WHO WE ARE: Ames Mahasangha is an ecumenical American Buddhist sangha (with primarily Korean Soen and Vietnamese Thiền lineage roots - see Lineage for details). As a modern American sangha, we vow to act with compassion, wisdom and equity, to share resources, and to build relationships that empower liberation from dukkha.
VISION: A world where all sentient beings can awaken, find freedom from the causes of suffering, and meet their lives with joy and ease.
MISSION: To support and nurture each other and all who seek to practice the Dharma in daily life.
VALUES: Guided by wisdom and compassion, we seek to support awakening through skillful thoughts, words, and actions, that all beings in every moment might achieve clear mind and maintain correct situation, relationship, and function.
We welcome all people, regardless of sex, age, race, gender, nationality, marital status, and experience, to our community. We recognize that there are many systemic -isms, and we desire to reduce the harm that they can cause. We also recognize that many of these biases have existed within Buddhism, such as when considering the place of women in Buddhism.