Buddhism and Network Marketing: The Third Jewel, ‘Sangha’

August 6th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

To catch up on the first three articles in this series, please start reading here.

Strictly speaking the term Sangha refers only to the assembly of people who have attained certain levels of realization. However the Buddha said that when there is a gathering of four bhikshus it is equivalent to having the Buddha present and it can be called a Sangha a respected so.

This is much like associating with network marketing leadership at weekly and monthly meetings or events. Or even a home meeting of four or more networkers constitutes a pretty picture of network marketing in a positive spirit and moving ahead.

“The Sangha are our spiritual friends on the path to enlightenment”, says the 17th Karmapa of the Kagyu sect. “As I learned from the Chinese classic Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art Of War’, friends are as important as comrades in times of war. We will need to depend on many friends throughout our lives and it cannot be overstressed that we especially need assistance from our Dharma friends (read as, network marketing community), lifetime after lifetime, as we walk the path toward the attainment of omniscient Buddhahood.”

If we do not maintain pure thoughts and good conduct even if we are in the company of a holy being we will be unable to benefit from it. On the other hand if we have a bad companion but are diligent practitioners with mindfulness and correct views, we will not be influenced by his bad habits and could even earn some merit from the situation!

Now if you look at how this applies to network marketing you will notice that nobody becomes successful alone. It is by leaning on a Sangha and respecting principles of teamwork alone does one continue to build teams.

Three core principles of such teamwork are Edification, Counseling and No Crosslining. Attending more and more meetings makes it clearer and clearer how the Sangha plays its role. The Dharma creates the inner awakening through CDs and books. While the Buddha is the mentor and the ‘blossoming’ that he facilitates.

These are the three jewels and how they play their parts. Click here to keep company with successful network marketers and gain expert advice. In the next article I will explain four Buddhist lineage practices – four common foundations… are they common really?

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