Many have heard the story of the Buddha's answer to the question that Ananda, his main student, asked: "Good, noble friends are not part of this journey, they are the WHOLE of it." We are conditioned to feel separate. What's reinforced in our culture is a basic sense of me in here and the world out there. This translates into a felt need to grasp for approval and defend this identity, and this dynamic can lead us into despair, harshness, loneliness -- suffering. Yet what we discover as we practice is we are always in relationship. All of experience is relating to life inside us and around us. Tonight we will explore the meaning of 'community; as an integral part of this Path, and how it both supports our awakening and is the milieu where we can practice compassion and kindness.