Sangha is a word in Pāli and Sanskrit meaning ‘association’, ‘assembly’, ‘company’ or ‘community’ and most commonly refers in Buddhism to the monastic community of ordained Buddhist monks or nuns. This community is traditionally referred to as the bhikkhu-sangha or bhikkhuni-sangha. Within this community those who have attained a higher level of realisation are referred to as the ariya-sangha or ‘noble Sangha’.

Origin:

Pāli, Sanskrit