3rd-7th September 2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram
(Pracha Hutanuwatra & Natha Dannonthadham)
In our program all participants support each other to co-create a body of knowledge together with facilitators. This is a new paradigm of education in practice where cooperation is replacing competition and the holistic ethos of “the whole as more than the sum of the parts” is there from the very beginning. It is also an engaged spiritual learning journey where study, fun, work and spiritual practice are integrated into a single path daily. Good friend is such an important concept in Asian culture which defines a real community. Where there are no good friends there is no community. We explore together how to build a real eco-community.
Co-Creating a community of good friends for supporting personal growth and being the base of social change
Learning outcomes :
- be able to explain the key principles of community building
- appreciate diversity among friends and bring awareness to,and respectsimilarities and differences.
- be able to make use of different tools to build up community based on ancient wisdom and contemporary perspectives.
Learning Themes (schedule example from 2017)
|DAY 1||OPENING MANDALA
Sacred Music, prayers and chanting, elder blessings, candle walk and seed-planting
|ART, CELEBRATION AND COMMUNITY
Making prayer flags to take with us to every learning space
Walk around Ashram
|Historical context of Ashram and INEB & ETA
Introduction to Ashram staff
Overall picture of the Training
Sharing what inspires participants to join the Training
|DAY 2||Theme: Power Sharing & Community Building|
co-designing common ground & prioritising contents
fine-tuning contents and process
forming home groups & buddies
|1st community building exercise|
|Co-creating compassionate energy field in community building|
|Debrief on Art, ceremony and community building|
|DAY 3||Theme: Participation and Trust Building|
|Participation and Facipulation|
|Trust Building and Deep Listening|
|Long term group circle|
|DAY 4||Theme: Contemporary Approach to Community Building|
|Four Archetypal Elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire|
|Rank dynamics in Community Building|
|Edge Work in Community Building|
|The Council of Well-being|
|The model of the Good Community|
|DAY 5||Theme: Ancient Wisdom for Community Building|
|A Taoist Way|
|A Buddhist Approach|
|DAY 6||Theme – the marginalised; consensus decision making and feedback loop in building community|
|The mainstream and the marginalised; consensus decision making|
Recommended readings and websites:
Bodhi, Bhikkhu, 2016. The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: An Anthology of Discourses from Pali Cannon.Somerville MA USA: Wisdom Publications.
Tzu, Lao, 2007. Tao Te Ching. Translated by D.C. Lau. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.
Joubert, Anja Joubert and Robin Alfred, 2007. Beyond You and Me: Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community (4 Keys to Sustainable Communities).1st ed. East Meon, Hampshire: Gaia Education, Permanent.
Joubert, Anja Joubert and Robin Alfred, 2007. Beyond You and Me: Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community (4 Keys to Sustainable Communities). https://issuu.com/marcelotodescan/docs/beyondyoandme
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. A Notion of Buddhist Ecology. Retrieved from http://www.thaibuddhism.net/Bud_Ecology.htm
Low, Colin, 1964. The Hutteries. Retrived from
Hand-outs/ Powerpoints During Module:
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. “A Notion of Buddhist Ecology.” Seeds of Peace2 (1987): 22–27.
- A. Payutto. Buddhist Leadership Qualities – extract from Quality of Abbots
Community Building – extract from Peck, Scott. The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace. NEW YORK: Touchstone.
Intentional Community – extract from Bodhi, Bhikkhu, 2016. The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: An Anthology of Discourses from Pali Cannon
Introduction – extract from Bodhi, Bhikkhu, 2016. The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: An Anthology of Discourses from Pali Cannon
Overall Picture of the Awakening Leadership Training– Pracha Hutanuwatra
Phases – Excerpt from Mindell, Arnold, 2017. Conflict: Phases, Forums, and Solutions: for our dreams and body, organizations, governments, and planet. North Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Tzu, Lao, 2007. “Tao and Leadership” in Tao Te Ching Translated by D.C. Lau. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.
5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Excerpt from Lencioni, Patrick, 2002. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A leadership fable. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.