Building a community of good friends
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 respect similarities 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)
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.