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COMMUNITY BUILDING

5-9 December 2022

Venue

Wongsanit Ashram, Central Thailand

Setting the stage for a learning experience where 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 and well-being, work and spiritual practice are integrated into a single path daily. 

 

By incorporating an important concept in Asian culture - a Nobel Friend – we work to define real community. Where there are no noble friends there is no community. We explore together how to build a real eco-community.

LEARNING GOAL

To co-create a community of noble friends to support wellbeing, personal growth, and build foundations for social change.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Participants will:

  1. learn about the basic principles of experiential learning

  2. be able to explain the key principles of community building

  3. appreciate diversity among friends and bring awareness to, and respect similarities and differences

  4. be able to make use of different tools to build up community - based on ancient wisdom and contemporary perspectives

Recommended Reading

  • 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). 

Retrieved from: 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. 

Retrieved from: https://aeon.co/videos/utopian-communities-rarely-last-how-have-the-hutterites-done-it-over-four-centuries