A Humanistic Buddhist Response to Modern Crises
The Communities of Practice is a series of one day events focused on self reflection, exploration, networking and practice. The series has been organised by volunteers from the Nan Tien Institute
who are passionate about helping empower individuals and groups to respond effectively to the
common challenges of today.
Change the world by changing your world. Join us at the next Communities of Practice day.
Each day begins with an activity to focus and calm the mind and body. Mindful Movements remind us that every action we take should be done so with awareness and consideration.
Expert speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to a morning keynote session with the whole community. Keynote speakers come from diverse backgrounds and include environmentalists, authors, politicians, and local and international charity founders. All embody Buddhist values of compassion, generosity and wisdom to guide a new approach.
The community then divides into smaller groups to workshop practical responses to specific challenges. Workshops are facilitated by thought leaders from the fields of Buddhism, leadership, psychology and business. These sessions allow the collective skills and insights of the community to flourish.
The Communities of Practice is a wonderful idea based on the Dharma while being modelled from the modern business conference. The format is as follows: Basically there are some keynotes concerning the theme of the day, followed by an opportunity to meet, greet and chat with people through lunch and then entering into workshops or break-out sessions. There are range of sessions, each hosted by an expert on the subject. The day is concluded by an activity that draws a sense of conclusion, whether it’s a speech, expert panel or just a summary wrap-up of each of the workshops. I’d just like to say this concept works. Many of us who work in professional fields are familiar with this format and know that businesses will pay not-insignificant money for their employees to attend these conferences in the expectation they will bring new ideas, innovation and enthusiasm back to their respective organisations. However, here is the difference with the Communities of Practice: It’s open and available to all. It strives to meet people from a broad spectrum and make the event welcoming and inclusive. It does not create a barrier through an expensive price of entry, the event is by donation. It is a Dharma practice that is aimed at improving the general wellbeing of humanity compared to benefits of an individual business or organization. I personally hope to see this event and events like this grow and prosper.”
Chris Villy, 22nd April 2019
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