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Communities of Practice

A Humanistic Buddhist Response to Modern Crises


In 2012, Venerable Dr Juewei invited a small group of volunteers to work together, bringing the Buddha’s ancient wisdom into the modern world.  Each project has been a learning experience.  As well as the materials and knowledge collected, we have been guided to put values, skills and reflections into practice. 

In 2018, the team reflected on their own development and the power of the community that had been built over the years.  While troubled by the increasing “crises” facing the world, we were continually encouraged by individuals and communities working to tackle these issues from innovative directions.  Inspired, we invited these friends to join in a new project “The Communities of Practice”, hosted at our spiritual home – the Nan Tien Institute, Wollongong. Using the principles of Humanistic Buddhism, the community spends a day working through practices to shape a compassionate, effective response to the challenges facing us in our modern lives.  

We hope that participants can take back to their homes, workplaces and local communities renewed skills and ideas.  From these small beginnings, we look forward to values such as generosity, empathy and community spirit developing deeply and permeating widely.

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Sunday Check-In Sessions

A half hour of Dharma, reflection and community connections.

Sundays from 11:00am – 11:30am Sydney Time via Zoom

2024 Events

Past Events

150th Check-In Session

A very special Sunday Check In celebrating 3 years and 150 episodes together.

100th Sunday Check-In Session

100th Check-In Session

Celebrating 100 Sunday Check-In Sessions over three years so far.

Disruptive Technology

Disruptive Technology

Jade Hutchinson and Alex Trauth-Goik discuss how social media is reshaping identity, relationships and community.

Mirrors to Wisdom

Mirrors to Wisdom

Members from spiritual communities across the world share their poetic reflections on 2020.

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With members across a variety of professions, world-views and spiritual beliefs, our community has been fortunate to hear a diverse offering of life-experience and wisdom. In order to benefit as many as possible, we have collected and compiled and are now able to present a number of resources including articles, talks, meditations and self-practice exercises to help you on your way.

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The Communities of Practice is a non-profit volunteer run initiative. If you would like to get involved, please contact us at