Buddhist Leadership Training Programme
Towards a New Paradigm of Spiritual Growth for Ecology, Sustainability and Social Justice
Overview of Semester 2
Shambala Warrior in Action : Applying Engaged Buddhism for Social Change
5 December 2016 to 4 March 2017
This semester we will focus more on the practical application of socially engaged Buddhist principles in the reality of the present society. We will start with exploring the Engaged Buddhist movement of the three main Buddhist schools Theravada, Mahayana and Vajaryana in different settings. Then we reflect deeply on past and current reforms and revolutions around the world and consider important lessons learned for the Engaged Buddhist movement. One highlight of the semester is the knowhow of empowering the marginalized in society so they can stand up with dignity on their own with a non-violent approach. This is quite unknown to many Buddhists who for society and this module will deepen their work and address the root causes of the problem. We are also including practical management knowledge and skills much needed for non-profit organizations. The final module of the semester is the well-known ToT (in Asia) run under GLT/SEM/ETA for 20 years now called the Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment . As for the inner work we still keep two modules one on self knowledge for leadership from within, the other is art therapy and how to cultivate intuition for leadership. There are still some spaces left on all modules please apply for either the whole semester or individual module/s as early as possible by contacting: Jessica Armour email@example.com
More information about each individual module will be announced shortly.
Module10: Buddhist roots & Engaged Buddhism 1 (6-11 Dec, 2016 7/ days Fee $455 USD)
Module 11 Buddhist roots & Engaged Buddhism 2 (13-17 Dec, 2016 /5 days Fee $325USD)
These two modules will look into the roots of Buddhism and the Engaged Buddhist Movement. Participants will learn from and interact with authentic teachers from Mahayana, Theravada and Vajarayana schools of Buddhism to gain an understanding of the essence and core teachings of each tradition. Mahayana Buddhism is practiced in East Asia; Theravada in South East Asia and Vajarayana in Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia and Ladakh. They will also learn about the core Buddhist teachings of the Ambedkar a Buddhist revival movement in India emerging in the 1950s to reintroduce Buddhism as a means to end the caste system and promote social justice and environmental sustainability. Participants will identify the similarities and differences of the traditions so as to deepen into own school and learn to respect and understand each other. This will set the foundation for cooperation between traditions to enhance peace, justice and sustainability in the world. We will go on to look at how Buddhism of all the above traditions have applied the Buddhist teachings into the social realities of each era and in each region of the world. We start with the topic of essence of Buddhism of all traditions. Then we will look at contemporary Engaged Buddhism in each part of the world e.g. Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the West.
Module 12: Exposure Studies
(18-22 Dec, 2016 ) Plus 4-day New Year beach holiday (30 Dec 2016 – 2 Jan 2017) and
3 day Reflection on application of Buddhist teaching to contemporary world (3-5 Jan 2017) (BLT team)
Fee: $1,250 USD
We will visit 3 Buddhist communities and reflect on strengths and weaknesses of how they apply Buddhism in dealing with contemporary issues. The first community is Pathama Asoka where radical simplicity and communistic structure has been applied to a community of both lay and ordained people. This demonstrates a challenge to the mainstream contemporary Buddhist Sangha that is contaminated with consumerism and capitalism. Then we will visit Wat Songthamkalayani of the newly founded Bhikkhuni Sangha in Thailand led by a strong ordained woman, Ven Dhammananda. The final community is in Trad Province close to the Thai-Cambodia border. Here Phra Subin, a charismatic provincial monk is applying the Buddha’s teaching to create a vast network of community savings groups with billions of Baht in their circulation. This is arguably challenging or supplementing the exploitative commercial banking system in Thailand. Then we go for New Year holidays and reflection on a beach nearby.
Module 13: Self-knowledge & Leadership from Within
(3-7 Jan, 2017) 5 days (Somsit Asdornnithee &Pracha Hutanuwatra) Fee: $325 USD
There are many ways to self-knowledge; in this module participants will have a chance to self-reflect through learning about the Enneagram a powerful tool for personal and collective transformation. Stemming from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (written symbol) the nine pointed Enneagram symbol represents nine distinct ways of relating to self, world and other. Each type has a different pattern of thinking, feeling and acting. Participants will be led to discover their type and how it impacts on their inner and outer leadership. Participants will also experiment dialoguing with their inner selves. This particular kind of self-knowledge contributes to accepting oneself as who we are and helping us to be at ease of our realities both desirable and undesirable. It also helps us to understand how to work with others in a group. This work will also help to identify the need to cultivate hidden potential from within.
Module 14: Mindful Art for Self-discovery & Cultivating intuition for Leadership
(10-15 Jan, 2017) 7 days (Vikram) Fee: $500 USD (Methee + Kanjanaporn & Vikram Bhatt)
Everyone is an artist. Art can be used to heal ourselves deeply. In this module the first 3 days will be used for mindful art workshop for self-discovery by Methee + Kanjananporn. Then be followed by 3 days cultivation of intuition for leadership development by Vikram Bhatt. When leaders make decisions especially difficult ones intuition is imperative without which good decisions are very difficult if not impossible. Reading and using intuition accurately and creatively is key trait of a good leader. The ancient art of intuition has disappeared from modern education. Vikram Bhatt is trained in various contemporary and ancient disciplines that cultivate intuition. He is a highly skilled coach working for transformation of individuals, communities and organistions. He builds and supports leadership at all levels to implement inner and outer change rapidly and effectively, see the wisdom of diverse perspectives and create a culture of connection and collaboration.
Module 15: Reflection on key revolutions and reforms in human history
(17-23 Jan, 2017) (Tom Radzienda & Pracha Huntanuwatra)
Fee:$ 455 USD
In this module participants will have a chance to critically examine important revolutions and reforms in the West and East over the past three hundred years, including their contexts, successes, failures and consequences. The cases we look at are: The French Revolution; Social reformation in the UK; the Russian Revolution; Social democracy of Scandinavia; the Iranian Revolution, The Saravodaya movement of Sri Lanka; the Gandhian movement of India; the Global Ecovillage and Transition Town movements and if possible the Cuba Revolution and Latin America leftist movements.
Module 16: Gender and Social Justice
(26-30 Jan, 2016) 5 days (Auyporn Khienkhaew)
Fee: $325 USD
Gender issues come into all aspects of our life nowadays. Finding a new balance between genders in contemporary societies, some more modern, other more traditional, has been going on over half a century. It seems that the search will continue. It is vital for new and experienced leaders to be updated on this debate and find ways, to face contemporary challenges. It a social justice issue though social justice covers a much broader area of oppression and exploitation to include issues between classes, races, religions, countries, regions and more. We will explore these two twin concepts and their implication both at the individual and structural levels and look at how gender issues manifest in the Buddhist sangha. The course will also provide an opportunity to consider how to bring gender and and feminist concepts in our life experiences and contemporary social issues
Module 17: Community Organising for Empowerment and Social Movement
(1-7 Feb, 2017) 7 days
(Sarinpawn Pummanee and team)
Fee: $455 USD
Most social change initiatives without people’s serious participation do not last. Community organizing for empowerment is a fine art with people participation a core value. Although it takes time and the process is complicated it warrants serious attention from community change leaders and religious leaders, as the outcome is more likely to be sustainable in the long-term. Participants will learn basic theory, listen to stories of best practice and visit some communities in Chiang Mai that have gone through this process successfully. We will review how they arrived at the present point linking practices and theories behind them and pondering their possibilities for success and failure in the future.
Module 18: Management Skills
(8-15 Feb, 2017) 7 days (Theerawat Tantiviramanon & Narumon Paiboonsitthikun) Fee: $455 USD
Many Buddhist temples, NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs) struggle with organisational and project management. This module, composing of two workshops, Project Cycle Management and Organisational Management will introduce basic principles and ideas of more effective management proven tools and systems from INGOs and business. There will also be sufficient time to reflect on how to humanise and adapt these practices appropriately for local NGOs, CBOs and Buddhist organisations. This will enable our work to be more effective, transparent and systematic whilst supporting human inner growth and warm relationship in our organisation.
Module 19: Beauty and Sustainability – Chiang Mai Study Trip
(16-21 Feb, 2017) 5 days (BLT team)
Fee: $400 USD
This rich learning experience in Chiang Mai will have two days with Tepsiri Sukhsopha a renowned impressionist artist enjoying pastel painting as well as discussions on change and beauty in Chiang Mai Province. There will be a visit to a radical green alternative community Pan Pan seeing ecovillage in practice and talk to Jon Jandai the charismatic founder. Then participants will also learn about and experience the green market movement in the region and talk to the founder to learn how it was setup and works.
Module 20: Practical Leadership – Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment
(23 Feb-4 Mar 2017) 10 days (Pracha Hutanuwatra, Jane Rasbash and team)
Fee: $1000 USD
Every aspect of human interaction needs facilitation; mindful participatory facilitation is invaluable and rare, as it is empowering not domineering. The aim of this module is for leaders to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes of empowerment vis-a-vis domination. Participants will ride a dynamic balance of meditation practice, experimenting with facilitating and leading sessions to go through an holistic educational experience. The module incorporates many aspects of the well-known ToT (training of trainers) for those familiar with our Grassroots Leadership Training (GLT) and Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) courses particularly in Southeast & East Asia. There are two main components.
Mindfulness Practice – Each day there will be two practice sessions and mindfulness techniques introduced step by step so that participants are able to incorporate mindfulness into their daily life especially when facilitating. Mindfulness is an important skillful means to cultivate intuition which is much needed in real facilitating situations of all kinds. Without mindfulness any skills and concepts learned will be difficult to put into practice in actual facilitation.
Facilitating Participatory Learning Journeys The aim of this component is for facilitators to gain the necessary skills and confidence to teach the four dimensions of sustainability in ways that support participants to empower themselves both inwardly and outwardly. These future facilitators will be expected to have knowledge in the areas they plan to teach and this module will prepare them to teach this material in a way that builds a learning community and draws deeply from the group they are working with. Participants will ride a dynamic balance of meditation practice, experimenting with facilitation and clarifying principles to go through a holistic educational experience. There will also be ample time for facilitation practice where all participants will gain confidence in using participatory learning tools by taking the lead in assigned sessions.