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Monday, May 21, 2007

the future of “team-based right livelihood” in the FWBO...

A weekend looking at the future of team based right livelihood (TBRL) in the FWBO will take place early this autumn. Organised by the European Chairs Assembly the weekend is aimed at all those Order Members and mitras interested in the subject. As Vajragupta, who is overseeing the event, explains:

“ Our aim is to have a weekend ‘re-visioning’ what TBRL is and how to make it work – economically and spiritually – in today’s FWBO. Anyone who is interested in TBRL is welcome whether you’re currently working in it or not. It is for people working in both “new styles” of right livelihood, and those working with the “old models” too. We welcome people working at centres and retreat centres, those doing TBRL whilst living in communities, or living on their own, or with families and partners – all varieties are welcome! We want to explore what ‘Team-Based Right Livelihood’ actually means in today’s FWBO and how we can help projects both old and new.”

The weekend will start with a process known as “appreciative enquiry”, in which participants will look at what they’ve gained and valued from working together as Buddhists in the past. As Vajragupta says, “Through this process we can connect with our vision, identify where we’d like to go and the steps we need to take to get there. The aim is to generate energy and inspiration, and also start to find solutions to the practical and spiritual issues currently facing TBRLs.”

The event takes place from Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September at Bilberry Hill in Birmingham. The cost is £35 per person for the weekend, including accommodation and food. Bilberry Hill has dormitory style accommodation, and is located near the Lickey Hills on the southern edge of Birmingham. It is easily accessible by car and by public transport. The food will be cooked by a quality Buddhist cook. Bookings on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book by sending a non-refundable cheque payable to “FWBO” for £35 to: Vajragupta, c/o 31 Sandhills Road, Barnt Green, Birmingham B45 8NP. Phone 0121-447-7427 for more details.


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