Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
Activists and Scholars of social movements discuss how to generate a nonviolent mass movement for structural change. Based on studies of nonviolent mass movements, studies of Ghandi’s method by Prof. Gene Sharp.
From a dharma perspective, one of the most interesting aspects was Ghandi’s establishment of activist ashrams–places where movement leaders could devote all their time and practice to training and organizing more leaders for the movement. This introduces a whole new vision and rational for ‘Buddhist centers’ or ‘sanghas’–places of refuge where dharma practitioners can devote all their time and effort to training and learning to build mass movements for social change.