Buddhist practice in the West has often been seen as an individual path, best undertaken in solitude and in silence. And, it is true, developing the capacity to work directly with the mind is essential to the unfolding of wisdom. But we are also relational beings, who live in groups and are part of larger communities. The question may arise, especially in these times, about what teachings of the Buddha most pertain to the creation of community harmony and well-being. The scholar-monk Bhikku Bodhi has pulled together an anthology of discourses from the Pali Canon which bear upon the creation of collective peace. The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony (2016, Wisdom Publications) will provide the primary text used to explore the question of how individual development and perspective can support new social possibilities. This course will include review of key areas of the text, and individual and group investigation of their application and relevance in current conditions. Part of the day will be dedicated to silent meditation.