Available on Amazon, this work exploring religious and spiritual intentional communities active in the world today, Spiritual and Visionary Communities, provides a balanced introduction to a diverse range of communities worldwide. Breaking new ground with its focus on communities which have had little previous academic or public attention, the authors explore a part of contemporary society which is rarely understood. Communities studied include: the New Kadampa Tradition, Israeli kibbutzim, Mandarom, the Twelve Tribes, ‘The Farm’ and the Camphill movement. Written from a range of perspectives, this collection includes contributions from members of the groups themselves, former members, and academic observers, and as such will offer a unique and invaluable discussion of religious and spiritual communities in the U.S., Europe, and beyond.
Chapter 4 of the book, “Realizing the Guru’s Intention: Hungry Humans and Awkward Animals in a New Kadampa Tradition Community” is by former NKT member, artist and campaigner, Carol McQuire. The chapter explores the mechanics of life within NKT and offers insights into why an increasing number of former members have started to speak out, reporting their experience of the considerable damage membership of the organization has caused them.