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Pam Cayton, founder of Tara Redwood School, a pre-school and elementary program near Santa Cruz, California, that “strives to develop the whole child: mental, physical and spiritual,” and Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC), an organization dedicated to providing tools and training to help educators offer children a deeper, holistic education, shared this news with Mandala:
On Saturday March 22, Tara Redwood School held their annual fundraising auction. Each classroom creates a group art piece to raise money for the scholarship program and the school development fund.
This clock was created by the children in the kindergarten and first grade class. The teacher asked them what message they thought would be helpful for people to live a happy life. This was generated from their discussions and voted on as the message they all wanted to send. Each child drew their self-portrait and their artwork was placed under clear glass jewels, set into a circle around the clock face. This represented the potential we all have to bring those jewel-like qualities into every moment, affecting ourselves, our friends, family and communities, thus making this world a happier, more peaceful planet and home for all! The classroom projects are always the most popular items for parents to bid on and this is a wonderful example of one of them.
The classroom projects are also a great representation of the Creating Compassionate Cultures organization and curriculum, which officially launched their Online Institute for Creating Compassionate Cultures (OICCC) on March 31. The Online Institute offers a 12-course online certification course to educators and anyone interested in learning the CCC curriculum and its methodology – the Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion, the theoretical basis that helps the curriculum develop a child’s natural ethics, wisdom and compassion.
Creating Compassionate Cultures invites parents, teachers, psychologists, counselors and coaches to explore the Online Institute for Creating Compassionate Cultures (OICCC).
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, is sponsoring all the midday (lunch) meals for the children of the Central School for Tibetans in Bylakuppe in South India. The cost for this is US$8,086.61 for the year.
In April 2013 Rinpoche also offered US$30,000 for the complete renovation of this school’s kitchen.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited the school in January of this year for the inauguration of the kitchen. At that time Rinpoche wished to offer more support to the school and pledged to offer lunch for the children for all of 2014. The children are offered a good quality vegetarian lunch that is prepared daily in the new kitchen.
Please rejoice! This offering will allow the school to focus more of their limited resources on the educational curriculum.
You can donate any amount to the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund:
“The objective of a school is to bring up children so that they come to have a compassionate nature, and to have the quality of loving kindness in their minds, so that they grow up with the thought of universal responsibility. They need to have the idea, ‘I have the responsibility to free others from their problems and grow up having these qualities.’ That stops them from giving harm to others; they only benefit others. If we develop the mind in this life, then life to life, as the mind continues, of course it affects our future lives. So, from life to life there is benefit. The children are able to benefit all sentient beings, to bring them to liberation and enlightenment. Many people will not understand this, but this is our goal: to create less causes of suffering and to create more causes for happiness. It brings peace and happiness to the family, country, society, and world. …”
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Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC), an organization dedicated to providing tools and training to help educators offer children a deeper, holistic education, has recently soft-launched the Online Institute for Creating Compassionate Cultures (OICCC). The Online Institute will offer a 12-course online training program starting March 31, 2014, to educators and anyone interested in learning the CCC methodology – the Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion.
“This comprehensive program engages the inner world of trainees,” explains CCC founder Pam Cayton, “and provides practical tools for implementing the CCC curriculum in a variety of settings. Participants throughout the world can come together in this new online venue and explore course material through original CCC content, contemplative practice, discussion forums and multimedia from some of the leading neuroscientists, educators and psychologists today.”
Inspired by Lama Yeshe’s vision for secular education, the idea for CCC began developing in 1989 at Tara Redwood School in California. Pam officially founded CCC in 2008. “I wanted to give educators a way to offer children a holistic education that addressed not only their academic needs, but their psychological, emotional and social needs, too. For example, the curriculum includes a component for children to learn how to identify emotions by associating them with colors and learning how to express them publicly in appropriate ways. The heart of all of this is the Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion, the theoretical basis that helps the curriculum develop a child’s natural ethics, wisdom and compassion.”
Pam hopes that the OICCC will give interested people more training with the material than could be done in a weekend workshop and expand the “classroom” to a global scale, meaning international students can work together to understand and experiment with the ideas discussed.
“I want people to understand that this program is suitable for parents, teachers, psychologists and anyone who works with children and families,” Pam says. “I believe lots of people can benefit from this and I’m so glad to be carrying on Lama Yeshe’s vision for education in this way.”
Creating Compassionate Cultures invites everyone to preview course offerings on the new OICCC.
“My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
“… You are so precious, so kind, so dear and so wish-fulfilling just like a flower bud about to gradually blossom and to shine, giving great happiness and peace to your family and your parents, who are most kind and precious to you. Not only that, but also giving happiness to your neighbors, society, country, and to the whole world and universe.
“There is not only this universe; there are numberless universes. This is even mentioned by scientists, as well as by Buddha. So you are bringing great happiness and peace to all the beings in the numberless universes – to the numberless human beings and the numberless animals in the numberless universes. So there are all kinds of beings that we don’t see at this moment. They have their own world according to their mind, but some people can see them – especially omniscient ones and those with clairvoyance, who can see the different worlds and the different beings, according to their view and also through meditation.
“Besides the future, even now you are giving so much happiness to your family by not harming others and not giving problems, and by giving happiness to others, who are numberless. This is the best way to fulfill all your wishes and bring happiness. Even if you don’t think that way, it just happens.
“This is the real purpose of living. This is the best meaning of life and this is the root of our happiness. In this way you can fill up the world with happiness – not only your own family, but the whole world. So you are in this school to bring happiness to the world; you are in this school to learn to make the whole world happy, besides your family.
“Thank you very much. I hope to see you soon.
“With big love and prayer…”
Learn more about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche and his beneficial activities by visiting Rinpoche’s homepage, where you will find links to Rinpoche’s schedule, new advice, recent video, photos and more.
In January, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave many oral transmissions and teachings to school children from the Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Ladakh, India. The school was set up by the monks of Ngari Khangtsen at Sera Je Monastery in South India. The children had been brought to Sera Je for the recent Jangchup Lamrim teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche sponsors the school childrens’ meals through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund. The children at the Ngari Institute are orphans or have come from abusive or very poor families. They follow the standard government educational curriculum during the day and learn about Tibetan Buddhism and culture during after-school hours.
Rinpoche’s assistant Ven. Roger Kunsang reported that the children have memorized many prayers and Lama Chöpa and “they know the tunes!”
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