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Posts Tagged "education"
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By Dr. Particia Jennings
It’s no secret that American schools are facing a crisis. Academically students lag behind their peers in other industrialized nations and the drop-out rate is escalating, as are the numbers who have learning and mental health problems that put them at risk of developing serious disorders. Increasing numbers of educators are exploring the use of contemplative or mindfulness-based methods to reduce teacher and student stress, enhance classroom climate and students’ ability to focus their attention and to promote care and concern for others.
Research shows that gaining competency in focusing attention and maintaining emotional balance increases children’s resilience for meeting life’s challenges. It also improves their academic performance. Recent findings, suggest that meditation practice may provide a simple, drug-free way to support the development of core emotional and social competencies that underlie successful learning and help students and teachers excel. …
Lama Yeshe’s and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision for education in action has taken another step forward with Basic Program (BP) graduation ceremonies in Italy, Australia and the Netherlands. Designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as an integrated program of Buddhist studies suitable for a contemporary setting, the Basic Program is a practice oriented transmission of the Buddhadharma that takes students beyond introductory-level study and practice.
Based on the lam-rim, the course takes up to five years. In 2007, twenty-two students received the Basic Program Completion Certificate, a reward for completing all the subjects of the core curriculum and the lam-rim retreat. They also had to satisfy the Basic Program criteria for behavior and conduct – practicing to refrain from killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct (adultery) and intoxicants, while developing their concern for others and awareness of positive and negative states of mind, and developing the practice of patience and the bodhichitta motivation over the course of their studies.
A number of FPMT centers worldwide currently offer the Basic Program on either a residential or non-residential basis. The Basic Program is also available as a Home Study Program.
This means that the program is very flexible. It was Rinpoche’s wish that many centers would be able to offer a structured study program that went beyond introductory courses, as for most centers the Masters Program (MP) is too advanced and intensive. …
On February 15 Nalanda Monastery, France, officially completed its first five year residential Basic Program (BP) with a graduation ceremony. Geshe Jamphel, BP teacher and abbot, handed out BP completion certificates to the graduates (two of them were not there), and BP completion cards to students who did not yet graduate. The ceremony was an inspiration for the 36 brand new students of Nalanda’s second Basic Program, who attended as part of their introduction day. A special presentation was made to Ven. Tharchin, the program’s interpreter and Ven. Yonten, the program’s coordinator, reflecting appreciation for their contributions that made this excellent BP, with its three month review and three month retreat, such a success! Geshe-la then gave a talk to the 36 new students and all Nalanda residents, emphasizing the work that the BP students had done over the five years. The ceremony was followed by a big celebratory lunch. Two of these graduates are now FPMT registered teachers!
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FPMT Education is grateful for your support to any of the following funds.
- The Education Fund helps support all the works of FPMT Education Services.
- The FPMT Education Scholarship Fund provides the funding needed to create our comprehensive educational programs and helps financially support students in our programs around the world who are on track to become FPMT Dharma teachers, meditators, and practitioners.
- The Translation Fund helps support translations for FPMT programs as well as translations requested by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
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FPMT is unbelievably fortunate that we have many qualified teachers who are not only scholars but are living in practice. If you look, then you can understand how fortunate we are having the opportunity to study. With our Dharma knowledge and practice we can give the light of Dharma to others, in their heart. I think that’s the best service to sentient beings, the best service to the world.
Education is the very heart of FPMT. Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training programs, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, if you are wondering about the next step to take on your spiritual journey, please refer to the FPMT Education Programs page.
FPMT Education News
Keep up on news and updates form FPMT Education Services.
ProgramsFPMT offers a vast range of Buddhist study programs available in FPMT centers and as homestudy or online through the FPMT Online Learning Center. From introductory courses to the highest philosophical texts, FPMT provides everything needed to learn, practice, and fully realize the Buddha’s teachings.
Prayers & Practice Materials
FPMT Education Services has made available a variety of prayers and practice materials available for purchase as hard copy materials and/or eBooks and downloads.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given extensive advice and instruction for caring for others (and ourselves) at the time of death, or during the process of dying.
FPMT provides a wealth of opportunities enabling one access to Buddhist teachings and advice. You are welcome to take advantage of these resources.
Under Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice and care, FPMT has made the creation of holy objects a central mission of the international organization. We have collected extensive information and resources for the creation, sponsorship, or veneration of holy objects.
FPMT Service Seminars provide support and training to students offering service within FPMT centers and projects.
As the Dharma takes root in the West, clear translations of Buddhist texts, prayers, and teachings are crucial. FPMT works with translators around the world to translate Tibetan texts into English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, and many other languages.
Offer Your SupportFPMT Education has established three distinct funds, enabling you to offer support to our critical work.
FPMT provides Dharma practice materials, support, children’s classes and camps, and a whole secular organization just for youth and young adults!
To learn more about supporting FPMT Education, follow the links above to the Translation and Scholarship Funds, or see the Practice Generosity section of the Foundation Store.
FPMT Education Services works closely with the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, the official archive of the teachings of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
|Without understanding how your inner nature evolves, how can you possibly discover eternal happiness? Where is eternal happiness? It’s not in the sky or in the jungle; you won’t find it in the air or under the ground. Everlasting happiness is within you, within your psyche, your consciousness, your mind. That’s why it’s important that you investigate the nature of your own mind.|
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A PERSONAL STORY
December 2002-February 2003
When a newly trained volunteer teacher arrived at Drepung Gomang Monastery in the Tibetan settlement in South India, she was handed a piece of crumbly chalk, and confronted with a large class of young trainee monks. Five years later, Kristel Ouwehand tells of the extraordinary circumstances she still finds herself in as the only Western female among 1500 monks.
There I was on that first day, with no more than a year’s teaching experience in Dharamsala, and unable to speak any Tibetan, standing in front of forty wide-eyed, expectant little monks, who had rarely seen, let alone been taught by a Western female.
Teaching aids were unheard of and non-existent. Whatever I needed, I had to make – I was spending more time in preparation than in actual teaching time. Resorting to charades, Pictionary-style cards, and generally learning the hard way in the classroom, I eventually picked up enough of the language to learn their names, discover personalities and find out what they did and didn’t know about English.
Class sizes range from twelve students to over one hundred and twenty, sometimes with three or four students packed in to one two-seater desk. The students are mostly from the Northern Indian regions of Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, but these Himalayan regions have retained many of the same customs, traditions and even use the same written language as Tibet. The spoken forms of the language have gradually become distinct dialects, which tend to cause chaos in Class I for the first year, when the students from differing areas can’t understand each other, let alone the teacher.
Kids range in age from the youngest at five or six years old (this year there are two three-year-olds, one who threw tantrums until his parents let him stay in the monastery), to those in their early twenties. Classes are divided into eight grade levels. The majority of them are from extremely poor families; others are orphans or semi-orphans. A quarter of the school-age monks are refugees from Tibet …
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