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  • Buddha was born as a son of a wealthy king

  • some 2,500 ago in Himalayan Mountains of Nepal.

  • After 29 years of living in luxury,

  • he left the palace for the first time.

  • Outside he saw ordinary people and immense suffering.

  • He decided to live a simple life,

  • spending most of the time among holy men or meditating.

  • His goal was to solve the mystery of suffering.

  • Over the years Buddha came to the realization

  • that we suffer because we desire things to

  • be more than what they are.

  • He spoke of 4 Noble Truths:

  • 1. There is suffering

  • 2. Suffering is caused by our desires

  • We can manage our desires by changing our perspective

  • instead of trying to change our circumstances.

  • 4. We can free ourselves from suffering

  • by following The Noble Eight fold Path,

  • also know as The Middle Way.

  • The Middle Way teaches us to consume in moderation,

  • cultivate self-discipline and strengthen

  • our mind through meditation and mindfulness.

  • So we become aware of our thoughts and actions

  • and realize that nothing is permanent.

  • We then can understand that everyone is exposed to suffering

  • and as a result become more compassionate.

  • With enough practice we can let go of all negative desires

  • and free ourselves from suffering altogether.

  • We reach full liberation of the mind.

  • Buddhist schools in Thailand, India and around the world

  • bring introspection into the lessons

  • and activities of their national curriculum.

  • Since Buddha believed that wisdom is rather a habit,

  • and not an intellectual state of mind.

  • learning by doing is key.

  • But students also practice concentration

  • and learn life skills like farming and skillful communication.

  • To build intrinsic motivation,

  • children get individual feedback

  • instead of reward and punishment.

  • Students learn to understand and manage their emotions.

  • An angry girl identifies the causes,

  • warning signs and transient nature of her feelings.

  • She might realize that we are not being punished for our anger, but by our anger.

  • A boy that aced a math test reflects on his success.

  • He understands that hard work pays off,

  • but also realizes that he should not be too proud,

  • because it separates us from others and creates loneliness.

  • He learns to be modest.

  • Daily rituals help the students to practice mindfulness.

  • In the morning, students meditate in front of a shrine,

  • chant Buddhist virtues

  • and send out feelings of goodwill to all living beings.

  • Sometimes students visit the community

  • to experience the pleasure of giving

  • and to see that some are suffering.

  • They understand that nothing is permanent,

  • not even life itself.

  • The goal of a Buddhist Education

  • is to spark our curiosity for lifelong learning

  • through reflection.

  • So that once we grow up,

  • we understand the consequences of skillful speech,

  • we learn to enjoy the simple things in life

  • and we find inspiration and wisdom

  • in our own thoughts.

  • Just as Buddha said

  • conquer anger with non-anger.

  • Conquer badness with goodness.

  • Conquer meanness with generosity.

  • Conquer dishonesty with truth.”

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