Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tsoknyi Rinpoche on Educating the Heart

I have several updates but it's been a busy time with our founder Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in town for the cremation ceremonies for his father, the great Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. It's been a time to reflect on the important things and I was grateful to have a few moments of Rinpoche's time to review LME's goals and aspirations. Meme Lama and all twenty of the Dewathang monks were also here and we managed to have a few quick but essential discussions about moving forward. I was able to hand off a stack of the Nonformal Education Programmes new English Language books to be used by Debbie during the language intensive that has started at the monastery to prepare for implementation of the LME curriculum that will begin in 2013.

In the meantime, here are some interesting ideas from Tsoknyi Rinpoche (Listen Here)
Photo of Tsoknyi Rinpoche by Ani-Konchok
from the Pundakara web site.

"I think we have to bring a new teaching into education to change the perception of reality," he says.

"I don't think right now in school they're teaching about love, compassion, and tolerance. All religions talk about that. And that is human nature - we have that. We have to change some of the education system. We have to bring some more heart teaching, loving teaching.

We have science, we have mathematics, art, history. But it's good to take thirty minutes, everyone close their eyes and see feelings, mood, thoughts, when you're angry - how it happened, how to release. Just to
give some time to your mind, what you can call your heart.

If you have more love, it's better. If you have healthy love, even better. If you have compassion, it's better for you, better for others. If you have insight that when your conflict comes inside of you, you know how to let it go, how to solve your problem - that's also a good thing. This is very important eduction. If Americans can do that, they'll save a lot of money. And those healthy people can help the country and help the rest of the world."

No comments:

Post a Comment