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Judith Hunt, a long-time student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, gave a talk on basic Buddhism to sixth graders at a local Catholic school in Marin County, California – and their appreciation and understanding of the subject took an astute and sometimes surprising turn. Tatiana, 12, believes, “Anyone can be a Buddha. You just have to be close to flawless.” Here are some more of their comments …
Christina: Siddhartha Gautama is the main Buddha. He was a prince whose father didn’t want him to be a spiritual leader so he locked him up in a palace. Many countries study Buddhism and there are many buddhas. In Tibet they were usually not vegetarians because they had no agriculture, but they didn’t kill animals themselves. The Muslims did it for them – it was almost cheating! Buddhism doesn’t revolve around a God; it revolves around getting every bit of stress and bad thoughts and hatred out of your head. Also involved is watching your breath and calming your mind. Buddhism is also about purifying yourself. No one quite knows what the Buddha looked like. People who study Buddhism are all suffering mentally, and besides that we are all each other’s mother.
Rosario: Buddha is not a god in the sky. You have to be enlightened to be a Buddha. We are all suffering and there is no beginning or end. We have all been each other’s mother and animals are almost equal to us. One of the eight steps to enlightenment is that you must not have a job that harms others; for example, you can’t be a butcher. To be enlightened, your body has to be purified as well as your mind. In addition, your mind does not have to be totally empty in order to meditate successfully. When you die your consciousness goes to seek another life. …
By Shyla Bauer
Have you ever received advice from your guru, and then later questioned yourself as to whether you could really fulfill their advice? In 2004 that happened to me.
I was volunteering in the FPMT Mongolia center at the time. I had been there for almost eighteen months, after offering my services to Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2002. Before that I had been volunteering and traveling in India and Nepal for a few years. Mongolia was an amazing center to be involved in, but I was now twenty-five-years old and wanted to return home to Australia, to my family and friends, the sunshine and beach.
I was fortunate enough to have a meeting with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and I mentioned my plans to return home, saying that I would always be happy to continue helping while I was home. I envisaged helping out at Buddha House and De Tong Ling (my FPMT centers in South Australia), secretly thinking that having offered service in Ulaan Baatar, (the coldest capital city in the world), nothing could be harder than that.
Well, I certainly was wrong!
Rinpoche was in Mongolia teaching at EEC4 [Enlightenment Experience Celebration 4], which I was coordinating. During his teachings Rinpoche mentioned a new organization that he wanted to start for young people, called Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth (LKPY), which would use the tools of Essential Education to teach young people of all religions and countries the principles of the ‘good heart.’
“You teach young people loving kindness, the result is peaceful youth, and as youth are the next generation, the result is a peaceful world,” Rinpoche explained. I heard it briefly while rushing around organizing things and I remember thinking, “Wow, that sounds pretty interesting; it will be amazing when that happens,” but I didn’t give it much more thought, as EEC4 was keeping me very busy.
We’ve given over these pages to the young people who constitute the board of Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth (LKPY), the youth-oriented initiative of Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Mandala June/July 2007, p. 16) which was launched in Melbourne, Australia in June. Clockwise from bottom right they are Shyla Bauer (in striped top), Matt Barker, Ven. Freeman Trebilcock (ordained by Lama Zopa in 2000), Mike Reid, and Poh Lin Lee.
More than 150 people attended the launch dinner. Guest speaker was Jack Heath, founder and executive director of the Inspire Foundation. Heath’s organization inspires young people to create opportunities to change their world, and in particular does fantastic work with the prevention of youth suicide. Jack concluded his speech by leading the audience in a loving kindness meditation.
LKPY’s mission is to create space for young people to engage in developing peace for themselves, their communities, and the world as a whole. It is a non-profit organization run by young people for young people, and is based in Australia, but it has a worldwide scope.
“Peace starts with individuals developing the basis of their own inner peace,” they will tell you. “Just as a waterfall starts from just one drop of water, LKPY believes peace starts from just one person.” …
By Loretta Viscuso
As a design teacher in a public school, the art institute Vittoria in Trento, Italy, I ask myself how to bring my young students closer to values like compassion. My lessons provide the opportunity for them to design a heart-project using their artistic skills. Where better than in actual places where art can improve the quality of life?
This year we have been working on a project to install decorative panels in the surgery ward of the Borgo Roma Hospital in Verona. This allows the students to reflect on suffering and to see first-hand the often private stories of the patients and their families.
A kind and sympathetic doctor helped us to organize a meeting at the hospital so the students could understand the hospital environment and the needs of the patients and staff; and to find a sponsor to pay for the materials. We began lessons at school to discuss how art can help to improve the quality of life in that place. …
By Priscilla Maxwell
Karuna Hospice Service’s desire to encourage a kindness culture in the community was supported by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s 2008 “Out of the Box Festival” in Brisbane for children between the ages of three and eight. A series of art workshops under the banner “It’s Cool to be Kind” was held in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre over the six-day festival in June.
In a total of twenty workshops working with 300 children (and their parents), through storytelling, interactive games and artwork the children explored ways of how to be kind to each other. The parents participated in the workshops, and this created an opportunity for kindness conversations between parent and child, and between all the parents and children. …
The title reveals just one of the questions inquisitive children ask at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London. Brian Richardson reports:
So far this year, Jamyang Buddhist Centre has had visits from ten primary schools and one teacher training college. Altogether, about 350 primary school children have visited the center. In previous years there have been as many as 1,400 children visiting.
Jamyang’s team of volunteers give children and teachers a tour of the building and an explanation of some of the ways Buddha taught on how to live life with a good heart. Jamyang not only contributes to a school’s curriculum, but also offers a positive experience for both kids and teachers, who often speak of the peace and happiness they experience after the meditation session in the gompa. “By teaching children to have a good heart and be kind to others, they grow up to be good human beings,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained. …
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. …
FPMT News Around the World
Vajrayana Institute, an FPMT-affiliated center in Sydney, Australia, is celebrating the success of its recent inaugural Young Minds conference. More than 600 delegates converged on the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre to attend the youth-focused event, held June 19-22. Attendees heard presentations by some of the world’s leading speakers (of all ages) on issues concerning the welfare, potential, minds and hearts of today’s young people.
Speakers included Dr. Larry Rosen, Professor and Past Chair of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, whose research into the effects of technology on young people shatters some long-held myths; adult and child neurologist Dr. Judy Willis, who explores creative ways to captivate kids in the classroom; teenage sailor Jessica Watson, who captivated the audience with her story of what it took to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world; and Western Buddhist meditation teacher and chant master Lama Surya Das, who hopes to fan into flames the embers of buddha-nature residing in all of us, including our young folk.
Conference organizers received overwhelmingly positive feedback from Young Minds delegates. Attendee comments repeatedly used words like “inspiring” and “affirming,” and “tears” and “laughter.”
For the Young Minds 2013 conference, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation to speak, marking the fourth time that His Holiness has participated in one of the intitute’s events. “We are very blessed!” write conference organizers. Young Minds 2013 is scheduled for June 19-20, 2013, at the Sydney Town Hall. For more information, visit the Young Minds website.
With 158 centers, projects and services around the globe, there is always news on FPMT activities, teachers and events. Mandala hopes to share as many of these timely stories as possible. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
FPMT News Around the World
Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth (LKPY), an international project of FPMT, received some much deserved recognition in a thoughtful piece on school violence written by Russell Evans and published on Shambala Sun’s blog Sunspace. Evans, a school teacher in a rural and conservative part of the United States, wanted to offer his students some tools to help them handle the stress they encounter in school. He discovered LKPY’s secular curriculum of mindfulness practices and introduced his class to LKPY’s Be Kind Day, where students brainstorm ideas about what it means to practice kindness and then engaged in those activities.
“Be Kind Day was one of the most wonderful days I ever had in the classroom. Students began laughing, others cried, and everybody left school feeling blessed,” writes Evans. “When I began this journey, I made the assumption that I could actually teach and model kindness. I now know that this is only partly true. Yes, by using the Be Kind Day curriculum and drawing on my own practice, I could make some helpful suggestions and hold the space. What really happened though is that my students already possessed abundant kindness and were just waiting for the opportunity to practice it.”
With 160 centers, projects, and services around the globe, there is always news on FPMT activities, teachers and events. Mandala hopes to share as many of these timely stories as possible. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
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