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Keep Teaching: 7 Tips for Switching to Online Teaching

As University of Mississippi professors convert their classes to online learning platforms, two of the university’s most experienced online professors say their best advice is for educators to breathe, think of their students, and take things one technology at a time. Photo by Adobe Stock OXFORD, Mississippi — As everyone adjusts to a new normal […]

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Japanese government recognizes pope as ’emperor of education’

Just days before Pope Francis arrives in Japan, the country’s government recognizes the Japanese characters that the Catholic Church has used for the pope for more than 40 years. By Devin Watkins – Tokyo, Japan “Pope Francis has something to teach.” This is how Thomas Power, an associate professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, interprets […]

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A Dharma Response to Climate Change

The following article was adapted from the speech by scholar and environmentalist Joanna Macy at the “No Time To Lose: A Dharma Response to Climate Change” event hosted by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California on September 15, 2019. A recording of all speeches of the conference is available on the Spirit Rock website. […]

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How to Find the Best Resources (Opinion)

Marisa Fasciano is an education consultant for Tanenbaum Center for Interfaith Understanding. Recently, we have witnessed a widespread need among educators and administrators at all levels for classroom resources to help teach religious diversity. For example, when we did our Religions in my neighborhood program available for free, requests poured in. A Kansas kindergarten teacher […]

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Buddhism: principles of the teaching of Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, born in the 5th century BC in what is today Nepal and northern India. He was called “the Buddha”, which means “awakened”, after experiencing a deep awareness of the nature of life, death and existence. In English, the Buddha is said to be enlightened, […]

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Buddhism: teaching the doctrine on Anatta ‘Non-self’

Eastern and Western philosophers have struggled with self-concept for many centuries. What is the self? The Buddha taught a doctrine called anatta, which is often defined as “no-self”, or the teaching that the feeling of being a permanent, self-contained self is an illusion. This does not correspond to our ordinary experience. Am I not me? […]

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Virya paramita traditional teaching of Buddhism

Virya paramita – the perfection of energy – is the fourth of the six (sometimes ten) traditional paramitas or perfections of Mahayana Buddhism and the fifth of the ten perfections of Theravada Buddhism. What is the perfection of energy? Let’s first look at the Sanskrit word virya. It comes from vira, a word from an […]