A pathway to wisdom and compassion.
Buddhism is considered more of a science than a religion – and its emphasis on the development of the mental faculties is most suitable in guiding educational practice.
Buddhism teaches the development of wisdom and compassion as a means to develop our human potential.
It embodies ideals of loving kindness, tolerance, open-mindedness and peace making. It teaches meditation techniques that enable us to understand the nature of our being through deep inquiry, as a method for working with the mind.
Our school draws freely from Buddhist philosophy and offers it in the spirit of spacious inquiry rather than authority.
“DEFINING A BUDDHIST EDUCATION” by Geshe Konchok – Dharma School Founder
“The main principles guiding the Daylesford Dharma School are the two views that are fundamental to Buddhism. They are like the two wings of a bird. On one side are the method teachings and on the other are the wisdom teachings.
The method teachings include the principles of non-harm and loving kindness and guide the cultivation of behaviour. They form the basis of ethical behaviour and as principles, are shared in common with all other religions..
On the other side are the wisdom teachings. These teachings are particular only to Buddhism. The wisdom teachings hold with the view of interdependence. They are a tool to see how phenomena exist, especially when viewed in relationship to difficulties. They are a framework for understanding our present and unpleasant situations. The wisdom-view teachings promote the efficient use of our intelligence to overcome the difficulties, rather than to be overcome by our difficulties.
What sets the Daylesford Dharma School apart from other schools (and there are many excellent schools in existence that train the child with external skills and objectives) is the attention being paid to the inner resources of each child, without ignoring the external aspects.
If in the formative years of a child’s education, the focus is strongly on how to get ahead in this life and achieve, without the focus on inner development, then there is not much chance of these inner qualities of compassion and kindness coming to the fore.
Children who develop fully their inner qualities through balanced education with attention to both inner and outer development, will influence their life choices because of these qualities. Compassion is more likely to be in their motivation even when engaging in business. There is a greater chance that they will engage in ethical business development that will take into account the potential affects on the environment and the impact on others.”
The main theme of Buddhism is altruism based on compassion and love. The feeling of compassion is important whether you are a believer or a non-believer, for everyone shares or feels the value of love.”
~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama