The main principles guiding the Daylesford Dharma School are the two views 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.
This particular use of intelligence, conjoined with loving kindness and universal responsibility is the philosophy that informs the Daylesford Dharma School’s approach to education. It supports children to realise their innate goodness - to be open hearted and warm human beings. It provides an approach to problem solving that is in accord with the future challenges that they will potentially meet.
The school intends to bring benefit to many by teaching the noble qualities of loving kindness and universal responsibility.
Excerpt from the School’s Founder,
Geshe Konchok Tsering
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