‘Curriculums, Exams and Degrees – How Do We Really Learn About Life?’
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‘Curriculums, Exams and Degrees – How Do We Really Learn About Life?’

A public talk at the Manchester Buddhist Centre in the ‘Buddhism and the Big Questions’ series   26th March 2011   In this talk I begin by briefly exploring two contrasting educational theorists who are influential today: John Locke proposed that the child was a ‘blank slate’ that could be written upon; and Jean Jacques Rousseau was an educationalist for whom the child was like a plant to be grown and nurtured. I then look at the influence on education of the contrasting twentieth century philosophies of Logical Positivism, which influenced the digital revolution, and Heidegger’s philosophy of Phenomenology, which puts a great emphasis on personal experience. I conclude by exploring how three Buddhist scriptures: the Satipatthana Sutta – which contains the Buddha’s main teaching on mindfulness, the Kalama Sutta and the Meghiya Sutta, all shed light on what would be an ideal Buddhist education. Watch video – 65 mins (45 Mb) 133 plays on Vimeo. Audio recording of this talk downloaded 916 times from Internet Archive as of 8 January 2014.                         Use PayPal to donate£5£10£25£100Other Amount: Your Email Address :   Donate here to help me carry on helping others  ...

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