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Enchanted Chanting: Experiencing Peace and Purity in the High School Classroom

Introduction Is it possible to give my stressed out students an undeniable experience of inner peace in a group setting? This thought motivated my recent experiment to bring chanting into an elective religion course that I teach at HKIS called … Continue reading

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The Essentials of a Curriculum for Self-Understanding: The Body-Mind-Heart Framework in SSS

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” -Aristotle Education as it is currently understood, particularly in the West, ignores the human soul, or essential Self. This essential Self is not some vague entity whose existence is a matter of … Continue reading

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Visiting Hong Kong Places of Worship: Grade 9 SPEX Project

The Chi Lin Nunnery and Garden in Diamond Hill is a quiet oasis in the middle of Kowloon. Dear Grade 9 SPEX Students, Spiritual Explorations is all about experiential learning, so we want to give you the opportunity to get … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Spiritual Community: The Franciscan Path of Contemplative Action

The statue of a war-weary St. Francis that stands outside of the famous basilica that bears his name in Assisi.  “What is the relation of [contemplation] to action? Simply this. He [or she] who attempts to act and do things for others … Continue reading

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“Practicing Self-Love with the Enneagram” based on Robert Holden’s Global Enneagram Summit Talk

In June, 2016 I attended an Enneagram workshop in London taught by two of the  leading Enneagram teachers in the world, Russ Hudson (teaching) and Robert Holden (seated). In this entry I summarize a recent teaching session done by Robert … Continue reading

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“Recovering My Focus Towards Self-Love:” Final SSS Essay by Hollis Brown

Dear Students, When you become an upperclassman at HKIS, the word “college” looms large over everything else. The question at this stage of your life, to paraphrase Jesus’ famous line, is, “How to gain college admission without losing your soul?” … Continue reading

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Wisdom’s Wager: Quiver Like A Bead of Mercury

McEwan Hall at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland What is the spiritual life all about at its core? Growing up in a conservative Christian household, I knew the answer: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Believing … Continue reading

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