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“Sit in Your Cell and It Will Teach You Everything:” Supporting Student Well-Being During COVID-19

But when the music stops and the storm comes as it has, and so much of that which we relied upon has fallen out from beneath our feet, we are left with what we have cultivated inside our own heart, … Continue reading

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Release, Receive, and Return: Using Labyrinth-Inspired Spiritual Practices during the Coronavirus Crisis

Introduction We are beginning week three of “virtual school” during the coronavirus crisis in Hong Kong. Using the online platform “Zoom,” we are teaching our classes at their scheduled times through our laptops. While technologically this is certainly far better … Continue reading

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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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“Empowering Students to Solve Community Problems: Research and Pilot Program” by Naina Mishra

Naina engaging in a service project with Muslim students in India. Dear Reader, Naina is a recently-graduated senior student at HKIS who has thought quite deeply about two issues that are priorities in our school community: service learning and student … Continue reading

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The Refugee Run and “White Helmets:” The Deep Impact of Experiential Learning

Introduction It is a truism that “experience is the best teacher,” and so it is with Humanities I in Action, our cornerstone social conscience course at HKIS, that the second most powerful lesson in the curriculum (after the Foshan orphanage … Continue reading

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Waking Up to the Vertical Dimension: Initial Student Reflections on “Spiritual Explorations”

One of the first meetings of the new “Spiritual Explorations” team in spring, 2017. This entry shares the new SPEX curriculum that emerged from our collective work, the first unit that we have just completed, and an analysis of students’ … Continue reading

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Walking the Bodhisattva Path: Teaching Compassion on a China Orphanage Trip

Introduction What’s really real? Having brought hundreds of students to two nearby orphanages in southern China since 1995 with a plethora of memories – good news of adoption and connection along with tragic stories of separation and loss – I … Continue reading

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Flag Day Charity Fundraising: Student Entry into a Complex Psychosocial World

Introduction We know that physiologically 14 year olds are just starting to wake up to their ability to exercise introspection. Students begin to view themselves and other self-reflexively, as they now are able to consider the inner psychological reality and … Continue reading

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Education’s Most Needed Reform: An Orientation to the Universe

This stunning image of the Buddha from the Golden Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka communicates the truth that spiritual growth is often associated with luminosity –  which I experienced, strangely enough, when grading my final World Religions papers earlier this … Continue reading

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Did We Make A Difference? Action Research of a Teaching for Empowerment Program in South India

Introduction For the last seven years HKIS students have come to our two sister schools, Concordia-Ambur and Concordia-Pernambut, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to implement a “Teaching for Empowerment” curriculum developed by our students. Once again we … Continue reading

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