Tag Archives: Hong Kong International School

Learning to “Lead a Life of More Profound Wakefulness:” Reflections on a Body-Mind-Heart Framework in a Senior Religion Class

:Amar Bhardwaj’s Humanities I in Action Elixir Project focused on glass recycling, a project he carried on throughout his four years at HKIS. In this entry, Amar reflects on how he awakened to global environmental concerns in his grade 9 … Continue reading

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Burn Your Mandala: Letting Go in a Culture of Achievement

The shadow side of high-achieving educational systems is its demoralizing and even debilitating levels of stress upon students. The Buddhist spiritual practice of creating beautiful works of art called mandalas and then destroying them when they are completed offers schools … Continue reading

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“From Whirlwind to Wisdom”: Baccalaureate Speech to Class of 2016

Graduating senior Brent Hensley and myself prepping for the baccalaureate service on June 5, which began graduation week. Welcome to graduation week, it’s my pleasure to share a few thoughts tonight as you prepare you to go through this major … Continue reading

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Teaching for Self-Transcendence: Spiritual Practices in the World Religions Classroom

A spiritual practices project has become the centerpiece of my  9th grade World Religions curriculum. Students can choose any spiritual practice (such as meditation which resulted in the dreamy image of rebirth above) to help themselves grow. This entry shares … Continue reading

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Teaching Consciousness of the Body: Two Practitioners in Dialogue

In contemporary culture which overemphasizes the mind’s ability to accomplish and achieve, most students consider paying attention to the body for the purpose of “being” an unexplored strategy for stress reduction. In this dialogue Marty Schmidt and Sangeeta Bansal, both … Continue reading

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“I Feel Myself Radiate with Life:” One Student’s Journey of Awakening through Holistic Education Courses

“We have gone neither deep nor broad. We have emphasized neither solitude nor solidarity as essential to the spiritual journey. In fact, most of us are afraid of both and given little concrete training in either.” – Richard Rohr in … Continue reading

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The Role of Inner Awakening in Compassionate Action: The Worldview of Wisdom Teacher Cynthia Bourgeault

“In my own efforts to live the gospel I have found that it is virtually impossible to reach and sustain that level of ‘perfect love’ without a practice of contemplative prayer . . .. Ordinary awareness always eventually betrays itself … Continue reading

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In Search of Transformative Power in Education (Presentation at Hong Kong Institute of Education)

I was invited by assistant professor Tracey Alviar-Martin to speak to her International Education class on January 25 at the Hong Kong Institute of Education to address how I have developed new courses for students at Hong Kong International School. … Continue reading

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In Search of a Science-Religion Rapprochement: Introducing the Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin

“I fully expect that in the next millennium Teilhard will generally be regarded as the fourth major thinker of the western Christian tradition. These would be St. Paul, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Teilhard.” – Thomas Berry, The Human Phenomenon, p. … Continue reading

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Separation or Interbeing: Teaching for Wisdom in an Age of Technology

“Technology is destruction only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.” – Alan Watts, Tao: The Watercourse Way, p. 21. “We exist within a sea of aliveness; … Continue reading

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