In this article, we illustrate the challenges and possibilities of Buddhist stories, including Zen stories and Jataka Tales, in the service of compassionate teaching. Through the tropes of these stories, we address manifestations and extensions of compassion in our teaching, including interdependence, impermanence, and equanimity. Using Buddhist stories and parables in the service of Western education can illustrate such deeper concepts and work to awaken and/or reinforce compassion, reflection, and mindfulness in teachers, pre-service teachers, and students themselves. The incorporation of Buddhist stories and parables in pre-service teacher education can focus the lenses of attention, encourage self-examination, and inspire students for further learning.
- reflective learning
- reflective practice