Buddhas still in classrooms

where is the mustard seed?

David Keiser, Aditya Adarkar

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-848
Number of pages13
JournalReflective Practice
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Keywords

  • compassion
  • equanimity
  • impermanence
  • interdependence
  • mindfulness
  • reflective learning
  • reflective practice

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Keiser, David ; Adarkar, Aditya. / Buddhas still in classrooms : where is the mustard seed?. In: Reflective Practice. 2015 ; Vol. 16, No. 6. pp. 836-848.
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Buddhas still in classrooms : where is the mustard seed? / Keiser, David; Adarkar, Aditya.

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