Bring Meditation into schoolPosted On: 15 May, 2017
I have been thinking about this: I hope that in the future meditation practices can be incorporated into the curricula of all the primary schools, middle schools, high schools, and universities in Nepal. I broached this subject to the president of Nepal and leaders of other nations before, but so far I have met no positive response. From my perspective, just like the human body that requires nutrition, the human mind needs meditation to keep healthy. The mental health of each individual has a bearing on the happiness of his whole family, the general social atmosphere, and even the quality as well as happiness of an entire population, in a broader sense. Meditation practice is an antidote to selfishness, which is our human nature. From there, we will come to learn to care for the health and happiness of other people; we will also gradually grow out of the habit of hurting others and damaging the environment.
What makes me feel pleased is that the principal of Kathmandu University did invite me to give lectures on meditation practice to PhD students. I shared with them my understanding of the importance as well as the benefit to the human body and mind of meditation. I taught them some simple methods to practice sitting meditation. I also told them that since they will become the key figures to the future development of education in Nepal, I hope that they could endeavor to make meditation part of the education, given its aforementioned benefits.
The principal of K&K University also extended an invitation to me to give lectures on mediation to his students of social work. Many of them expressed a keen interest in the “Bodhisattva in Action” (BIA) program and wish to be able to help others like the volunteers of BIA after graduation. During the lectures, I emphasized the paramountcy of vows, compassion, and the daily work of BIA.
I am delighted to be able to share my experience of learning and practicing with others, especially with those institutions of higher education, which show interest in meditation practice. Hopefully, someday in the future, meditation and students’ mental health can receive their due attention from all the essential educational institutions in Nepal. In fact, I hope all the education institutions around the world can recognize the role of meditation and make it part of their curriculum.