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Should every child learn meditation at school?

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.

Should every child learn meditation at school (if you could decide)?

yes
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no (if so why not?)
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Total votes: 28

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby befriend » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:15 pm

ok teach transendental meditation then. i dont care what it is. as long as it alleviates childrens suffering in a non religious context. end of arguing, out of principle, because its so stupid.
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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:16 pm


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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby David2 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:17 pm

Why not let children chose between buddhist meditation, hinduist meditation, christian meditation etc...?
Problem: "religious conflict" solved.
Yes, it will cost some money to pay the teachers, but once people stop all the expenses on war and military... that should not be a problem anymore.

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby befriend » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:18 pm

i just said teach TM then, thats not the fundamental question. because it doesnt matter what type of meditation it is, it matters how much it helps people.
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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:22 pm


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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby David2 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:23 pm


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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:27 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:28 pm


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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby befriend » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:28 pm

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:33 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby David2 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:35 pm

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:36 pm

Hey befriend;

Do you live in the United States? Look at the news. Do you really think the economic resources and the cooperation is there to have meditation offered universally in the school system?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby befriend » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:39 pm

kind of done with this topic, as the question quality seem to be deteriorating.
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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:50 pm

I think this thread actually raises some really important questions. There is an underlying assumption for many of us (including me!) that it's "obvious" that some aspects of Buddhist practice are beneficial and those assumed benefits have nothing to do with "religion". It might be worth examining those assumptions in more detail (on another thread).

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:55 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:56 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby acinteyyo » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:59 pm

I voted "no".
It's better to say the right things at the right moment instead of just telling something precautionary. Otherwise it's just a waste of time.
Seeds have to be planted in good season in order to sprout...

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby jackson » Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:14 pm

Greetings everyone,
While I do think that teaching meditation in schools would not go down well with many parents, I think that if empathy were taught in some form during formative years the world may be a kinder place. 5 minutes a day of putting yourself in someone else's shoes really does change the mind over time, and empathy does not have to be associated with religion. Interesting topic, and I hope we can keep this debate friendly! :smile:
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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:25 pm

Greetings,

I say yes, though it should be as non-denominational as possible (unless it's a denominational environment), and parents should still retain the right to opt their children out of it (whereupon the teacher just makes them just go sit quietly in the corner :lol: ... with their eyes shut so they don't see the meditation happening :rofl: )

It could be promoted as a cross between discipline, mental health and promoting a calm and sane school environment.

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Re: Should every child learn meditation at school?

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