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Real, Relevant or Redundant: Positioning and Re-Positioning Buddhism in Australia as an Education Paradigm

Smith, Sue (2014). Real, Relevant or Redundant: Positioning and Re-Positioning Buddhism in Australia as an Education Paradigm. In: The Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences Osaka, Japan Conference, Osaka, Japan, 27-30 March 2014.

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Author Smith, Sue
Title Real, Relevant or Redundant: Positioning and Re-Positioning Buddhism in Australia as an Education Paradigm
Conference Name The Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences Osaka, Japan Conference
Conference Location Osaka, Japan
Conference Dates 27-30 March 2014
Conference Publication Title The Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences Osaka, Japan Conference Proceedings 2014
Publisher The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Publication Year 2014
ISSN 2187-4743   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 127
End Page 139
Total Pages 13
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract This discussion paper seeks to determine what relevance the Buddha-Dharma might have to contemporary education in Australia, and draws conclusion about how the Buddha Dharma might inspire and progress the agendas of democratic schooling more generally. It is argued that if education is seeking to promote resilient individuals and socially engaged citizens, then these aims warrant specific and targeted teaching of values and that these are predicated upon students having facility to be aware of their actions and able to make choices and consider consequences. The meta-ethics of wisdom and compassion are discussed alongside key commentators who have sought to shape directions in democratic schooling. Finally a model is presented of how some of the key values emphasised in the Buddhist path, the paramitas (Skt.) when coupled with mindfulness exercises, serve to build a more robust pedagogy that has individual resilience and engaged citizenship at its core.
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URL http://iafor.org/conferences/acp2014/
http://iafor.org/conference-proceedings-the-fourth-asian-conference-on-psychology-and-the-behavioral-sciences-2014/


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