Title

The Buddha in the Classroom: Toward a Critical Spiritual Pedagogy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2007

Abstract

To teach with a moral lens, especially one centered in compassion and reinforced by an awareness of suffering, may require taking stands that challenge the dominant quantitative paradigm based on high-stakes testing and accountability. Yet what are the tools that would allow educators to renew their sense of compassion with themselves and their students? We draw on the diverse literatures of spirituality, social justice, and education. Following Thich Nhat Hanh and others, we find that Buddhist stories and parables are a useful tool in the contemporary United States for awakening or reinforcing compassion and mindfulness in teachers, students, and administrators so that they can address the joint challenges of "too much emptiness" and "too much fullness."

DOI

10.1177/1541344607306362

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