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Meditation and Education: India, Tibet, and Modern America

by Robert A. F. Thurman - 2006

This article explores Asian traditions of meditation, with particular attention to Buddhism as it was developed in ancient India. It delineates a core curriculum, initially developed in monastic institutions of higher education, that has been most fully preserved in Tibet. It then explores how this curriculum might be adapted so that it can help support a genuinely humanistic education within American higher education. This exploration focuses not only on the inherent values of Buddhist meditation but also on practical strategies that can be used to introduce these values in the academic curriculum and in the broader campus life.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 9, 2006, p. 1765-1774
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12680, Date Accessed: 1/26/2021 10:41:40 PM

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  • Robert Thurman
    Columbia University
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    ROBERT THURMAN is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, and he also serves as the president of Tibet House. As a former Buddhist monk closely associated with the Dalai Lama, he has been instrumental in translating Buddhism for a Western audience. Among his many publications are The Smile of the Buddha; Anger; The Central Philosophy of Tibet; and the recently published The Jewel Tree of Tibet.
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