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A Buddhist in the Classroom

reviewed by Jason Goulah - March 31, 2009

coverTitle: A Buddhist in the Classroom
Author(s): Sid Brown
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791475980, Pages: 161, Year: 2008
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Ever since I began to study the Law handed down from Shakyamuni Buddha and undertook the practice of the Buddhist teachings, I have believed it is most important to understand one’s obligations to others, and made it my first duty to repay such debts of kindness. In this world, we owe four debts of gratitude. One who understands this is worthy to be called human, while one who does not is no more than an animal.           —Nichiren (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, 1999, p. 122) Sid Brown’s A Buddhist in the Classroom is first and foremost an expression of Brown’s attempt to repay what Nichiren calls debts of gratitude not only to Buddhism itself, but also to his students, friends, colleagues and teachers with whom he shares and shared his life and who guide(d) him to be a better teacher and a better Buddhist. We see this in his opening with explicit appreciation... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 31, 2009
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  • Jason Goulah
    DePaul University
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    JASON GOULAH is Assistant Professor of Bilingual-Bicultural Education and Director of World Language Education at DePaul University and Dean of Japanese Credit Abroad with Concordia Language Villages, Concordia College. His research interests include transformative world language learning, Makiguchi and Ikeda studies, and language, culture and multiple literacies. His research has appeared in such journals as Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Journal of Transformative Education, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Language and Literacy Education, Asia-Pacific Journal of Education and Journal of Language, Identity and Education. He recently co-edited a special issue of Educational Studies dedicated to Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s (1871-1944) educational philosophy, and his article, “Village Voices, Global Visions: Digital Video as a Transformative Foreign Language Learning Tool” was awarded the 2009 Stephen A Freeman Award from the Northeast Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages.
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