About Us

 

Abiding Heart Education’s™ new approach places the emphasis on developing wisdom and compassion that is to be lived in the classroom and in our personal life. We focus our pedagogy on Kindergarten through Class 10 and on the teacher’s inner development.

 

Abiding Heart’s uniqueness is that it rests on a Buddhist paradigm rather than on prevailing education systems or worldviews. By bringing together Buddhist view, meditation and application with Steiner/ Waldorf educational methodology and developmental science, we have created a transformative approach to learning, which is grounded in a process that nurtures the learners’ changing consciousness and fosters autonomy and ownership in teachers. The Abiding Heart approach to education interlinks all aspects of learning and knowing and advocates for self-transformation by bringing about a shift in how children and teachers learn and experience the world. 

 

Founded in 2017, the Abiding Heart campus offers a full-time two-year teacher training diploma and Master’s degree course which  interweaves academic lectures, practical curriculum studies, Himalayan and experiential art classes, meditation classes, and teaching practicum in the high Himalayas. The curriculum draws deeply on the live Buddhist experiential tradition which emphasizes applying the knowledge acquired in everyday life and experience in order to nurture an ongoing transformation. The experiential Buddhist lineage fused with developmental science and holistic methodology are necessary to ground students in this new education approach so that they can bring transformative learning into the everyday reality of teaching kindergarten and primary children.

 

The first semester of the training can be taken as a stand-alone immersive course in Experiential Buddhist Foundation Studies and provides a rich, integrative learning experience. This semester is open to all and focuses on inner development, be it for those preparing to become teachers or for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of Buddhism through head, heart, and doing.

 

Abiding Heart’s teacher training offering includes part-time teacher training courses, professional development, complementary short courses, and a range of study retreats are under development. We also offer consultancy services on implementing Abiding Heart Education™ in different cultural settings.

 

What do we do?

Abiding Heart Education conducts on-going research, curriculum development, and teacher training in this transformative, experiential approach to children’s education. 

 

Abiding Heart Education does:

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Transformative Experiential Buddhist Education 

Research

Curriculum Developement 

Teacher Training

Consultation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abiding Heart Education: Transformative Experiential Buddhist Education

Buddhism’s ideas of learning are transformational in nature. The aim behind the Waldorf/Steiner approach is educating children towards inner freedom. In Waldorf education, balancing thinking, feeling, and doing faculties allows the possibility for tuning in with the process of the world which then enables us to consciously apply intuitive thinking to our lives. Abiding Heart Education paradigm is the interplay and weaving together of the Buddhist and the Waldorf/Steinerian styles to learning. Deeply inspired by both Buddhist and Waldorf traditions, this education paradigm is transformative, experiential and engages in an integrated and holistic learning rather than following the prevailing materialistic, fragmented education methodology. 

Furthermore, Abiding Heart’s Experiential Buddhist education is grounded in nurturing the learners’ changing consciousness. It is centred on emotional literacy and a multi-sensory experiential approach where learning and knowing are interrelated. In this way a shift towards the manner in which we think, feel, and act is more likely to occur. To bring about such a change, our unique approach is imbued within the Buddhist worldview and Waldorf methodology to support learners as their awareness grows, widens, and deepens. This approach includes an internal evolution of consciousness in the students’ connections to selfhood, others, and nature. 

 

There are many aspects in Waldorf education philosophy that resonate with Buddhism. Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Philosophy of Freedom’ aims towards inner self-determination. Most notable commonalities are the inner path to realise our higher self or true nature; concepts of karma; reincarnation; the interdependent nature of everything; compassion; contemplation; and the importance of social, moral, and environmental responsibility. Influenced also by Eastern Philosophies, Steiner viewed everything in the universe as interconnected and interdependent. The ability to use the imagination in such an expansive way, according to Steiner, is a skill necessary for developing higher thinking faculties and deeper levels of consciousness. The importance of well-being and building community between students and teachers is also a shared value. This approach is known for its ability to produce flexible human beings who can handle conflicting demands. Waldorf education is designed to awaken reverence and gratitude in the student. These are principles that already exist in Buddhism. In this way, the Waldorf methodology allows for the preservation of Buddhist ideals. 

 

Research

Our current main research focuses on: 

  • How might Buddhist Human Development contribute to forming a wholistic perspective of child development?

  • How to teach in a bi-lingual and trilingual classroom without having a common language? 

  

Curriculum Development

Abiding Heart Education's approach is a fusion of the Buddhist view, or Ontology (the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being) and Epistemology (the theory of  knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. and the distinction between justified belief and opinion),  and the Steiner/Waldorf pedagogy, methodology, and an experiential Buddhist learning style. 

Abiding Heart Education curriculum includes:

  • Kindergarten Education 

  • Primary/Secondary Education (class 1 through Class 10)

  • Teaching Languages (bilingual and trilingual)

  • Charya Sacred Dance (Class 1-10)

  • Special and Inclusive Education 

  • Experiential and Traditional Indigenous Arts

  • Teacher’s Inner Development​

 

Teacher Training

Abiding Heart Education’s mission is to provide the highest quality training to prospective teachers in early childhood education, primary/secondary education, language teaching, special and inclusive education, and sacred dance education. In this education we also draw upon the richness of the Himalayan region, and other parts of the world, using the Buddhist paradigm from which to understand and apply developmental science and transformational pedagogy when educating children.

 

Abiding Heart Education offers teacher training courses on a full-time and part-time basis leading to a Master’s degree and/or a Teaching Diploma in Experiential Buddhist Education with specialisations in one of the following areas. Please click on any titled area link to read more information on that specialisation.

 

Consultancy Services

  • Implementing Abiding Heart Education:

    • We offer consultancy services to communities, and new and existing schools wishing to implement Abiding Heart Education's Approach.

  • Bespoke:

    • We offer the option to custom-make Abiding Heart Education to meet the various Buddhist traditions and lineages requirements, as well as embed the curriculum within the cultural and legal requirements of the country or community requesting.​​

  • Extra Unique Bespoke:

    • We offer the option to custom-make Abiding Heart Education to meet non-Buddhist traditions, as well as, embed it within the cultural and legal requirement of the country or community requesting.

 
 
 
 

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