Child Development from Birth to Rebirth
The study of consciousness at the intersection of Buddhism, developmental science and holistic perspectives in view, meditation and application
About the course
Abiding Heart Education inaugurated the Child Development from Birth to Rebirth course in 2020, bringing together experts in Buddhist human development, developmental science, and the Steinerian/Waldorf perspective on the nature of the human being. We will learn the Buddhist view of human development and how it relates to child development. In this course, we engage in meditation to explore the view in an experiential way. We learn how to apply the view and meditation when caring for and teaching children. An important aspect of child development in children's pedagogy is for teachers/parents to know what awareness meditation, and contemplative practices are appropriate in each developmental phase from early childhood to adulthood. Also, how we introduce the View and Meditation to children must come from a deep understanding of child development and how children learn in each developmental phase. In this way, we are able to support the child’s well-being and all-round development. As part of application, we also introduce in this course some meditation exercises for children appropriate for each developmental phase.
Forming part of Abiding Heart’s kindergarten and primary teacher training courses, these modules explore physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, self, and spiritual development from conception to birth, through childhood, adult development, and the bardos of death.
The richness and depth of the content are presented following Abiding Heart‘s interactive approach, integrated with experiential art and Charya dance. The online format allows everyone who is interested to join and, at the same time, open a welcoming space where participants can share experiences and form bonds.
Who this is for?
This course will be of particular interest to those involved in teaching and teacher training (kindergarten, primary, middle and high school, special and inclusive education); children’s social care, child and adult welfare; children’s health care, psychology, and therapy; students and researchers of the mentioned disciplines; parents; Buddhist schools around the world; Buddhist monastic schools; Buddhist centres with a children’s programme.
Part 1: Modules 1- 3 - Fee: $330*
Part 2: Modules 4 - 7 - Fee: $250*
The complete course comprises eight modules (9 weeks). Completion of part 1 is required for enrolment in part 2.
Lecturers: Ven. Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche, Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tsewang, Ven. Khenpo Sherab Tenzin,
Dr Meyrav Mor, Dr Gay Watson, Dr Tawni Tidwell, Dr. David Vago, Dr Dominique Side, Emma Hart, Shlomo Springer
Arts: Sangita Shakya, Swayambhu Shakya, Kristin Powers
Heart Sutra Recitation: Dr Meyrav Mor
Registration is open for Part 1, beginning on 31st July 2023.
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