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Buddhism and Mindfulness CPDs at the London Buddhist Centre

 

I meet a lot of Religious Education teachers and I marvel at how you do what you do. Teach all the main world religions and other spiritual paths and ways to human development and growth? How do you do it?

For those of you who can get to East London this November, we’re offering two workshops which we hope can assist you in your teaching of Buddhism if that is part of your curriculum. You can also attend an introduction to mindfulness for yourself and your school. See below for the details.

For all three workshops:

Venue: London Buddhist Centre, 51, Roman Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0HU

Cost: £65.00 per person

Presented by:  Srivati

Booking:     email [email protected]

 

Primary Religious Education: Teaching Buddhism

Thursday 2 November 2017 9am – 12.30

Suitable for: Primary RE coordinators and other staff teaching Religious Education at Key Stages 1 & 2

Workshop Description

This workshop will take place in the main shrine room at the London Buddhist Centre, introducing and exploring the Three Jewels of Buddhism:

  • the Buddha, the ideal of Enlightenment,
  • the Dharma, the truth-teachings and practices such as ethics and meditation and
  • the Sangha or spiritual community.

Content will include the Buddha’s early life story, the nature of enlightenment, the symbolism of the Buddha image, karma, ethics and the practice of the Five Precepts, key teachings such as the Four Noble Truths and other significant themes such as kindness, impermanence and devotion.

As well as presentations, there will be reflection, discussion, opportunities for questions and a short, secular meditation.

 

Secondary Religious Education: Teaching Buddhism

Thursday 9 November 2017 9am – 12.30

Suitable for: Religious Education Teachers at KS3, KS4 and KS5

Workshop Description

This workshop will take place in the main shrine room at the London Buddhist Centre, introducing and exploring the Three Jewels of Buddhism:

  • the Buddha, the ideal of Enlightenment,
  • the Dharma, the truth-teachings and practices such as ethics and meditation and
  • the Sangha or the spiritual community.

Content will include the nature of enlightenment, the symbolism of the Buddha image, karma, ethics and the practice of the Five Precepts, including in the context of specific ethical dilemmas. We will unpack key teachings such as the Four Noble Truths and the Three Marks of Conditioned Existence and other key themes such as kindness, devotion and non-attachment. We will also examine the practice of Buddhism within the Triratna Community, a contemporary Western movement based on traditional teachings and related issues.

As well as presentations, there will be reflection, discussion, opportunities for questions and a short, secular meditation.

 

A calmer you, a calmer school:

An introduction to mindfulness for yourself and your school

Thursday 30 November 2017 9am – 12.30

Suitable for:  SLT and other interested Staff

Workshop Description

The practice of mindfulness is a tool for living and supports the cultivation of awareness of ourselves, others and the world around us. It helps us, whether we’re an adult or a child, in or out of school, to develop focus, emotional resilience and well-being.

This workshop is an experiential introduction to mindfulness and an exploration of the benefits of teaching it to children and staff in school. You will be given simple mindful tools to help you as a hard-working teacher and support your management of energy and the experience of stress.

We will look also at the key principles of teaching mindfulness in schools. Srivati will share her experience of working in collaboration with those wanting an integrated approach to mindfulness in their school ethos and culture.

Background

Srivati has been teaching Buddhism to school children at the LBC and in schools for 15 years. She has been delivering the Breathing Space in Schools pupil programme across London since 2007 as well as adult secular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses in schools and at the London Buddhist Centre. She also teaches the biannual Breathing Space in Schools teacher training.

She has been practising mindfulness since she became a Buddhist in 1984. She was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1993 and is also a qualified school teacher.

For further information on mindfulness in schools, please visit our website: www.breathingspaceinschools.co.uk 

2 Comments

  1. Cheutalla Williams on September 26, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Your ks4 course sounds amazing. Any chance you might offer it on a weekend my school eont give me time off.

    • Srivati Skelton on September 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Hello there. We might be able to offer a weekend CPD. Do you think a Sunday would be ok though? We’re very busy most Saturdays at the London Buddhist Centre. If so we could try one in the spring…
      Srivati

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