Middle Way Education Announces New Director – Buddhistdoor Global
Middle Way Education, a landmark non-profit educational initiative inspired by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s vision of a progressive environment for the education of children grounded in Buddhist values, has announced the appointment of Brandon Lee to its Board of Directors. .
“Middle Way Education embodies, for me, a spirit of integrating the wisdom of Dharma through thoughtful educational materials relevant to our current times.” said Lee, Canada’s former consul general to the United States, in an announcement shared with BDG. “I also appreciate the open and harmonized way in which the education frameworks are drawn from a wide range of experts from the Buddhist world. I am delighted and honored to be part of this council and to help in any way possible .
Lee joins five other board members: Manwai Ng from Zen Mountain Monastery, Chagdud Khadro from Khadro Ling Brazil, Michael Macioce, a teacher from Santa Barbara, and Pema Abrahams and Kuhn Sucharitakul from Thailand, as well as the president of the board of administrator of Middle Way Education, Noa Jones.
Jones extended a warm welcome to Lee, noting, “We are inspired to have someone with such great vision, who has worked in the highest offices of this continent and who sees the value that the Buddha’s teachings can bring. to modern challenges. . Children are the leaders of tomorrow and by equipping them with a time-tested set of tools such as discernment, equanimity, respect for inquiry and ease of mind training, we have a better hope for a harmonious future.
Middle Way Education is a non-sectarian organization, with counselors drawn from Zen, Tibetan, Forest Thai, Shambhala and other Buddhist traditions. Supported by a grant from the Khyentse Foundation, Middle Way Education established its first pilot school in 2018, The Middle Way School, in New York’s Hudson Valley,* and now partners with educational institutions across Brazil, Nepal, Thailand and the west coast of the US.
The Khyentse Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2001 with the aim of promoting the teachings of the Buddha and supporting all traditions of Buddhist study and practice. The foundation’s activities include major text preservation and translation projects, support for monastic colleges in Asia, a worldwide scholarship and awards program, the development of Buddhist studies at leading universities, training and development of Buddhist teachers, as well as the development of new modes of teaching inspired by the Dharma. education for children.
“Lee was appointed to oversee Canada-US relations as Canada’s Consul General in San Francisco, then also in Seattle, and served as Canada’s Ambassador to Silicon Valley,” Middle Way Education shared. with BDG. “He has a strong track record as both a leader and innovation leader, and has held several leadership positions in national and international governments. From 2007 to 2011, he oversaw global reform activities aimed at strengthening Canada’s international presence and became the Department’s first Director of Innovation. From 2012 to 2014, Lee held senior positions at the World Trade Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross (both in Geneva), spearheading major organizational and international reform initiatives.
Founded in 2017, Middle Way Education is a global non-profit network established with the vision of creating a new system of education based on Buddhist wisdom and compassion, and building on schools, resources and projects education around the world. The project includes an online hub where Buddhist educators can communicate, network, share resources, lesson plans and teaching materials, learn from each other and support each other.
“The inherent intelligence and kindness in children runs deep,” Jones told BDG. “We are developing an educational model focused on cultivating these natural qualities. We find the ways in which Buddhist philosophy and practice breathe life into such educational elements as connection to the natural world, integrated and state-based sensory learning, inquiry-oriented academics, and the need for learning. a harmonization in order to meet the students on their individual paths.
Born in Bhutan in 1961, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is the son of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and was a close student of master Nyingma Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991). It is recognized as the third incarnation of 19th century Tibetan terton Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892), founder of the Khyentse lineage, and the immediate incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959).
In addition to the Khyentse Foundation, Rinpoche’s projects include Siddhartha’s Intent, an international collective of Buddhist groups supporting his Buddhadharma activities by organizing teachings and retreats, distributing and archiving recorded teachings, and transcribing, editing and translating manuscripts and practice texts; 84000, a global non-profit initiative to translate the words of the Buddha and make them accessible to everyone; Lotus Outreach, which runs a series of projects aimed at ensuring the education, health and safety of vulnerable women and children in developing countries; and Lhomon Society, which promotes sustainable development in Bhutan through education.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has long championed educational reform, viewing education as a fundamental platform for ensuring the survival of the Buddha’s teachings and for creating a better world for all beings, stating, “We are trying to prepare and to form part of the next generation of human beings through Buddhist values and Buddha’s teaching on love, compassion and wisdom. We also hope that in training the next generation of Buddhists, authentic Buddhadharma can continue to flourish, and that knowledgeable dharma practitioners will carry on the lineage through their love and support, and through the study and practice of teachings. So we are developing an education model. (Khyentse Foundation)
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