‘What we think, we become’

/ November 21, 2017

In this blog, I want to touch upon the vast topic of ‘focus’; a huge subject and a worthy one for consideration, in terms of generating the motivation to develop the practice and in exploring ways of teaching it to children both in school and at home. In all our literature – and as part of our recent winning submission

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Softening our responses

/ October 11, 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council have been experimenting with adding on an extra week to the  October half-term holiday and taking it off the next summer break, thus half-term has come around very quickly! In planning for the term dates 2018/19 (which are now on our website) I have tried to mitigate the negative effects of this, by ensuring that

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On Loving Kindness

/ September 20, 2017

‘It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.’ – HH The 14th– Dalai Lama Welcome to the new term and warm wishes to our new families and children! We also welcome Claire Moody,

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Everything Changes

/ July 14, 2017

‘Everything changes and nothing stands still’ – Heraclitus Anicca (impermanence in Pali) is one of the foundational premises of Buddhism and it asserts that all physical and mental events (including ourselves) are not constant or permanent. All events, in the widest sense of the word – physical and mental – come into being, dependent on conditions, change and finally dissolve

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Science and the ‘Seeing that Frees’

/ May 19, 2017

I have been reading Rob Burbea’s book, ‘Seeing That Frees’, subtitled ‘Meditations on Emptiness and Dependent Arising’. I want to share my excitement about this book, how I am connecting with it and how it links into a direction for the school. This is the sort of book that really excites me because I get very tired of my own

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Staying present to experiences, embracing difficult emotions

/ April 4, 2017

What a thrilling end of the Spring Term it has been! There was the fantastic, well-attended Family Mindfulness Day and, on the following Tuesday, I was amazed at how well the children from our small school performed in the ‘Let’s Dance’ celebrations. We hardly paused for breath to mark Red Nose Day and raised a little shy of £400 in

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‘Peace is the way’

/ March 10, 2017

“There is no way to peace, peace is the way” – Plum Village song Like all of the major world religions, Buddhism is a religion of peace. The Dhammapada, an early Buddhist collection of verses on practice and ethics in everyday life, makes this abundantly clear. Verse five of the text states: “Hatred is never appeased by hatred. Hatred is

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On Loving Kindness

/ February 10, 2017

Loving Kindness ‘Come sit down beside me I said to myself, And although it didn’t make sense, I held my own hand As a small sign of trust And together I sat on the fence.’ – Michael Leunig There are many prescriptions for living a good life but none resonate as much as those I take from my Buddhist practice. Practising

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Guarding the sense doors

/ January 31, 2017

This Precious Human Life “Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am

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Primary is primary

/ December 6, 2016

I have, almost unavoidably, been reading some post-US election articles and opinion pieces recently. They are strange and unnerving times we live in, in this ‘post-truth’ world. You cannot believe what you are being told as facts, even on the news, but you can trust your experience. A degree of scepticism has always been necessary, but recently my healthy scepticism

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