Buddhist theory of education

Authored by: Caroline Brazier , David Brazier

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415571302
eBook ISBN: 9780203357385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136598562


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Buddhism is a spiritual tradition founded by the Indian sage, Siddhartha Gotama in the fifth century BCE. It aims to enlighten the mind (Harvey, 1990). Buddhism is concerned, among other things, with character cultivation, both through gradual training and by the precipitation of sudden changes of heart or understanding that reorientate attitudes and behaviour. The creation of schools, colleges, universities and various forms of training community, both monastic and lay, has been a central part of the evolution of Buddhism as an institution.

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