Creating the World Around Us
Buddhism is a practice and a path which come out of an appreciation of interdependence. In Buddhist tradition, our way of speaking this connection is “Om Mani Padme Hum”, may the jewel be within the lotus; may the mind may be within the heart.
To create space in higher education for a connection between the student’s self- reflective awareness and the world around them is, as Kabat- Zinn mentioned in his visionary talk last spring, to create a new Renaissance. Here at Wellesley College, I work to bring about that Renaissance through our practice community, as well as through Education as Transformation, a movement founded on the principle that education is inherently a spiritual process. Our field of spirituality and education is expanding and developing with such creativity and energy, and the ability to make these connections so necessary in the twenty-first century-- that it calls me to deepen my own experience and to get to know myself better. Like aspens in a forest, which seem separate trees but are actually connected at the roots--the more we all deepen our insight and compassion, the more we may serve as catalysts, to bring about a more interdependent and awakened world.
So--may we be instruments of this awareness, may we together awaken, may all beings have deep and natural peace.
In the Dharma,
Ji Hyang Padma
To visit Ji Hyang Padma's blog, "Natural Wisdom," please click the following link. The daily blog focuses on reflecting back on the teachings she receives from all her relations with people, all beings and the natural world.