The first of the capacity building workshop for “Mindfulness and Compassion” was organized in the Institute of Hotel Management, IIMT Group of Colleges Meerut.

Prof Rinpoche discussed the importance of ethical education in the Indian perspective. He emphasized on the role of teachers and educators in inculcating values among the students saying that a number of important inventions and discoveries had taken place in the last century, but the human touch and ethics had been lost in this process. These values need to be brought back. The western world is also emphasizing on this need, all the while devising methods for the same.

He said that the purpose and goal of education should be to bring about positive changes in behavior. In order to be a teacher, one first needs to introspect on the qualities of a good teacher and see how many of those qualities they possess. Even if they have most of the qualities, they should constantly and consciously keep on upgrading their skills. The best ways of conveying our thoughts to the students need to be deliberated upon. The importance of Trishiksha (three fold education) and the fourPurusharths (Dharma, Artha, Kaama and Moksha ) was canvassed.

The aim of education is not just earning livelihood. Education should be able to make the students wise, humble, compassionate and help them develop a better sense of judgment. Thus, the responsibility of teachers who are the guiding lights increases tenfold. In order to inculcate the values of care and compassion, the role of destructive emotions needs to be understood first. The children have to be made aware of the negative impact of these emotions, so that they become aware and start checking themselves as restrain, is an important part of ethical practice.

It was decided that different pedagogical methods like situation analysis and other skillful means of interactions like stories, movie clips etc. will be designed to make the new curriculum more interesting for the students.