Ulladulla High School students will become the first in the region to learn about Buddism as part of the Special Religious Education (SRE) curriculum.
By law, NSW public schools are required to allow time for children to receive instruction in their religious persuasion.
“At the request of many parents, teachers and students we will soon be conducting Buddhist classes at Ulladulla High School as an SRE option for students in Years 7, 8 and 9,” Manjushri Buddhist Centre’s Ben Adcock said.
“This will be the first time such classes have been offered at the school.
“The classes will have a strong focus on student wellbeing and will address many issues associated with stress, anxiety and depression.
“The children will be learning tried and tested meditation techniques to help them effectively deal with such difficulties.
“As an introduction to these classes we have invited one of the most well-known and respected Buddhist teachers living in this country, Lama Choedak Rinpoche to host a talk.”
Lama Choedak Rinpoche, an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher, translator, speaker and author, and he will host a public and fundraiser talk titled, 'Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, the Role of Buddhism in Contemporary Education’, this Friday night (March 16) at Ulladulla High School.
The event will focus on how to incorporate Buddhist teachings into daily life to help deal with stress, depression and anxiety.
When the in-school classes commence, students will learn the technique of meditation to manage education-related pressures.
The proceeds of the talk will be donated to the school’s student well-being program.
The talk will be held in Ulladulla High School’s movement room, entry via St Vincent Street, from 7-9pm.
Tickets are available at the door, $20 adults, $15 concession and High School students are free.
The event is hosted by the Manjushri Buddhist Centre, Milton.
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