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Active Meditation in Education


Germany
Shaking in the Classroom

Teacher training is now being revolutionized in Germany by Dhyan Turio and Sambodhi Amara. Using Osho meditation techniques like watching the breath, humming, and shaking, they are making further education courses juicier, and giving teachers a taste of meditation in the classroom.
     Imparting knowledge is no longer what it's all about for Amara. "I tune into my students as people now, and flow with the energy of the group," she explains. "And above all, I make sure that I am having fun doing what I do."




Hamburg
Meditation Goes to School...

A group of 21 high school children in Hamburg spent four days at the Osho Tabaan Meditation Center recently to experience meditation. The experiment, financed by the local education authority, was organized at the suggestion of one of their teachers, to see if meditation can ease a growing problem of aggression among students.
     Initial feedback from the students has been so positive that they now meditate regularly together, and their parents want to form their own meditation group.

The Black Forest
... And Into the Hills

Meanwhile, Deva Ratna, a social therapist from the Black Forest region, led a group of 12 pupils into the mountains for a two-day hiking and meditation program as part of a drug-prevention course.
     Ratna commented afterwards that one of the important outcomes of the trip was a feeling of trust that arose among the students, who felt able to speak openly about themselves.




Canada
Osho Multiversity Chancellor Satya Vedant was recently the guest of Canada's very popular C.F.R.B radio talk show. He was invited to talk for one hour on meditation and stress, and to answer calls from listeners.
     He played some music from Osho Kundalini Meditation, inviting listeners to dance in their homes, and also included Osho talking about meditation.
     The show was so well received (the listener audience rocketed to 460,000 people) that it continued for an extra half hour, and he has been invited back for another evening.
     While in Canada, Satya Vedant also spoke about Osho on "City TV" and "South Asia news," two live shows broadcast in Toronto, recorded a talk for the national Y.T.V., spoke at the Toronto Rotary Club and the University of Toronto, and led Kundalini Meditation at Guelph University and at the Missisauga YMCA.




Cutting the Roots of Violence
An article by Deva Sangit, who is Professor of Educational Psychology at the Canadian University of Alberta, Edmonton, has been selected for inclusion in the September issue of Education Canada, the country's main national education magazine.
     Sangit's article, "Cutting the Roots of Violence," examines how violence is taught to growing children through television, and through family and school attitudes that emphasize obedience and comparison.
     He introduces a new "modern Zen," approach, based on his understanding of Osho's insights, teaching attentiveness, responsibility, catharsis and witnessing, helping students to release stress and repressed emotions in a safe environment, as well as nurturing the unique potential of each individual.




Brazil
Dhyan Nilaya, a Brazilian sannyasin with a teacher's degree in physical education, was last year invited to become a professor in a 12-month graduation program at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro.
     Asked to add a philosophical dimension to her work, Nilaya found herself introducing Osho and his active meditation techniques. The students responded enthusiastically and, as a result, Nilaya who is also a dancer and former gymnast, has been asked by the university to develop a program that could lead to the full-time meditation department.

Nilaya Prado dos Anjos
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Italy
The Fifth State of Consciousness

As part of a seminar on altered states of consciousness, Anurag Pujan. Psychologist and psychotherapist, was recently invited by the Department of Psychology at the University of Florence to give four lectures on meditation.
     Pujan, also known as Dr. Carla Cerrini, wrote her dissertation on the neuro-physiological aspects of meditation. She explained that, until now, academics have accepted four states of consciousness: waking, resting, sleeping and sleeping REM – rapid eye movements associated with dreaming.
     Meditation is the fifth state, said Pujan, because it has the psychological aspects of waking and the neurophysiological aspects of sleep – people are alert and conscious, but electrical waves emitted by the brain are those that characterize sleep.

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