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Anapana Meditation in the Classroom

What teens say


You can use this in many ways! When your nervous or when your aggravated with your parents. When youre in a bad mood and just want to calm down. July 2005, Merritt BC

Overview
Anapana Meditation?
What Why Results Course history
When, Where

Course description
Format, requirements, costs

Summary

Quote
Meditation is the best way to have a calm mind. Many adults go to office and come back very tense. They will not be able to handle things properly. If your mind is calm and in control, you will never lose your temper and you will be able to make wise decisions. We are having meditation in school every day. I think this is very good as many children do not meditate at home. It will help us to start our day with a calm mind. Many people have different views about meditation. They think it is a waste of time. But if you do it sincerely, you will always be good-natured, honest and trustworthy and you will become a favourite among everyone. -Akshay Chowdhri (Class VI)

What is Anapana Meditation


Observation of natural normal flow of breath
Simple Objective/Scientific Universally accessible Breath = bodily function
conscious/unconcious, intentional/unintentional

Direct link to mental state Precursor to Vipassana meditation

Why Anapana meditation for students?


Non-sectarian, non-religious exercise to understand deeper sense of self and to purify mind Addresses goal of HOLISTIC EDUCATION for physical, mental, emotional, spiritual development Develop clear, focused, receptive mind. Increases academic performance

Why Anapana meditation for students?


Children/teens learn and understand meditation very easily.
Active, enthusiastic and eager learners

Helps relieve inner tension. Helps deal with fears, anxieties, and pressures of childhood and adolescence Gain mastery over impulses/actions Increased executive control

Parent/Teacher report
Increase
Discipline Honesty Cooperativeness Attentiveness Cleanliness Concentration

Decrease
irritability quarreling Use of abusive language Feelings of inferiority

Course History
Hundreds of Anapana (meditation on breath) courses for children conducted since 1986 Offered to children of diverse age, socioeconomic and cultural groups Courses conducted at schools, meditation centres, and other institutions

Childrens Courses Worldwide


India North America Australia South/East Asia Europe Africa South America

Childrens Courses Locally


Qualicum Beach, Morning Glory Waldorf
Ages 8-9

Kaslo, BC Homeschool group


K-1 and parents

Vernon School District


Special needs classes, ages 10-12

Nelson
Childrens courses at Community centre

Course Sites
Locations
School campus Meditation centre locations.
Vipassana Meditation Centre, Merritt

Community centres

Children and teenager course duration


1 day children's course
Minimum 6 hour time commitment

2 day teens course 3 day children's course

1 day course
8:30-9:30am 9:30-9:50am 10:00-10:45am 10:45-11:20am 11:20-11:50am 11:50-12:20pm 12:20-1:20pm 1:20-2:00pm checking Registration Orientation Introduction and Anapana Rest, Snack and Icebreakers Meditation Group Check-in and Story Lunch and free time Meditation and small group

1 day course
2:00-2:35pm Age Appropriate Activity/Crafts Project 2:35-3:05pm Meditation 3:05-3:25pm Group check-in re: new instructions and Story 3:25-3:35pm Course evaluations 3:35-4:05pm Snacks and Activity/Finish up crafts project 4:05-4:25pm Meditation 4:25-4:55pm Ending talk and Metta 5.00pm Course ends

Course Administration
Conducted by qualified childrens course instrustors
Many of which are teachers themselves

Adults and children who have completed a previous course can help volunteer
Supervise, assist staff

Course requirements
School sponsoring authority Person/s in institution who has completed a 10 day course. Proposed duration of course Age group of students and break up of males females

Course requirements
Facilities
Hall/room for meditation Microphone/Audio/Video equipment Food and dining facilities

Course requirements
No interference by other people in school
Weekend and holiday schedules are helpful to ensure separation

Eligible ages: 8-17, grouped 8-12, 13-17 25-50 participants ideal

Course requirements
All students in class participate Class teacher participates
Provides role model

10 minute daily meditation recommended for continuous results

Course Costs
All courses run solely on the basis of voluntarily offered donations no fee charged Courses are financed by donations from the students who have completed a prior course and wish to share the benefits they themselves received by giving donations for the students who come after them.

Summary
Anapana meditation is universally acceptable Meditation helps students gain confidence and reduce stress levels Increases their concentration in school and in all areas of their lives
More peace and harmony in classroom Happier students, happier teachers, happier parents Proven results

Meditation courses are available free of charge for children, teens, and adults

What teens say


It just clears your mind. Its sort of like a breathing exercise. I can say that this will help whoever needs it and is willing to. Anyone with a clouded or agitated mind especially, although if you just want to come again you can too, as its a nice environment to find peace of mind. July 2006, Merritt BC

For more information, please visit the regional Vipassana Meditation Centre website: www.surabhi.dhamma.org Or contact:

childcoursecommittee@surabhi.dhamma.org

Thank You, Hychqa

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