12 Wise Habits: Sati

October 27, 2021By PanyadenInternationalSchoolUncategorized

Sati is most commonly translated as presence of mind, awareness or mindfulness. It originates from the Sanskrit word smṛti, the root meaning of which is ‘to remember’ and as such an important aspect of sati is retention or recollection. To have sati is to be fully present, not lost in daydreams, anticipation or worry. It … Read More

12 Wise Habits: Viriya

September 27, 2021By PanyadenInternationalSchoolUncategorized

VIRIYA (Persevering)PANYADEN 12 WISE HABITS WEEK Viriya (pronounced wi‐ri‐ya) is a very important virtue in Buddhism, commonly translated as “perseverance”, or “diligent effort”. It can be defined as an attitude of gladly engaging in wholesome activities and staying with them in order to accomplish the desired results. It is the mind intent on being unshaken … Read More

12 Wise Habits: Caga

May 17, 2021By PanyadenInternationalSchoolUncategorized

“Few things enhance the sense of connection between family members as group acts of generosity.” – Ajahn JayasaroCAGA (Being generous)PANYADEN 12 WISE HABITS WEEK Caga (pronounced jaa-ka) means generosity. It is delighting in the act of giving, sharing, or relinquishing and expecting nothing in return; it is when the love of giving becomes a virtue … Read More


April 30, 2021By PanyadenInternationalSchoolUncategorized

Dear Parents, We recently learned that online learning will continue into May. This is, of course, not wonderful news, but we understand that the Covid situation has gotten worse, not better. Last week, I encouraged you to take care of yourself. I cannot underscore this sentiment any more than I already have. Error on the … Read More

12 Wise Habits: Samadhi

January 21, 2021By PanyadenInternationalSchoolUncategorized

The word Samadhi originates from the Sanskrit sam‐a‐dha, meaning “to bring together.” It is usually translated as “concentration” or composing of the mind. It is the mind that does not waver, does not scatter itself and is focused on the task at hand despite being disturbed, persuaded or provoked. When we achieve Samadhi we attain … Read More

Love of learning can be learned

October 3, 2020By PanyadenInternationalSchoolUncategorized

By Michel Thibeault, M.Ed.Primary School PrincipalPanyaden International School It’s amazing how young children have an irrepressible love for learning. We can see how much young children can learn every day, seemingly without too much effort. Sadly, this enjoyment for learning doesn’t always last, and by the time they become teenagers many students begin to become … Read More

12 Wise Habits Week: Avihimsa

August 25, 2020By PanyadenInternationalSchoolUncategorized

AVIHIMSA (Not harming)August 24 – September 7, 2020 Avihimsa is a Pali word which means not causing harm. To practise ‘Avihimsa’ is not to say or do anything that creates suffering for oneself or for others and also not to say or do anything that creates or encourages the cause of suffering in oneself or … Read More