Today Master Samadhi and Kru Ou led a 1-minute meditation with the students. The Master also read letters from Kru Goy and Kru Timber commending their Prathom 5-6 students for using Samadhi (being calm and focused) when they led their parents in different activities on Budding Day. We also had a wonderful surprise visit from the Kung Fu Chef who came out of retirement to remind the students to remember to apply all the wise habits that we have learnt.
Prathom students celebrate Budding Day
Panyaden School’s Prathom Budding Day celebrations kicked off today with many homeroom activities headed by our elementary students. In the P5-6 class, for example, parents joined their children in drawing maps, listened to a presentation on Chiang Mai’s history and learnt some Thai dance movements. P4 students played different parts of a tree and described their functions. The other classes demonstrated their Mathematics and Science skills as well as oil painting techniques.
An exposition of our students’ art (both Anuban and Prathom) was also held at our assembly hall for all to enjoy between activities. It was fun to see everyone enthusiastically participating in the dances, games as well as planting and art sessions.
At 11am, we gathered in the same hall for the much-awaited ‘My Project’ presentations. With the help of specialists and advisors, our students decided individually or in teams the projects they wanted to work on. We saw the result of their thinking, planning, effort and teamwork in the showcase today. Some learnt to design and sew their own clothes, three grew vegetables while others combined their talents to create board games. A few students built colourful birdhouses to beautify the school. Each team presented a video and shared with us the wise habits and other lessons learnt and applied along the way.
Well done and thank you to all our Anuban and Prathom students for celebrating your studies and hard work with us these 2 days! We look forward to learning more together in the new term.
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A Celebration of Learning
Every year, Panyaden School sets aside a day to officially celebrate the joy of learning and to mark the end of term. Today our blossoming buds from Nursery and Kindergarten danced, sang and showcased their work and learning to their parents who also joined in the games and activities such as creating art with bubbles and making bugs with modelling clay and talking about their life cycles.
Budding Day for Prathom students will be tomorrow from 8.30am to 12noon. The celebrations will finish off with a bilingual presentation of the primary children’s ‘My Project’, independent learning projects they have spent all term working hard on.
Lots more photos by Ally Taylor of the day’s celebrations are here on the blog.
Budding Day at Panyaden School
Our school will mark the end of term with a 2-day celebration of learning presented by our students. There will be homeroom activities, art, drama and music. We invite all our parents to join us!
19 Sept (Thurs), 8.30am – 10am:
Our Anuban students will present what they have learnt this term.
20 Sept (Fri), 8.30am – 12pm:
Homeroom presentations and other activities including ‘My Project’ showcase at the assembly hall by our Prathom students (11am – 12noon).
Click here for rehearsal photos on our blog.
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 is being alert and attentive to everything as it is, not filtering things through our subjective opinions. It is also remembering to be aware of something or to do something at a designated time in the future.
In order to cultivate sati one needs to faithfully return back to refocus on an object whenever the mind wanders away from it. Venerable Jayasaro writes, ‘’Mindfulness is not a floating, nebulous ‘awareness.’ You can’t just be mindful. You always have to be mindful of something.’’ The Buddha identified four objects for us to maintain calm awareness of in day-to-day life: our bodily functions (such as the breathing), sensations (feelings), objects of the mind (thoughts and perceptions), and the mind itself.
Sati is part of the Noble Eightfold Path. Practising Right Effort (samma vayamo), Right Awareness (samma sati) and Right Concentration (samma samadhi) together helps us to train the mind to be calm, balanced and, ultimately, freed from the dissatisfactions that cloud our thoughts. As unwholesome or negative thoughts arise in the mind, we apply sati to recognise them and prevent them from causing difficulty or unpleasantness. Sati is the moderating tool we use to assess our practice and progress in the other Wise Habits. For example, if we make a strong determination to avoid harming others (avihimsa), ‘’we immediately illuminate, whenever it arises, the intention to harm. We become mindful of the intention to harm” (Ven Jayasaro). Sati also helps us identify the right balance between the Wise Habits. We might become aware that although we have plenty of enthusiasm for a task (chandha), we lack sufficient patience to complete it (khanti). Sati is like a mental witness, a built in system of notes and reminders which helps us stay present, learn from past mistakes, do things better next time.
Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro advises parents and teachers to realise clearly what we are doing at the present, what we are teaching now, what students are learning now and whether they are listening to us. This helps us to keep focusing on teaching or parenting, doing our best to teach and guide our children continuously without being distracted. There are times when we talk to our children with one eye on the computer, or with our minds thinking about what happened at work today or what chores we need to do later. And yet we also experience times when we give full attention to what we are doing with our children. This tends to result in a happier, healthier experience for both us and our children.
We need to encourage eye contact from our children, remind them to place their shoes neatly on the shoe rack, ask them to describe the taste of their food, have them check their bags routinely before school in the morning, encourage self-awareness of sensations and feelings when they get angry or upset and remind them of their home and classroom responsibilities. A child who kicks off his shoes, gulps down her food, forgets her school book or loses his temper easily does not have sati. We might encourage ourselves and our children to choose a particular activity such as preparing or eating a meal, washing the dishes, or taking a walk, and make an effort to be fully mindful of the task as we perform it. In time we will find ourselves paying more attention to everything.
Changing the mental habits and conditioning of a lifetime, no matter how short, is not easy. But as we develop sati the mind becomes lucid, the body alert and we are able to think with clarity and composure, to make wise choices, to know our responsibilities and improve ourselves. No matter how brief the moment that the mind is fully focused on the here and now, it is very powerful.
If we are unaware of our present actions we are condemned to repeating our mistakes from the past and never achieving our dreams for the future. It is said that if you miss the moment, you miss your life. How much of our lives have we missed? Be mindful!
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This week’s wise habit, Samadhi
Mr. Ou is about to start working when his friends drop by to ask him to play basketball and music with them. He tries to do all and is too distracted to complete his work. Along comes Master Samadhi who teaches him how to stay calm and focused (samadhi). Mr. Ou learns his lesson and decides to concentrate on finishing his work first before he joins his friends for some fun.
One of our K2 lesson themes is ‘Our World’. Today the students learnt about England and her culture by enjoying a traditional English village fete, complete with English tea, homemade cakes, Marmite sandwiches and line dancing! The whole school joined in and we had lots of fun!
See more photos here on the blog.
As part of their “Building a Village” lesson theme, our Prathom 5-6 students went on a field trip to the archaeological site, Vieng Kum Kam and the Chiang Mai Art Museum to learn about the history of the city as well as its changes over time.
More photos here on the blog.