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Parents Orientation Day

An Invitation:

New Parents Orientation Day and Dhamma Talk

You are cordially invited to our Parents Orientation Day on Saturday, 7 May 2011. Time: 9.30am – 12.00 noon. Our spiritual advisor, the Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro, will give a talk and answer questions about Buddhist teachings and education.
The Orientation Day will give new and prospective parents an opportunity to find out about our code of conduct, policies and regulations, school uniform, curriculum and to meet our staff (please see agenda below).


9.15 am Registration
9.30 am Presentations: school handbook, curriculum
10.15 am Parent Q&A
10.30 am Refreshments, uniforms, meet the teachers
11.15 am Dhamma Talk
12.00 noon End

Teacher Training At Panyaden

Leading By Example

Teachers and students at english international school in Chiang Mai

Our students’ achievements are dependent not only on their teachers’ skills and knowledge but also on their actions. At Panyaden School, we believe that our teachers should lead by example. This is why we place high priority on regular training and professional development of our teachers. Most of our teachers have been on our in-house training programme for between six and twelve months.

Teacher of Panyaden School, English school in Chiang Mai Panyaden school teachers at meeting, bilingual school in Chiang Mai

Our training programme includes:


Personal and spiritual growth through the practical application of Buddha’s teachings and meditation: courses, discussions and retreats to know and experience the Buddhist way of life and how we apply it to our school.


Learning to teach: helping teachers to facilitate learning by applying proven tools and approaches such as Emergenetics® Profiling (see earlier post) and Constructivism Theory, which put students at the centre of learning.


Curriculum development: setting objectives, integrating topics and subjects and writing effective lesson plans.


The International Primary Curriculum (IPC): understanding the IPC and how to apply it to Panyaden School.


Bilingual learning: methods, best practice and understanding ‘what works’ in bilingual schools.


Team teaching: planning, teaching and assessing as a team.


Working together: understanding and appreciating cultural differences and how to manage these in the staff room and classroom.


Teaching techniques, classroom presentation and materials development:creating lively and conducive learning environments; using engaging materials; employing methods that complement the varying learning profiles of children.


Evaluation techniques:how to continually assess a child at each stage of development, assess strengths and areas for improvement and to arrange learning activities accordingly.


Classroom management: how to manage students who may be shy in class, who may have difficulty focusing, who are disruptive and so on.


Green awareness: understanding environmentally-friendly practices and how to apply these in daily life.


First aid training: all staff receive regular basic first aid training. Our fully certified first aiders regularly update their training to meet national requirements.


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Stillness In Motion

Cultivating Self-Awareness Through Movement








“When the body moves, know it. When the mind moves, know it.”

Luangpor Teean Jittasubho


A ll forms of meditation teach us to focus on one thing – whether it is the breath, a visual or specific words; the aim is to clear our minds of the myriad thoughts that float in an out all the time and to achieve a state of calm self-awareness in the now. Dynamic or Movement meditation is no different. What is interesting about this meditation technique is how natural and ‘normal’ it feels.

Dynamic Meditation* is a form of vipassana or insight meditation developed by Luangpor Teean Jittasubho . It seeks to generate mindfulness and insight through the rhythmic repetition of certain hand and arm movements.

Phra Ajahn Mahadirak Buddhayanando demonstrating the movements at the Meditation Retreat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDLODHCqPZs

You can easily practise this technique anywhere and anytime by sitting comfortably, standing or walking with your arms folded across your chest or behind your back. You can also meditate lying down.

Keep your eyes open, breathe naturally, observe every step you take and watch your thoughts. You can switch between the four basic postures whenever you want and stay on them for any amount of time that feels right for you. The continuous hand and arm movements developed by Luangpor Teean Jittasubho are simple and repetitive and a good way to calm your mind so as to cultivate awareness of your thoughts and feelings in order to clearly see things as they are.

Awakening Our Minds

This is exactly what our teachers and staff of Panyaden School spent doing this past week (28 Feb – 6 Mar). Meditation retreats such as this allow the staff to take time off to focus on knowing and strengthening their minds (one of the key principles of our school). Any insight developed will help in awakening oneself.

Luangpor Teean Jittasubho believed that “to awaken ourselves means we are not asleep. Our eyes are awake (we can go anywhere); our minds are awake (we watch our thoughts). When we are aware all the time, then panya (knowing or wisdom) will arise and when knowing arises, we are able to cure ourselves or solve our problems…anger, delusion, greed will fade away and be replaced with the calmness of freedom from attachment” (transcribed from youtube video ‘Developing Self-Awareness’).

Sitting Practice: Step by Step

1. Rest the hands palm down on the thighs. 2. Turn the right hand onto its edge, be aware; do it slowly, then stop. Do not say to yourself: “turn the right hand”; being aware is enough. 3. Raise up the right hand, be aware, then stop. 4. Lower the right hand to rest on the abdomen, be aware, then stop. 5. Turn the left hand onto its edge, be aware, then stop.
6. Raise the left hand up, be aware, then stop. 7. Lower the left hand to rest on the right hand, be aware, then stop. 8. Move the right hand up to rest on the chest, be aware, then stop. 9. Move the right hand out, be aware, then stop. 10. Lower the right hand onto its edge on the thigh, be aware, then stop.
11. Face the right palm down, be aware, then stop. 12. Move the left hand up to rest on the chest, be aware, then stop. 13. Move the left hand out, be aware, then stop. 14. Lower the left hand onto its edge on the thigh, be aware, then stop. 15. Face the left palm down, be aware, then stop.

Text and illustrations from Luangpor Teean Jittasubho, A Manual of Self-Awareness, p. 15 – 25. Self-published September, 1994, by Luangpor Teean Jittasubho (Pann Itapew) Foundation.


*also known as Mahasati Meditation

Other Sources:

  1. A Study Of The “Dynamic Meditation” Practice Of Luangpor Teean Jittasubho by Mrs. Venica Pookgaman. A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of The Requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts (Buddhist Studies), International Master of Arts Degree Programme Graduate School Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Bangkok, Thailand 2550 BE
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahasati_meditation
  3. https://buddhayanando.blogspot.com/2009/01/luangpor-teean-jittasubho.html
  4. Interview with Phra Ajahn Mahadirak Buddhayanando at Panyaden’s Meditation Retreat


Panyaden at Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai

An Invitation To Parents

You are cordially invited to visit our booth at the Central Airport Plaza in Chiang Mai from 1 October to 30 December 2010, 11am to 7pm daily.
Meet our teachers and find out more about the school curriculum and the fees. We will also have fun activities like traditional palm leaf weaving for children on weekends.
We look forward to seeing you!

Panyaden School’s Official Launch

By K. Yodphet Sudsawad (Founder of Panyaden School)

Panyaden School team, international English school in Chiang Mai

The official launch of Panyaden School took place at the Kid’s Learning Expo 2010 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok from 23 to 25 July 2010. The objective of the exhibition was to introduce our school to the Thai academic world and to spread the news that this unique school project is happening in Chiang Mai. The booth’s decoration was a major eye catch in this event. We imitated the rammed earth walls and the bamboo roofs used at our school by bamboo and earth specialist, Chiangmai Life Construction.

Inside Both with Bamboo

Many children enjoyed participating in the activities conducted by the Panyaden team i.e. weaving palm leaves in animal shapes (‘pla tapian bai lan’), drawing and painting organic forms. The teachers and other staff of Panyaden also enjoyed their time with the children. Just the smiles shining from our little friends who visited the booth made this a cheerful and successful event for all of us. Quite a number of parents were interested in our school concept and the curriculum design. Many plan to come to our Open House in Chiang Mai on 28 November 2010 from 10am to 3pm. Over 100 parents gave us their contact details to keep them updated on the project and are considering sending their children to attend either the summer course or the 2011 academic year, or both, at Panyaden School. We hope to see you all at our road show in Chiang Mai as well as our Open House Day.

The Dream

Yodphet Sudsawad, founder of Panyaden International School

The Founder of Panyaden

“Curiosity. Innovation. Respect. Sustainability. Holistic Education. Creativity. Inner Peace. Balance. Living with Nature. Buddhist Approach. Environmentally Mindful. Learning Through Experience. Practicing what you have learnt.”

I went away from meeting Khun Yodphet Sudsawad (aka Khun Tik) with these buzz words and phrases swimming furiously in my head. She is an inspiring woman who is building her dream school. These nouns and phrases fly out at you every time she talks about it. Her passion and belief that it is possible to make dreams come true has inspired many like-minded people to come together to build Panyaden School.

Why a school? She believes in training minds from an early age. While working at Phenomena, a renowned Bangkok TV commercial production house, she learnt that the “quality of manpower” and good attitude is as important as professional knowledge. To have this, people need to be trained from an early age.

Having been a follower of Buddhism all her life, she wants her school to provide a sustainable education that is based on the Buddhist principles of ‘sila sikka’ (moral conduct), ‘panya sikka’ (wisdom development) and ‘samadhi sikka’ (mind training).

“Panyaden (also) has to be international, compatible with the best schools in the world. We will give away scholarships for 10 – 20% of the local students.” Pupils will study mathematics, science, computer studies, dance, music and so on in Thai and English.

These studies will be conducted in an environment that is built out of locally available raw materials. Here is a school whose architecture and structure will itself be a big part of the learning process. This idea is strongly supported by her husband, Markus Roselieb, co-Founder of the school and the Project Manager of the construction.

“I wanted to use local materials, which are sustainable and green; to acknowledge them and to learn how they can be used in our daily lives. Armed with this concept, she went about gathering information and teams of people who share the same vision. Now some 80 workers, led by skilled local craftsmen and foreign expertise, work on the site. Building from earth is a local practice in Chiangmai, so I thought about what material will match or go with it and suddenly the idea of bamboo came up, and I knew (then that) it’s possible.

“We started to research the material we’re going to use to make our building sustainable. Luckily, the World Bamboo Congress took place in Thailand about 2 years ago, where all renowned bamboo architects gathered and lectured. One of them was Olav Bruin from 24-H Architecture (Rotterdam) which designed many of Rudolf Steiner’s** schools in Europe. The Rudolf Steiner schools have a creative atmosphere for children to experience and be a part of. I knew that we needed experienced architects to achieve a unique design combined with the local materials, so our children could learn from them.”

A major part of the learning experience is the physical environment that is primarily being built out of bamboo and rammed earth. The school’s unique design was inspired by an antler fern the 24h team found at Tik’s residence. An organic design combined with age-old raw materials and building techniques, whipped together with a large dollop of reverence and care for nature.

Khun Tik wants to give the students a well-rounded education that helps them to think for themselves and to lead by example. “Children have to be able to implement theory and adapt it to use in daily life. Then they know which theory works or which one doesn’t. Everyone in the school, both the children and teachers, have to understand what is sustainable living (this is one part of how to balance your life). When they see their school buildings, they will ask questions about how the school was built and with what materials.”

Here at Panyaden, we want to nurture

  • A Buddhist educational approach that acknowledges nature along with all living and non-living things.
  • A mind that is environmentally aware and alive, able to control its thoughts with confidence and inner peace. Able to think and speak in Thai and English, armed with the necessary knowledge for it to thrive in this increasingly global economy.
  • And finally, a mind that is able to practice what it has learnt and to share it with the community at large.

‘Panya’ – wisdom, insight, knowledge; ‘Den’ – outstanding. The name of the school embodies all these elements that make up the essence of Khun Tik’s dream. And we wish her astounding success.

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***Visit the Panyaden Buddhist Bilingual School’s website at https://www.panyaden.org or click on the link on our blog. The site will be launched on 7 July 2010.

** Steiner’s education: https://www.steinerwaldorf.org/whatissteinereducation.html