Nagaloka News

THE TEACHERS WORKSHOP ON PEDAGOGY (TEACHING METHODOLOGY), MARCH 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, March 24th, 2018

A workshop is a flexible environment in which training, different kinds of activities, work and learning take place. The main purpose of a workshop is to train teacher through teaching. By a workshop, we can mean both the physical operating environment or a diverse method of training. Workshops support participants’ personal growth, social empowerment, active participation, and work skills through collective instruction with an emphasis on practical work. Methods used include work training and personal and group training. So the workshop was held at Nagaloka on 24th March 2017. The purpose of the workshop to train the teachers to implement the subject knowledge/content through various teaching methodology for students learning inspirationally. There were 8 teachers participating.

On that workshop, Dhivya has introduced about the topic of the workshop in which was easy for everyone to understand. And then everyone requested to share their challenges and how they are facing it. After all the teachers shared their difficulties Dhivya has presented a presentation in which was a tremendous explanation of the teaching methodology and it was very useful. At last everyone have reported about their experiences of the workshop which helped them to make a creative lesson plan, preparation, and refreshment.

 

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ASOKA DHAMMADHOOTA RETREAT AT NAGALOKA, 15th to 23rd MARCH 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The Asoka Dhammadhoota retreat was held on 15th to 23rd March 2017 at Nagaloka for NTI Alumni. The purpose of the workshop to train the Alumni’s to spread the Dhamma work in their areas. There were around 19 Alumni participating and there were 6 clusters from 5 states. From each state, there were 3 Alumni attending the retreat-like; from Kerala, there were 3 Alumni, from Odisha there were 3 Alumni, Uttarpradesh 3 Alumni, Rajasthan 3 Alumni, Karnataka 3 Alumni, Gulbarga (Uttarpradesh) 3 Alumni.  The retreat was led by Vivekratna and facilitated by Upaya Raja & Maitreyanath. On this occasion, Vivekratna gave a talk on the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha in which he has elaborated what is the meaning of these three jewels and how it to be implemented in regional places through every cluster for coming 6 months. And also he has given a talk on several topics which was helpful to create a structure or system for three months training in order to;

  • Chanting, Practice of Meditation followed by the lecture on Dr. Ambedkar brief life story and his conversion to Buddhism.
  • Why conversion to Buddhism & importance of Buddhism in our Life.
  • The difference between Margadata and Mokshadata.
  • The lecture on what are Dharma & five precepts and how to practice in day to day life.
  • The lecture on what are Sangha and the group versus spiritual community based on Fraternity and Harmony.

After his talk Dh. Maitriyanath has given a talk on Ambedkar’s 22 vows in which he explained about the meaning of the vows and the importance of 22 vows to our life. Every day in the afternoon session they have practiced all the Buddhist ceremonies by Alumni those who are going to be working in their region such as; the celebration of the Buddhist festivals like, the Buddha Jayanti, Dhammachakra Pravartana day and the Sangha day as well as birth, marriage ceremonies etc. In that retreat, every Alumni got a tremendous experience of the Dhammadhoota work and they inspired to work in their region.

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16TH BATCH VALEDICTORY PROGRAM, MARCH 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, March 5th, 2018

This send-off program was held on 5th March 2018 at Nagaloka. All the 16th batch Dhammasekhiya students participated. There were 145 students, including all students from Nagaloka, 70 women and 75 men. The purpose of this programme was to conclude the training. The programme was led by Vivekaratna, Veeradhamma, Prof. Chandu Maiske and Pragyaratna. All Nagaloka staff were invited to the program. Vivekaratna concluded the program with the following brief explanations:

  • We have learned the chief spiritual principles during the 8 months Dhammasekiya course
  • We have learned how we should apply those principles while working in society
  • There were some difficulties during the training that need to be worked on
  • We must work on our attitudes and change our behavior through training
  • Nagaloka is an ideal place where everyone can work on their mental states

Following his talk, students got the key points for their fieldwork and were inspired to work effectively in their areas.

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DHANIYA SUTTA RETREAT, MARCH 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The four day Dhaniya Sutta retreat was held from 1st to 4th March 2018 in Nagaloka. There were 165 people participating, 89 women and 76 men. Its purpose was to develop spiritual practice. The retreat was led by Vivekaratna with four Order members supporting. Vivekaratna spoke on the Dhaniya Sutta and inspired all the participants. He explained some of the important points contained in the Dhaniya Sutta:

  • That there are two views of the Human mind, one is mundane, the other spiritual
  • Buddha’s response to Dhaniya and his views
  • The mundane life and the happiness of the spiritual life
  • The ultimate happiness of spiritual practice.

After the talk, people realized that spiritual life is indeed happier than mundane life, and shared their different views, showed their happiness, and agreed to contribute their knowledge to society.

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TEACHERS PERFORMANCE EVALUATION MEETING, FEBRUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, February 26th, 2018

The teachers’ performance evaluation meeting was held five days from 26th Feb to 2nd March 2018 at Nagaloka.  Its purpose was to evaluate the teachers performance and assess how they are doing while teaching and also to check the students learning outcomes. Divya met all the teachers and collected information from each of them. She also collected data on other activities where available:

  1. She met teachers individually
  2. Sat in on some classes as an observer
  3. Interacted with most of the students
  4. Interacted with principal & other Nagaloka staff regarding evaluation
  5. Worked on providing analyses of syllabuses and provision of text books and note books
  6. Re-checked all those materials used by teachers and students

This enabled her to provide an effective evaluation of the teachers well and write a helpful, fact-based report.

 

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BUDDHIST EPISTEMOLOGY WORKSHOP, FEBRUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, February 24th, 2018

 

The two day Buddhist Epistemology workshop was held on 24th and 25th Feb 2018 in Nagaloka. There were 24 people attending, 13 women and 11 men. The workshop was led by Prof. Bodhi from Tata Institute and Mangesh Dahiwale from Pune (a director of Manuski). Mangesh gave a talk on Buddhist Epistemology using four different approaches:

  1. The historical background of the Buddhist educational system
  2. The methodologies of various educational systems
  3. Buddhist systems of pedagogy in modern times
  4. The liking of people for Buddhist psychology and its theory of education

Prof Bodhi then has drew a diagram of Buddhist epistemology which gave a much clearer understanding of the topic. After his talk everyone had time to discuss and present their ideas. During their discussion and presentations everyone elaborated what they had understood, which helped others to develop their knowledge. There was a report and summarizing session on the workshop that came to the conclusion that a workshop on this topic should be provided once every three months.

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WORKSHOP ON RIVER OF LIFE FOR NAGALOKA STUDENTS, FEBRUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

This two day workshop was held on 20th & 21st  Feb 2018 in Nagaloka. There were 69 students participating,. It was facilitated by Alan Senuke (USA) and Jill Jamson (Australia) with the idea of motivating activists to work for their society. Alan and Jill gave great talks on the four principles contained in the Vajji Sutta of the Pali Canon:

  1. Coming together frequently
  2. Working harmoniously together
  3. Observing rules and principles
  4. Working with determination to build confidence and agreement.

After explaining these, Jill spoke about the importance of the idea known as the River of Life and made a helpful diagram for all the students to connect their personal lives with that. She gace an exercise to the students that was extremely helpful in realizing their conflicts, and they learned how to resolve these conflicts through non violence.  Everyone participated and gave an interesting presentation. Alan then gave a talk on the Indian & American movements which gave the students a lot of detailed information about these.

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Workshop on working together towards Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, FEBRUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The workshop was held from 15th to 19th Feb 2018 in Nagaloka. It was facilitated by Alan Senauke from USA and Jill Jamson from Australia. 38 alumni participated, 20 women and 18 men. Its purpose was to train alumni to become determined activists and to strengthen the alumni networks in their propagation of teachings and practices leading to liberty, equality and fraternity. On this occasion Alan and Jill spoke about how to develop Sangha between us in order to:

  • Work together towards liberty, equality and fraternity
  • Identify the problems facing society
  • Secure the agreement of the workshop to follow the discipline
  • Observe conflicts among, self, family, community and society etc.
  • Lear from social reformers like Dr Ambedkar and Dr Martin Luther King to build a ideal society
  • Revere life (individual students prepared to tell their main life events)

This was deeply inspirational to all. Students learned how to work based on the three principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. At the end of the workshop everyone wanted to participate in more workshops like this.

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Student study visit on 10th February 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, February 10th, 2018

The purpose of a study visit is to generate an exchange of experience and good practice between the country of student visit and the countries they all come from. Thus, participating in a study visit can be an exciting experience and an important learning tool for student. During the visit all the students are invited to prepare a group report summarising their discussions and learning. This will help teachers disseminate what they have learnt to others, who share their interest but did not participate in this particular study visit. On the first day of the visit, all are to select a reporter who will be responsible for preparing the final report and submitting it to teachers. Everybody should contribute to the report by sharing their views, knowledge, and practices in their respective countries. On this visit, everyone requested to submit and share their experiences. which was extreme good to learn each others.

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WORKSHOP ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACE BUILDING, FEBRUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Friday, February 9th, 2018

The Workshop on conflict resolution and peace building was held from 9th Feb to 13th Feb 2018 in Nagaloka.  Its purpose was to train the alumni to work on setting up organizations and train people to make liberty, equality and fraternity realities in order to achieve Ambedkar’s vision to create a Prabuddha Bharat. Two scholars and workers in this field, Alan Senauke from USA and Jill Jamson from Australia facilitated the workshop. There were 26 alumni,12 women and 14 men.

Alan and Jill have gave a talk on conflict between the Individual and Groups as well as Society. This gave alumni the chance to amplify their knowledge and help them to prevent conflicts occurring among people. Alan Senauke gave a talk on the social reformers Dr Ambedkar and Dr Martin Luther King, and explained their vision of peace building. It was a tremendous inspiration to everyone to learn more about these famous role models.

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