Examining education cross-cultural
Schmitt, Mikaila. 2018. Examining education cross-cultural -- Lambda Alpha Journal, v.48, p.50-55
Tibetan Monastic Universities are fascinating in the way that they transmit a specific body of knowledge. But the domain of knowledge comprising this system is not just education and learning. More specifically, it involves freeing oneself from suffering, ignorance, and emotional dissonance with an ultimate goal of self-transformation. As soon as an individual enters the monastic education system, instructors inform them of the process of re-training their minds in order to heal their suffering; and this is not done simply through the recognition of suffering itself, but through the ability to recognize the causes of their suffering as well. This is a key concept within these institutions. The causes of one's suffering are identified as two things, ignorance and hidden emotions, as well as actions and deeds produced by those emotions. In order to gain freedom, one must understand these emotions and ultimately overcome them. This paper will explore the Tibetan Monastic education system, specifically in contrast to a western education system. It is through cross-cultural analyses that we can gain a clearer understanding of the world in which we live as well as a heightened ability to appreciate the various cultures and bodies of knowledge that are different from our own.