Mindfulness for Education Course Descriptions
Introduction : Dr. Grace Song
Dr. Grace Song is a Won Buddhist minister and scholar who will introduce the question, “What is mindfulness?’ Grace will then facilitate a brief breakout session to give participants an opportunity to meet the presenters and one another.
What is Mindfulness? Dr. Young Don Choi
Dr. Choi, a Won Buddhist minister and professor, will discuss mindfulness in the context of what he calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Mindfulness, when properly understood and applied, is a technology which promises to change social structures and human nature itself.
The Mindful Management of Human Nature: Dr. Zi Young Kang
Great Master Sotaesan introduced Won Buddhism in 1916 with the founding motto:
“As material civilization develops, cultivate spiritual civilization accordingly.”
Materialism is a fact we cannot avoid. However, as contemporary society becomes increasingly materialistic, technologically advanced, and globally integrated, it is critical to develop human spirituality in equal measure. As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will we develop “spiritual technologies” which allow us to shape human nature and sensory experience in such a way that we master external (and especially digital) conditions rather than being mastered by them?
Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the ways in which mindful practice equips us to deal with sensory overload, digital addiction, and distortions of human nature.
Mindfulness Starts With Me: Yeo Ju Jo
Mindfulness that successfully and positively changes your surroundings, home, society, country, and world begins with “my mind.” We are precious and infinite beings which cannot be labeled as “this” or “that,” alive with innate and infinite possibilities. This program will awaken you to your being and ignite a fire in your mind so that you are able to practice mindfulness with passion.
Power of Concentration: Dr. Grace Song
The “power of concentration” is not only the capacity to concentrate on one task at hand while not being distracted by other things. Concentration, when well trained, equips the user to anticipate other tasks while transitioning seamlessly from one task to the next. During this session we will learn specific methods for cultivating concentration.
Power of Thinking: Rev. Shinoh Kang
This session is an opportunity to cultivate the power of thinking. There are two types of “thinking power”: the ability to manage life in the short and long-term, and the capacity to problem solve in the face of difficult challenges. Just as a CEO runs a company, we manage our time by learning the method of managing our lives — one day, one week, and for the rest of our lives. If we apply the power of thinking to the overall “pictures of our lives” we will be able to predict changes and manage them appropriately.
Breakout Session 1:
During this breakout session, attendees will be divided into two groups and given activity time to practice the lecture content for 30 minutes. Through this activity, attendees will learn how to use the tools which are applicable to students and educators and have time to discuss what they have learned, in depth. In the Power of Concentration breakout session, attendees will learn how to complete the Power of Concentration assessment chart. Likewise, attendees will learn how to make best use of the Power of Thinking assessment chart in their breakout group.
Digital Detox: Yeo Ju Jo
Do we control our digital devices or do our digital devices control us? In a world immersed in smart phones, virtual reality, digital games and virtual entertainment there is growing concern among many parents and teachers about “digital addiction” and the many mental and emotional problems associated with same. This program focuses on “managing one’s mind” in order to address the problem, and offers concrete strategies to awaken from digital addiction.
Power of Heedfulness: Dr. Zi Young Kang
This session will explain the theory of mindfulness by dividing mindfulness into four types, and will help attendees implement the associated practices to change their unwholesome habits. It presents a step-by-step method for achieving a holistic change of life and vision through practical mindfulness and simple changes in habit.
Breakout Session 2:
Two thirty-minute breakout groups will discuss and apply the methods learned in Digital Detox and Power of Heedfulness.
Mindfulness Teachers can Change the World: Dr. Grace Song
What is the ultimate purpose of mindfulness practice? The effects of mindfulness practice go beyond achieving personal tranquility of the mind. Through mindfulness practice, we can meet the true nature of ourselves and become one with the true self: we realize that we are one with the world, and the great self is the true self. This is how “mindful teachers” can change the world. The ultimate purpose of mindfulness practice is to go beyond the boundaries of self, family, race, and country, and to make the whole world one house, one humanity and one and one family.
Attendees will be asked to complete fill out a workshop evaluation form and will be given an opportunity to ask questions. We will also expand upon the ways in which attendees can best utilize the program materials. The workshop will end with reflections from the attendees. Everyone will be given an opportunity to purchase additional workshop materials.