Date of Completion
Open Access Capstone
Master of Arts (MA)
Arthur B. Millman
This synthesis describes my journey preparing myself for teaching Buddhism in a way that moves beyond traditional approaches of transmitting information to students. I describe learning, teaching activities, tools, and methodologies using critical and creative thinking that can be applicable to Buddhist education. I describe some changes towards more interactive modes of teaching and progress in teaching I have made so far in my teaching Sunday school for children, in public teaching, and in giving instruction to Buddhist groups. Some further expectations and some defects in my teaching that need improvement are noted. A Buddhist is not a blind follower, subservient to a superior power, but should be a critical and creative person in believing, learning, practicing, and exchanging ideas with others. More than anyone else, the teachers in Buddhist schools should be inspiring agents in inheriting and transmitting the quintessence of Buddhism to help produce qualified successors and spread widely the seeds of Wisdom, Compassion, and Emancipation.
Thua, Doan Van, "Applying Critical and Creative Thinking in Teaching Buddhism" (2010). Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection. 299.