Students are encouraged to be positive and compassionate participants in the world. One way that students will do this is by developing and engaging in an act that serves their community as part of the final unit of the Living School.
Participants will delve into practices that engage their whole being. Each student will commit to a daily contemplative practice. Practices will challenge and inspire students’ present way of life (orthopraxy).
The Living School uses a small group process derived from The Way of the Circle. This practice fosters a contemplative way of listening and speaking to others. It opens students to a deeper and more meaningful way of communicating, cultivates compassion and empathy for others, and allows for processing knowledge and experiences in a safe and non-threatening manner. Circle processing will be used consistently throughout the Living School program.
The required reading for each course is intended to deepen a student’s awareness of the contemplative tradition and draw them closer into experiencing union with Divine Reality. Students will have an opportunity to process questions online in discussions with other students as well as offer questions for faculty to address.
Students will come together to participate in powerful and joyful sessions of teaching, practice, and group discussion in Albuquerque, New Mexico, led by the Living School Faculty and staff.
Members of the Living School’s learning community will enrich one another through online discussions and reflections on their experience with the educational disciplines. This interactive forum will have multimedia capabilities, enabling various venues for student engagement.
Students will be asked to develop a Rhythm of Life that supports their continued growth and development, living from a contemplative stance that is generative in service to the world. Aspects of the Rhythm of Life include a commitment to: Contemplative Prayer and Meditation, Contemplative Study, Contemplative Community, and Contemplative Acts of Solidarity.