Will Ord’s site on ‘Thinking Education’

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Will Ord’s site on ‘Thinking Education’ will interest those of you that are interested in PFC Philosophy for Children and other aspects of thinking. You can find the blog here.

Will is chair of SAPERE the UK Philosophy for Children network

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All postings to this site relate to the central model in the PhD. Summaries are HERE

Contemplative Quakerism

Very intersting site on Quaker/Friends views about contemplative practice:

Contemplative Quakerism

This Web page provides an introduction to the contemplative perspective and an invitation to consider Quaker practice as contemplative practice.

I invite you to join in dialog about these issues by contacting me at jflory@orednet.org. I will add your comments to the responses page.

Mystical Experience in Modern English
Contemplative Practice
Quakerism as Contemplative Practice
Your Responses

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Contemplative Art

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Carrie Bergman has added Contemplative Art to the range of contemplative approaches. She starts her short article saying;

Creative expression provokes new ways of seeing, understanding ourselves, and relating to one another. As a silent personal practice, art-making allows you to calm and focus your mind while making images that can serve as sources of inspiration and healing.

You can read the whole of the article at The Centre for Contemplative Mind in Society

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The Road Always Travelled

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An illumined road as a metaphor for education. This winter sunshine photograph is as good as I have so far to illustrate my sunwalk model of holistic. Of course ideally it should have a young man and a young women walking the road with whoever is their ‘wise counsellor’ – whoever s/he might be. We all walk the road of our lives with whatever light we have been given, or can muster.

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Epithets

Epithets; some nice examples from Representative Poetry Online at the University of Toronto

Rupert Brook delights the reader with such phrases as “unthinking silence,” “drowsy Death,” “we have beaconed the world’s night,” “crying flames,” “feathery dust,” “friendly bread,” “the blue bitter smoke of wood,” “many-tasting food,” “the cool kindliness of sheets,” “the keen unpassioned beauty of a great machine,” “the benison [blessing] of hot water,” “sweet water’s dinzpling laugh,” “the deep-panting train,” “the cold graveness of iron,” “turn with traitor breath.”

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Juxtaposition: Buddhist sand art and s…

Juxtaposition: Buddhist sand art and street paintings

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From time to time juxtapositions come along i.e the placing of two or more views the dynamics of which create a rich text for philosophical inquiry and creative response.

I saw on TV a piece about Buddhist sand art. It was fascinating – a sense of the sacred – its destruction at the end of the celebration, the placing of some of the sand into running water so that the good might be more widely disperse, the giving all who attending the ceremony a small bag of the now mixed sand grains. Very powerful, very moving, very spiritual.

I also came across 3D street art as in these examples here

There are many examples of the Buddhist art. Here is one interesting application.

Suggested task: Explore these two forms of art and see how they inform each other within their cultural contexts. What questions arise? What creative expression opportunities arise? What is the dialogue between the philosophical questions and the creative expressions produced?

Am I right there is no subjectivity in the Buddhist’s monks art and in the 2D/3D street art it is highly (?) subjective? Is the first simply symbolic decoration? Is the latter highly disciplined or self-indulgent? What can we say about the fact that both forms have only a short life span before destruction? Des the pavement art get ‘dispersed’?

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