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Faculty promote consciousness-based education in China
by Patricia Boland

The MUM Review    Translate This Article
16 October 2006

A delegation led by physics professor John Hagelin toured China last month, presenting on Consciousness-Based(SM) education and correlating its basis with ancient Chinese wisdom. The tour generated considerable interest and resonated resoundingly with the country's evolving values and goals.

Six agreements were signed by school principals and paved the way for the University and Maharishi School to introduce Consciousness-Based education. In addition, endorsements were received from officials of Chinese education bureaus who are supporting its introduction. Steps are now underway to get the final approvals for implementation.

'Dr. Hagelin's linking modern science, Maharishi Vedic Science, and Dao, which is Chinese traditional wisdom, made the audiences very accepting of the presentations,' said Zhu Yunxiang, associate dean of Asia expansion, who was the driving force in the tour's organization.

According to Dr. Zhu, the national goals of China are a coherent and harmonious society with education as a top priority. He described education as the number two or three industry in China. Additionally, the government shows concern about the negative influences from Western culture while still aiming for the positive aspects and is now turning to its own ancient traditions as the antidote.

Dr. Hagelin's correlation of Maharishi Vedic Science(SM) and the Chinese concept of the Dao (from the Dao De Jing, a book whose authorship is attributed to Lao Zi) complemented addresses by Ashley Deans, director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, University Trustee Michael Dillbeck, and Fred Travis, associate professor of Maharishi Vedic Science. A DVD presentation on health by Robert Schneider, M.D., was also given.

Dr. Deans spoke on the success of Consciousness-Based education, Dr. Dillbeck presented research findings, and Dr. Travis showed how the brain changes during regular learning, under stress, and during practice of the Transcendental Meditation®technique. He demonstrated how brain changes during the Transcendental Meditation technique are the exact opposite to the changes under stress.

A presentation to an audience of 500 teachers and administrators included a demonstration of EEG readings during the meditation of a Japanese Yogic Flyer accompanying the tour.

'The audience even gasped when we showed them this,' Dr. Travis said. 'They were absolutely silent when we showed him meditating for four minutes. It was as though watching the brainwaves gave them the sense of the inner silence during the Transcendental Meditation technique.'

Sponsors of the tour were Stewart Zimmerman and Larry Chroman, long-term generous donors to the University. Professor Qi Dahui of the University's branch campus in Beijing was also instrumental in the success of the tour.

Copyright 2006, Maharishi University of Management

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