More on the Sikkim conference, with the Dalai Lama and Montessori teachers

2010 “Montessori contributes to conference on “Science, Spirituality, and Education” with the Dalai Lama in Sikkim, Northern India

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Although Montessori education is well-known for the academic success it is in truth a method of studying human development in all of its facets and supporting the growth of children toward the fullest potential in all ways. Above is the Montessori contingent present at this meeting with the Dalai Lama in December of 2010.

Along with progress in many areas such as medicine and the material standard of living, Western culture has brought difficulties to the Himalayan region: materialism, TV violence, daily stress, discord, drugs, teenage problems, etc., The government of Sikkim brought together a stellar group of scientists, medical doctors, philosophers, thinkers, and educators in hopes of solving these problems through the education of children. During several days of talks and meetings, including talks by Lynne Lawrence and Jean Miller, and because of many Montessori conversations among the participants, a day was added just for the educators to meet, all present interested in implementing Montessori education to alleviate these problems. More information here:

Buddhists, the brain and neuroscience

I was at this meeting in Gangtok, Sikkim in 2010 and have become friends with the author He just published the book “Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom”

Andrew Duff

I recently attended a 4-day conference on “Science, Spirituality and Education” in Gangtok, Sikkim. The Dalai Lama opened the conference, and I wrote the article below about his fascinating dialogue with members of the neuroscience community. It was published today in The Times.

Buddhists, the brain and neuroscience

Andrew Duff
December 23 2010 12:25PM

At a conference in Sikkim the Dalai Lama and neuroscientists are exploring the impact of neuroscience on the brain

An American once tried to tell the Dalai Lama that science is the killer of religion. The Dalai Lama’s response was straightforward. “The Buddha,” he explained “said do not accept things out of faith and devotion. Rather investigation and experimentation. I realized that whether science is killer of religion or not, I have to investigate!”

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Montessori for Two Royal Babies

royal babies
Now that there are two “royal” babies in the UK, I am going to share how an elementary student got the Montessori 0-3 to three information to the parents.
It was July 24, 2013. All of us at The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado, were working hard

to prepare students for the oral examiners soon to arrive from abroad. But we couldn’t help but follow the news of the birth of the new royal baby of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Finally, the little boy made his appearance; the happy parents presenting him to the world.
A little voice was heard through the throng of us peeking over each other’s shoulders, “oohing” and “ahhing” at the sight of the baby. “Someone should send them a copy of
The Joyful Child.”
“Yes!” everyone agreed. But then we got back to our work. Only one person persisted, a Montessori elementary student from Amsterdam . . .

Montessori Language, birth to age 12+

Montessori Language: Speaking, Writing, and Reading – Birth to Age 12+


This Michael Olaf Montessori newsletter for parents and teachers contains excerpts from the 0-3 book The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three Years and the 3-12+ book Child of the World: Montessori, Global Education for 3-12+.


Excerpts from the book The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three, with permission of the author
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Montessori Newsletter #18, Concentration, Where the Magic Happens!

Concentration, Where the Magic Happens!


When work and concentration on activities appropriate for the child’s stage of development are protected the potential for optimum development is seen in ways previously not thought possible. A human being is revealed who knows that happiness does not come from things or fame, who exhibits a love of silence, a natural impulse to do good work, to learn, and to help others. This is the magic of Montessori.

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