GOLD MOUNTAIN INSTILLING
SCHOOL SUMMER SESSION
In coordination with Dharma Realm Buddhist
University's summer session, GMIV Elementary School will hold its first summer
school program on the grounds of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas near Talmage,
The school, dedicated to assisting
children as individuals and as members of society, recognizes the need for
developing academic skills as part of the larger scope of emotional, physical,
and intellectual development. We are concerned with the over-all well being and
happiness of the children as well as with the society in which they live.
Besides giving the children a solid academic foundation and cultural background,
the school is dedicated to teaching the importance of lessening one's greed,
hatred, and stupidity, and developing morality, concentration, and true wisdom.
We realize that the future of the world lies in the hands of our children, and
that our basic goals must be to instill within the children a vital awareness of
the importance of peace and harmony and learn with them how to be giving and
compassionate and seek to benefit rather than harm society. Included within this
are the principles of protecting and preserving all life and the environment,
respecting the equality of all beings, and taking responsibility for one's
SUMMER SESSION EMPHASIS: LEARNING SKILLS TO BENEFIT OUR WORLD
The students who participate in this summer's session will have the
privilege of being part of the creation of a new community. Their contribution
will be an integral part of the establishment of the community, and will be
appreciated as such by its adult members. Academic skills will be taught, but
their practical application will be emphasized. For example, writing skills will
be in demand for a number of important projects. Thus, the children may choose
to work on a weekly community newspaper, writing children's literature, or
creating new textbooks. The following are the main topics that the children will
explore during the summer program:
CHILDREN'S EDUCATION: PROPAGANDA OR PRINCIPLE?
In coordination with the DRBU summer
session, one of the goals of the GMIV Elementary School program will be to
produce the first set of beginning readers for school use, and hopefully some
story-books, with Buddhist content. The children will make significant
contributions to this project. Hand in hand with this the children will be
taught to become critical readers and to distinguish slanted materials which
distort facts in order to promote their author's prejudiced views from writings
based on true principles.
THE LIFE PROCESS: A STUDY OF PLANT LIFE AND VEGETATION.
One on-going activity at CTTB will always
be the entire process of cultivation of the land. The children's science program
will include first-hand experience in preparing the soil, planting and
maintaining a garden, planning a balanced meal, composting, and recycling.
CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: TRAINING CHILDREN AS BI-LINGUAL TRANSLATORS.
GMIV School will continue its bilingual
Mandarin/English program training the children writing, reading, and speaking
skills. The children will also learn to use a calligraphy brush and will study
Chinese culture as part of their language studies. Special emphasis will be
placed on translation from both Chinese to English and from English to Chinese.
A CHILD'S-EYE VIEW OF THE AVATAMSAKA: WHO SAID YOU HAVE TO BE A GROWN-UP TO
BECOME A BUDDHA?
Every child will have the rare and
exciting opportunity of joining the Great Avatamsaka Assembly, which meets each
evening to hear lectures by the Venerable Master on the Avatamsaka Sutra. A
special program will be set up to both explain the concepts involved on their
level and to encourage them to express their own understanding and insights.
DRAW ME A PICTURE: A COMPLETE FINE ARTS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN IN COORDINATION
WITH THE UNIVERSITY ART PROGRAM.
This includes graphics, printmaking and
The children will have the use of CTTB's
swimming pool, gymnasium, and tennis courts. Time will be set aside each day for
Schedule will be rearranged according to childrenís interests. For
example, a child interested in gardening will be allowed to take time from other
activities to study plant life. Those working on the newspaper childrenís
books, etc. will also need more time.
The children will have the option of going home for
the weekends or participating in a more relaxed weekend schedule. There will
also be specifically scheduled weekend hikes and camping trips.
On the occasion of the birthday of
the Buddha of the Western Pure Land, Amitabha, the children of Gold Mountain
Instilling Virtue Elementary School entertained the great assembly with songs
for the Buddha. Shown here are the Venerable Master Hua and special guest Mrs.
Rounds, mother of Upasaka Kuo Chou (David) Rounds, seated at the table with Kuo
Ts'an Epstein, principal and teacher, playing guitar while the children sing. On
this occasion the Master composed another song, especially for the GMIV School
If you want to
be stupid like me
time getting angry
Don't go to
If you want to
be a fool:
Donít follow the rules!