Eleanor Chang ‘78 - USA -
Argue, Pray, Love - I Think of MHC when... -
May 2019, Sera Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet, China -
Samsung S9+ -
Buddhism is a religion of wisdom that says a person can be freed by wisdom, and by seeing the nature of all things. Tibetan monasteries are religious and education centers that provide a university-level education for some young people. Philosophical debate is one of the paths to wisdom and monks practice to debate on the opinions of the philosophical concepts.
Full of loud statements, hand clapping, and extravagant gestures, the monk debates are one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Lhasa. Founded in 1419, the Sera Monastery reminds me of MHC as both are institutions of higher learning. It seems to me that, like the monk debates, the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing (SAW) Program at the Weisman Center for Leadership allows students with diverse backgrounds, views, and voices learn to be critical, creative, and persuasive, gain wisdom and become enlightened leaders.
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