The word ‘school’ (in Greek scole) originally refers to a spontaneous cluster of students gathering around a teacher or a group of teachers. It embraces the spirit of community and leisure. Only later in history, schools became institutes defined by buildings and (compulsory) rules and regulations.
In a ‘school’ streams of philosophical thought, new paradigms are explored, experimented, tested by debates, and introduced to mainstream thinking.
In Thai language our initiative to establish a ‘school’ could also be indicated by the term ‘Samnak Itsara’.
Dialogue is the basic mode of communication in the School for Wellbeing.
“Thus far we have only begun to explore the possibilities of dialogue in the sense indicated here, but going further along these lines would open up the possibility of transforming not only the relationship between people, but even more, the very nature of consciousness in which these relationships arise."
– David Bohm (quoted by Nuttarote Wangwinyoo in his paper Transformative Learning and Happiness).
A mudrā (Sanskrit: मुद्रा, lit. "seal") is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. While some mudrās involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers. Mudrā (Sanskrit) is A "spiritual gesture" and energetic "seal of authenticity" employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions, traditions of Dharma and Taoism.
Jnana or Gyana mudra (ญาณมุทรา). This gesture is performed by joining the tips of your index finger and thumb, and keeping the other three fingers stretched and joined together. It imparts happiness, develops the intellect, sharpens memory and concentration powers.
“Critical Holism is an uncommon synthesis. Criticism and holism refer to different modes of cognition. This makes it a welcome synthesis: without a critical edge, holism easily becomes totalizing, romantic, soggy. Without holism, criticism easily turns flat, sour.”