Karma and Vipaka
Introduction to Buddhist Teachings and Beliefs
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School
South Hadley, Massachusetts
"From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and wants to avoid suffering. In this we are all the same." ~14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
I am a teacher of the humanities and dance at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School (PVPA), located in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The history and english offerings are wonderfully diverse- from women's literature, introduction to Shakespeare, and Latin American Studies. A few years ago, I added to the collection of course offerings with an introductory course in philosophy, a subject of great interest to me. After my four weeks at Holy Cross, I feel much more prepared to offer more content in eastern philosphical thought, lessons that allow students to become familiar with Hinduism and Buddhism.