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Reading Time: 2 minutesWhat (if any) are the methods of initiation? Initiation, despite some overtones it has picked up does not imply that the community is a cult. Established communities and organisations use initiation ceremonies all the time, from university...

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Reading Time: < 1 minuteWhat contracts should exist between the community and the individual? Contracts between a community and an individual seems initially repellent, as an idea. Although in such a complex environment with a society that pays individuals has...

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Reading Time: < 1 minuteWhat amount of vacation is acceptable? The number mandated by countries of paid vacation days varies a lot. The best would be around 30 days of paid leave + national / public holidays. These should allow members to travel home for important...

Mindfulness and Education

Reading Time: 2 minutesSo I saw this article on neural studies of Monks doing meditation and it’s effects on the brain: https://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Stanford-studies-monks-meditation-compassion-3689748.php I’m presently reading a book on some of...

On being a teacher

Reading Time: < 1 minuteI have to to say if you had asked me 3 years ago what I would be doing now the answer would not have been sitting in a office in France preparing to start an English lesson. It’s  a strange life and I’m not sure now what that...