Middle Way Education (MWE) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2017 and guided by the vision of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and other masters from various Buddhist traditions. Our mission is to build a comprehensive model for Buddhist education, creating pathways for traditional Buddhist wisdom and knowledge to enhance modern education for the benefit of this and future generations.
Middle Way Education was formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2017, with a mission to create a comprehensive model for Buddhist education. Guiding this model is the vision of Bhutanese Buddhist teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, who for years has searched for ways to help parents and educators create pathways for traditional wisdom and knowledge to enter their children’s lives.
“We are trying to prepare and train some of the next generation of human beings through Buddhist values and Buddha’s teaching of love, compassion, and wisdom. We are also hoping that through training the next generation of Buddhists, the authentic Buddhadharma can continue to flourish and that knowledgeable practitioners of the dharma will carry on the lineage through their love and support, and through the study and practice of the teachings. So we are developing a model of education.” — Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
Khyentse Foundation, a Buddhist not-for-profit organization established in 2001 to support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice, is a primary sponsor of Middle Way Education, through a special grant.
Middle Way Education is investing major resources in developing a comprehensive reform model of Buddhist education for children, to help establish Buddhist schools or redefine existing schools around the world. The model will be developed in an independently operated pilot school in Upstate New York, the Middle Way School, and will eventually be made available to all who are interested. Advisors on the project will include scholars and teachers from all three yanas, education specialists, neuroscientists, parents, and others. MWE is creating a truly inclusive education model, arising from the view of wisdom and compassion, and harnessing the Buddha’s understanding of how the mind works, still radical and relevant after centuries of application, to enhance modern education for the benefit of this and future generations.
Buddhist logic and wisdom are powerful means to support students in developing an inquisitive approach to being in the world. Curious and unpretentious, with a habit of examining before adopting anything as being true—these are hallmarks of a mind trained in the dharma. They are also qualities of successful innovators and leaders. But only when these qualities are are cultivated with a wish to benefit others can we really claim success. With the additional motivation of bodhicitta, innovation becomes much more than just a means to get rich. It is to these ends that Middle Way School hopes to educate.
Over the years of research and development of Middle Way, it has become clear that although many initiatives with a similar aim are taking place all over the world, a lack of communication means that these like-minded institutions and individuals have no way to network. This site is designed to help bridge that gap.
Middlewayeducation.org is an online hub for Buddhist educators worldwide, offering a database of course materials, news, articles, and resources to engage young people in the Buddha’s view of wisdom and compassion. MWE features materials from across Buddhist schools and traditions, brought to you by our global network of schools and organizations.