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 Buddhist traditions. Our mission is to create 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 significant resources to support the establishment of the Middle Way School, an independently operated pilot school in Upstate New York, with a long-term goal of developing a comprehensive model of Buddhist education for children. The school opened in September, 2018 on a five-acre campus for students ages 4-9 and will continue to expand each year. The curriculum is progressive, constructivist, and meets common core standards while encouraging students to sharpen their awareness, follow their wisdom, and practice their innate compassion. Advisors on the project include scholars and teachers from all three yanas, education specialists, neuroscientists, parents, and others. The school is exploring how to create an inclusive education model, arising from the Buddhist view of wisdom and compassion and enhancing modern education for the benefit of this and future generations.
Middle Way conducted years of research and development before launching this website as an online hub for Buddhist educators worldwide. The site offers 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. Many Buddhist education initiatives are taking shape all over the world and this site is designed to help them share resources and link together.