"Intercultural Humanism and Value-Oriented Education"

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Chintamani Yogi

(Principal of Hindu Vidyapeeth Schools, Kathmandu)

"Intercultural Humanism and Value-Oriented Education"

 

Paper presented at:

Intercultural Humanism: Challenges, Experiences, Visions, Strategies

10-11 September 2010, Christ Church College, Oxford

 

Convened by The Berendel Foundation in association with the Modern European History Research Centre, University of Oxford

Abstract: Culture is the mirror of society. Culture gives life and light to society and the society which is devoid of culture seems dead. The relationship between culture and society is as inseparable as the relationship between fingernail and finger. Culture is, in fact, the identity of society. It is clear that a society without its own culture cannot sustain itself and is like a tree without leaves.  Basically, culture connects us and cultivates us. It establishes a connection between people and other people, people and nature, and people and the earth. The world's problems can be solved if we foster a sense of belonging, inter-dependence and inter-connectedness. This will cultivate us, raise our level of consciousness, uplift us and inculcate within us a divine quality and spiritual wealth.

Short Bio: Short Bio: Chintamani Yogi was born to a traditional Hindu family in a small village in Dang, western Nepal, in 1963. Having moved to Dehli for his education, Chintamani Yogijoined a traditional Gurukul to study Sanskrit and other ancient Hindu texts before returning to Nepal eight years later. He subsequently moved to Kathmandu to continue his studies, and where he first met Dr. Bihari Lal Shrestha, with whom Chintamani Yogiestablished a school named Hindu Vidya Peeth Nepal (HVP) in 1985. It is a charity based institution that imparts modern education along with spiritual values. Today, after 20 years, there are three HVP schools in Nepal and there are more than 2000 children studying under his loving care. Mottos like, “Think globally, act locally” and “Humanity through spirituality”, have become the guiding principles of Chintamani Yogi’s life. He has also written many books for children and also books on religion and spirituality. He has also received many awards for his contribution to society.

 

 

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