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Japan: Tokyo Consciousness-Based Education conference draws large audience, great interest
by Global Good News staff writer
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17 April 2010
The turn-out at a recent Consciousness-Based Education conference held in Tokyo was huge, and the conference was attended by many government officials, school principals, and school directors, said Dr Ashley Deans*, Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, who recently toured Japan presenting the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education along with other leaders and young graduates of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
The interest of the audience was so great that they stayed for hours asking questions, he continued.
The conference 'created a huge amount of enthusiasm,' he added. Raja John Konhaus, Raja of Invincible Japan for the Global Country of World Peace, explained the Transcendental Meditation Programme with slides all in Japanese.
Dr Deans discussed the success of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and how creative the students are—winning international creativity competitions on numerous occasions. Development of creativity is a concern in Japan, Dr Deans noted, so they were happy to hear that Consciousness-Based Education enhances creativity.
Research on holistic brain functioning by Dr Fred Travis, Director of Maharishi University of Management's Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, and Dr Alarik Arenander**, Director of the Brain Research Institute at MUM, was also presented.
The conference also featured local Japanese speakers. A well-respected medical doctor carefully explained the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation. A senior executive of a prominent company in Japan also spoke. He told a very moving story about how his company had gone through a difficult period and he was under tremendous stress. He learned Transcendental Meditation, and credited his regular practice of the technique with helping make his company successful again.
The conference also discussed the creation of invincibility for Japan and the whole world through schools and businesses, Dr Deans said.
The audience was attentive even after hours of the conference, he noted.
As a result of the conference the delegation was invited to visit many schools in Tokyo and surrounding areas, Dr Deans said. One of these schools—with a student body of 1,200—intends to implement the programme.
Please also see Part I and Part II of this article.
*Dr Deans is also Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
**Alarik Arenander, PhD, is also Director of Research at the Center for Leadership Performance, a division of Maharishi University of Management's Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy. Dr Arenander, an expert in the neurobiology of brain development and mind-body health, has conducted pioneering research at the University of California at Los Angeles, Penn State University at Hershey, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Maharishi University of Management.
Global Good News will feature the continuation of Dr Deans' talk in the coming days.
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