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Cambodia: Students learn Transcendental Meditation as part of first-year Vedic university curriculum
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17 August 2013
More than 20 years ago, Dr Lee Fergusson and Dr Anna Bonshek were the founding rectors of Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia. They wrote about their experience, as well as the history of modern education in Cambodia from its independence in 1953, in their new book, Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia: Educational Reconstruction and Social Renewal.
Dr Fergusson and Dr Bonshek do not speak the local language, Khmer, but they explained that it was one of the priorities recommended for the institution by its founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, that the school be run in Khmer.
All teaching was conducted in Khmer, 'which is actually a Sanskrit-based language', Dr Fergusson said. He added that although Khmer was the language of instruction, Sanskrit was used supplementally, as might be expected in the curriculum of a Vedic university.
Dr Fergusson taught one of the first classes, the Science of Creative Intelligence, when the university enrolled its first group of students in 1993. The Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI) was formulated by Maharishi to offer a complete, systematic study of consciousness.
The curriculum was designed for all students as a four-year degree programme. The first year was structured as a Foundation Course, divided into five curriculum areas: arts and humanities; Science of Creative Intelligence; social sciences; languages; and science and mathematics.
The arts and humanities discipline includes local Khmer culture, while language includes the study of Sanskrit. In their study of the Science of Creative Intelligence, all students learn Transcendental Meditation to gain direct experience of their inner Self, while they learn universal principles at the basis of their own consciousness and of all disciplines of knowledge.
Dr Fergusson said that students began by learning Transcendental Meditation and SCI in their first year, and would then go on to learn the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, practising in a group along with more advanced courses while going through their studies.
For more about Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia:
∙ Cambodia: Book about Maharishi Vedic University celebrates decades of Consciousness-Based Education
∙ Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia: New book gives history of education
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