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Thailand: Buddhist nun brings Transcendental Meditation to her school for at-risk girls
by Linda Egenes
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16 March 2014
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Acharn Yai is not a typical Buddhist nun. For one thing, she drives a car, uses a cell phone, and is committed to employing the best of modern technology to help her school thrive, even creating her own videos for fundraising.
She is also the founder of a unique school in Thailand. In 2003, Acharn Yai founded Dhammajarinee Witthaya School, the first and only free Buddhist boarding school for Thai girls who are at risk due to poverty, abandonment, or abuse. The school now has 530 in-residence students from preschool through grade 12, taught by 41 teachers. In order to accommodate 500 more girls who wish to attend the school, a new classroom building is already under construction.
The story of one woman uplifting thousands of girls from poverty is inspiring, to say the least. These girls not only receive safe haven and a free education—they are being transformed in ways that no one could have predicted or imagined. Under Acharn Yai's leadership, they practice the Transcendental Meditation technique twice a day, which she credits as the turning point for the school—since the girls started meditation, they now win top academic awards, live in harmony together, and have learned skills to succeed in a culture that would otherwise exploit them.
Acharn Yai herself learned Transcendental Meditation in 2008. ''It benefits my life as a whole—making me healthier and calmer. The most obvious change in me is my emotions. I usually was a hot-tempered and impatient person. But after practicing TM, I became more peaceful, modest and careful. I am able to understand other people better than before.'' She also was the first Buddhist nun to be trained as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
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