“Coming from a competitive school in the city, I wasn’t sure what to expect at a Buddhist school in Upstate New York, was it going to be rigorous enough? Would my child remain on par? I could not be more thrilled to see how fully my child is learning and how confident he has become. He now enjoys reading and his handwriting has improved, he’s doing mental math above his grade level. And on top of that, his genuine kindness is shining through brighter than ever. Thank  you!” 

SB

Middle Way School Parent

ABOUT

Founded in 2017, The Middle Way School of the Hudson Valley is one of the first Buddhist preparatory schools for children in the West. Our mission is to empower students to take their places in the modern world. Our pedagogy and school culture draw upon foundational Buddhist teachings and traditions as well as the latest research in child development, neuroscience, and technology. MWS offers an exceptional education, creating conditions for wisdom and compassion to flourish.

 

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ACADEMICS

We view education as a natural learning process that engages children’s innate potential and provides a way to understand the phenomenal world with grace and humor. Our students play, contemplate, engage with text and numbers, and are encouraged to use inquiry as the foundation for academic achievement. Our developmental approach to teaching and learning is highly personalized so that each student is experiences a balance of challenge and accomplishment. The aim is to tap into students’ intrinsic joy of learning while supporting their social, emotional and spiritual growth.

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ADMISSIONS

The Middle Way School thrives on the principle of inclusion. We actively seek to build a community that is rich with diverse cultures, races, talents, interests, learning profiles, and economic and ethnic backgrounds. MWS is a pilot school with the support of a global community of friends and foundations who wish to see us succeed. Because of their support, we are able to offer ample financial aid to meet families needs. More than $100,000 in aid was given in 2019.

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I feel today’s education does not really teach freedom. If they try to teach freedom, it is just about individual rights but not about the inner freedom which comes from a deep inner sense of order. When you have this inner orderliness you can then sprawl out and breeze around in the chaotic world. Instead it sometimes seems modern education does the opposite, it makes us chaotic inside and tries to create some kind of external order.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Advisor

DAILY AND WEEKLY HAPPENINGS AT MIDDLE WAY SCHOOL

✨ THIS IS IT! Today is the final day of our community challenge! ✨

https://go.rallyup.com/stepintoaction2024

Until 5 PM today (Sat., Apr. 6), we’re gathering as much support as possible for our school! Are you in a position to share an encouraging donation? Any amount will help us cross the finish line.

STEP into ACTION has been an exciting month-long effort, planned as a collaboration with our students. They worked together to come up with the event name, the logo, and this great slogan:

“One small step for students, one giant leap for Middle Way School!”

Special thanks to the dedication and creativity our students exhibit every day, and to our teachers for finding new ways to integrate fun into the classroom. Our oldest students have even been using pedometers to aid in their math exercises!

It’s heartwarming to see the joy of participation in support of our school. Thank you to those who have pledged a donation to bolster these efforts. What a great motivation to get outside, go into our community, and clean it up for the benefit of everyone!

Show your support for the thoughtful efforts of the participants, please visit https://go.rallyup.com/stepintoaction2024 (link in IG bio).

✨ THANK YOU! ✨ for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion.
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✨ We’ll reach the finish line TOMORROW! ✨

There are LOTS of different ways to be aware of the ground we cover each day. As part of our STEP into ACTION event, we’ve been noticing our impact on the earth and the many ways it influences us as individuals. Along the way, we’ve been cleaning up trails so that others might find the same welcoming joy in nature. What better way to celebrate Earth Month?!

For every mile we log, supporters are pledging to encourage these actions and cheer on our school. Will you please consider supporting our students? We’re grateful for the uplifting generosity!

To show your support with a donation, visit https://go.rallyup.com/stepintoaction2024 (link in IG bio). We have until THIS SATURDAY, April 6 at 5 PM.

✨ THANK YOU! ✨ for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion.
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✨ Just a couple of DAYS to the finish line! ✨

Our students, staff, trustees, and families have covered a LOT of ground together. We’ve been learning how we’re all connected to one another, to our community, and to our planet.

For every mile we log, our supporters are pledging a few dollars as an encouragement. All proceeds will benefit the Middle Way School Annual Fund, which nurtures every student from Pre-K to 6th Grade.

Please show your support for the thoughtful efforts of the participants. Visit https://go.rallyup.com/stepintoaction2024 (link in IG bio). We have until THIS SATURDAY, April 6 at 5 PM to reach our goal.

The MWS Annual Fund nurtures families with tuition assistance, bolsters our robust programming, supports teacher training for our dedicated educators, and allows for enhancements to our nature-based campus.

✨ THANK YOU! ✨ for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion.
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✨ ALMOST TO THE FINISH LINE! ✨

For one month, Middle Way students, staff, board members, and families have been lacing up our shoes and tracking our steps while we explore and care for our local community. It has been such a great inspiration to get out into nature and enjoy the signs of spring. Along the way, we’ve been collecting litter on trails and sharing our time and energy with our local community.

To those who have pledged their support for this adventure, we offer our sincere thanks. Proceeds benefit our school’s annual fund, which nurtures each and every student. THANK YOU!! for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion.

If you’d like to show your support for the thoughtful efforts of the participants, please visit https://go.rallyup.com/stepintoaction2024 (link in IG bio). We have until SATURDAY, April 6 at 5 PM to raise much-needed funds with every step we take.

✨ THANK YOU! ✨
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The countdown begins! For one month, Middle Way students, staff, board members, and families have been lacing up our shoes and tracking our steps while we explore and care for our local community. It has been such a great inspiration to get out into nature and enjoy the signs of spring. Along the way, we’ve been collecting litter on trails and sharing our time and energy with our local community.

✨ 5 days to the finish line! ✨

To those who have pledged their support for this adventure, we offer our sincere thanks. Proceeds benefit our school’s annual fund, which nurtures each and every student. THANK YOU!! for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion.

If you’d like to show your support for the thoughtful efforts of the participants, please visit https://go.rallyup.com/stepintoaction2024 (link in IG bio). We have until THIS SATURDAY, April 6 at 5 PM to raise much-needed funds with every step we take.

Wondering how you can also make strides in YOUR community?

* Consider a few trails you haven’t yet explored!
* Bring a friend along! Share a great conversation as you cover ground together.
* Notice signs of the changing season as you stroll through the forest.
* Look for plants and animals and notice what lessons you might learn from them.
* Make a drawing afterwards or jot down your thoughts about something you might have noticed along the way.
* Share a friendly “hello!” with a community member you haven’t seen in a while.
* Offer to help a neighbor in need!
* Leave nature cleaner than you found it.
* Consider bringing a bag with you to safely
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We have more gratitude to share! In showing our appreciation for the many supporting contributions we have received this year, we have more contributors to applaud. As a small, independent school in the Hudson Valley, we are so thankful for the kindness of our community—both near and far.

Together, we raised over $20,000 in just a matter of days!

Thank you for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion. The Middle Way School Annual Fund provides vitally needed support for our school, nurturing families with tuition assistance, bolstering our robust programming, supporting training for our dedicated educators, and allowing for enhancements to our nature-based campus. Our school is also a center for the development of a contemplative-based curriculum, designed to be shared widely for the benefit of children across the globe.

To the many businesses and individuals who contributed to the MWS Losar Silent Auction and Raffle fundraiser this year, we sincerely thank you. We are honored to thrive with you in this big-hearted community!

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We are over the moon with gratitude for the many supporting contributions we have received this year. As a small, independent school in the Hudson Valley, we are so thankful for the kindness of our community—both near and far.

Together, we raised over $20,000 in just a matter of days!

Thank you for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion. The Middle Way School Annual Fund provides vitally needed support for our school, nurturing families with tuition assistance, bolstering our robust programming, supporting training for our dedicated educators, and allowing for enhancements to our nature-based campus. Our school is also a center for the development of a contemplative-based curriculum, designed to be shared widely for the benefit of children across the globe.

To the many businesses and individuals who contributed to the MWS Losar Silent Auction and Raffle fundraiser this year, we sincerely thank you. We are honored to thrive with you in this big-hearted community!

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There are just a couple of days remaining to support the Middle Way School Silent Auction and Raffle Fundraiser! Check out the many amazing items and experiences — getaways in the Catskills, health and wellness indulgences, family-friendly lessons, vintage treasures, fine art, and so much more!! There are some real gems!

Visit https://go.rallyup.com/mwslosar/

NOW through THIS Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
RAFFLES close at 9 pm
AUCTION closes at 9:30 pm

✨ HOW YOUR KINDNESS COUNTS ✨

So far, we’ve reached 30% of our goal for this event—already a reason to celebrate our AMAZING Parent Volunteers who have poured their hearts and energy into this fundraising effort.

All proceeds from this Silent Auction and Raffle will benefit the Middle Way School Annual Fund, which provides vitally needed support for our school and has an impact on every student from Pre-K to 6th Grade. The MWS Annual Fund nurtures families with tuition assistance, bolsters our robust programming, supports teacher training for our dedicated educators, and allows for enhancements to our nature-based campus.

Can you help us by telling everyone you know about the Middle Way School Silent Auction and Raffle? Your support truly makes a difference!

✨ THANK YOU!! ✨

Thank you for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion.
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✨ It’s LIVE!!✨ MWS Silent Auction and Raffle Fundraiser

NOW through THIS Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
RAFFLES close at 9 pm
AUCTION closes at 9:30 pm

This week at Middle Way School, we’re celebrating LOSAR (Tibetan for “new year”). In Himalayan traditions, it’s a time for fun festivities and creating offerings of good merit. Join us in welcoming the “Year of the Dragon” by echoing the boldness and generosity it symbolizes.

✨ HOW TO SHARE YOUR SUPPORT ✨

From one-of-a-kind items to super-special experiences, we hope you find a GEM of your own in the online Middle Way School Silent Auction and Raffle, which is now LIVE! Check out the many individuals and businesses within our local and global community who have shared their kindness in support of our school!

Visit https://go.rallyup.com/mwslosar/
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✨ HOW YOUR KINDNESS COUNTS ✨

To meet our annual needs, we rely heavily on community support. We’re grateful for your generosity! All proceeds from this Silent Auction and Raffle will benefit the Middle Way School Annual Fund, which provides vitally needed support for our school and has an impact on every student from Pre-K to 6th Grade. The MWS Annual Fund nurtures families with tuition assistance, bolsters our robust programming, supports teacher training for our dedicated educators, and allows for enhancements to our nature-based campus.

Can you help us by sharing the Middle Way School Silent Auction and Raffle with your friends and family?

✨ THANK YOU!! ✨

Your support truly makes a difference!

Thank you for helping us grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion.
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Have you heard? Middle Way School is currently taking applications for the 2024-2025 school year! All applications received by January 31 will be reviewed for early admission.

Middle Way School is an independent, not-for-profit school in the Hudson Valley, exploring the rich potential of infusing modern education with wisdom and compassion. We’re shifting the way children relate to learning — leading with loving-kindness as we cultivate globally conscious minds.

Voted BEST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL in the Hudson Valley by Chronogram readers, two years in a row (2022/2023).

Learn more and explore the application process by visiting our Admissions page: www.middlewayschool.org/admissions (link in bio).

Can you please help us spread the word?

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As 2023 comes to a close, we share our gratitude and boundless love for our students, teachers, families, and community of supporters… like YOU! 

Your generosity makes our work possible—enriching our programming and facilities, and furthering our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion. 

Together, we can provide new opportunities for many years to come.

Please keep Middle Way School in mind as you consider your year-end giving plans: https://middlewayschool.org/annualfund/

May the new year bring gratitude and boundless love for all.

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This time of year is especially important for us. As a young school we are especially reliant on gifts from like-minded friends around the world, since tuition alone only covers a portion of (46%) of our annual operating costs. 

A gift to the Middle Way School Annual Fund is fully tax-deductible and provides families with tuition assistance, supports training for our dedicated educators and staff, allows for enhancements to our lovely campus, and contributes to inviting specialty teachers and eminent guests for our community. 

Will you help us spread the word this week? Please encourage family and friends to make their year-end gifts in support of the Middle Way School Annual Fund.

Every contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference and helps us continue to grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion. 

PLEASE DONATE TODAY by visiting https://middlewayschool.org/annualfund
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In this time of generosity, we ask for your support.

Middle Way School offers a remarkably unique approach to modern education. We’re shifting the way children relate to learning altogether—leading with loving-kindness as we cultivate globally conscious minds. 

If you are in a position to share with others, please support Middle Way School.

Every contribution—no matter the amount—makes a difference and helps us continue to grow and further our mission of creating education for children rooted in Buddhist wisdom and compassion.

PLEASE DONATE TODAY by visiting https://middlewayschool.org/annualfund

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@khyentsefoundation @middlewayeducation @middlewaypca
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THANK YOU to each and every Middle Way School supporter.

* We bow to the students—the focus of our efforts and the center of our joy.

* We give thanks for the families who support contemplative Buddhist education for their children, and for the generations that will follow.

* We are endlessly grateful for the knowledgeable and nurturing teachers who bring lessons to life each day.

* We applaud the tireless supporting staff members who keep everything running fluidly.

* We recognize the many advisors and board members who have dedicated their time and wisdom to the mission of our school.

* We celebrate the vast visions of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the Khyentse Foundation, and Middle Way Education, for their compassionate guidance and collaborative support.

* We deeply appreciate the worldwide supporters who grace us with their generosity by donating to the Middle Way School Annual Fund.

May the lessons we learn together benefit ALL beings worldwide.
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This week, we were fortunate to receive an impromptu visit from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Lama Lodro Lhamo (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra President), our own school parent Lama Karma Dhodrul, and Lama Tashi, who toured our grounds and blessed two sites on campus in preparation for the addition of two outdoor shrines. These projects will greatly enhance our grounds and give children and adults alike a place to contemplate, make offerings, and feel the integration of indoor and outdoor sacred spaces. After the blessings and a tour, we had a joyful tea party in the library with Rinpoche and listened to his folktales from Tibet and India. Rinpoche emphasized how much stories matter to children’s lives.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters such as HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and has served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years. His doctoral thesis was on the Ecumenical Movement in Tibet.

Since 1990 he has been traveling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at more than 50 Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centres in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith dialogues. He authored several books on Buddhism as well as some children’s books both in Tibetan and European languages.

https://bodhicharya.org/ringu-tulku/
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There is an altar in every classroom at the Middle Way School, and the children take turns in caring for this shared space. They are invited to bring in something meaningful from home to place on the altar. Items from nature such as a flower, a pinecone, or a special stone are encouraged. What a child brings is up to them—so long as it truly feels special to them. Our advisor Gaylon Ferguson suggested that the altar should be a place of delight. We encourage families to also develop a similar space in or around the home if they do not already have one.

Curious? Read more about this idea at middlewayeducation.org/resources/article-sacred-spaces/

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Vichitapol “Ta” Pholpoke, CEO founder of Teach for Thailand, paid a special visit to the Middle Way School this week. His inspiration to launch the organization stemmed from the opportunities available to him as a result of his own privileged background in an international school setting. Ta is committed to providing access to high-quality educational experiences for all Thais.

With Middle Way Education supporting the launch of a school in Bangkok, we are pleased to be deepening our ties with the country. And we are delighted to be the lab school of this MWE model of education. Ta was able to sit in on a curriculum planning meeting with MWS teachers, iterating the latest benchmarks and standards. It is essential to have a living and breathing example of Buddhist education for children in order for this model to take shape.

May this global collaboration be a benefit to all!

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Throughout the year, Middle Way parents, caregivers, and staff members are invited to learn alongside the children. Through the school-led Dharma Committee, we collaborate to organize opportunities for families so they can interact with buddhist teachings in meaningful ways.

Families may choose to participate in a weekly meditation or attend one of many special events. Teachers, scholars, lineage holders and meditation instructors are invited to facilitate discussions on topics that align with those studied by the children—such as refuge and impermanence. There are so many modern approaches to timeless ideas—movement, visual art, performance, cooking, book club, and more. These experiences are very enriching!

THANK YOU to the Dharma Committee for the thoughtful work you do in service of the school. Thank you to the collective community of parents and caregivers for showing up with an open mind. Thank you to the children for inspiring us all to connect.

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What a delightful day spent at the Kingston Farmers Market getting to know the farmers, makers, and community shakers in our area! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to speak with us about the Middle Way School. We offered treats and flower bouquets and connected with our neighbors. Kingston is such a vibrant city, bursting with good vibes. Many thanks to @kingstonfarmersmarket for sharing the opportunity with us! ...

Stop by the Kingston Farmers Market today and chat with us! (Sat., Aug. 12, 9am-1pm) there’s plenty of lemonade, fresh fruit, and oatmeal cookies. We’d love to answer any questions you might have about the Middle Way School. Did we mention there are cookies? ...

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ORIGINS

All major religions of the world have systems of educating children in their traditions, beliefs, rituals, and values. There are maktab and madrasas for Muslims, Catholic schools, Jewish day schools, Sunday schools, Catechism classes, all kinds of afterschool programs, camps, and specialized schools meant to teach children to become the stewards of their respective religious traditions. Buddhist education for children has, for the most part, been offered to monastic communities with grassroots initiatives few and far between. Because Buddhism is not culture bound, there are few broadly accepted holidays, festivals and customs to introduce to children. Often, the transference of the Buddhist view happens in the home. Some Buddhist parents have independently created programs for children, but there is no generally accepted content or method for teaching the dharma to children.

To bridge this gap, a team of educators and active Buddhists, inspired by the vision of Bhutanese Buddhist master Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche,  began exploring the possibility of creating such a model of education. It became clear that the model had to be developed in situ, in an actual school. Middle Way Education was established to spearhead this effort.

In 2017 after exploring options in Bali, Indonesia, India, and Taiwan, it was decided that the Middle Way pilot school should be located in Upstate New York. The Middle Way School opened in 2018 with 17 students in West Saugerties. In 2020 we enrolled 55 students in 6 classes.

The Hudson Valley is an ideal location for our pilot school. The welcoming and independent mindset in this area, along with supportive communities like Zen Mountain Monastery, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Omega Institute,  and other centers of study and practice, makes this a fertile ground for a new model of education to come into being.

We hire and enroll without discriminating against any identifying factor which may include race, age, national or ethnic origin,  religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic background. We will make accessibility accommodations for individuals with disabilities to the fullest extent possible. As an institution and as individuals we recognize that we have the responsibility to actively change the power differences that perpetuate biases against historically underrepresented groups. Our inclusion efforts are a dynamic process. We welcome your experience and invite your input on how our school community can continue to evolve.

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