Rubin Museum of Art & Global LAB Professional Development Program
The program consists of four primary components:
1. A series of intensive pre-departure teacher training classes and workshops conducted at the Rubin Museum of Art.
2. Travel to the Himalaya of Northern India to learn in situ and firsthand about some of the distinctive cultural, religious, and arts traditions that have been practiced in this part of Asia for millenia.
3. Curriculum development and lesson planning beginning in India and continuing immediately upon return to the U.S.
4. Implementation of the new global studies curriculum in classrooms during the fall of 2006.
At the Rubin Museum
During the series of Educator Training Workshops at RMA, participants will be guided to connect the work in the museum collection to their own lives. To do this, we will explore various themes including: Teaching, Beauty, Peacefulness, Wrathfulness, Meditation, and Enlightenment.
Informed by gallery and studio activities, mindful observation of art work, and travel experiences, teachers will create interdisciplinary lesson plans for integration into their classroom instruction in their host institutions.
Travel and Immersion Learning: Tibetan Buddhism - A Study in the Indian Himalayas
Throughout this program in the Indian Himalayas, participants will be challenged to explore the history and beliefs of one of the world's most important religious traditions as it is being practiced and preserved in geographic exile.
Our aim during this program is both to study the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism and to locate this tradition within the context of the ceremonies and daily rituals that allow it to thrive.
After touring the major sites of Delhi, we make our way high into the Himalayas to explore the monasteries and spectacular landscapes of Ladakh, or "Little Tibet," one of the very few regions in the world where Tibetan Buddhism and all its cultural forms have flourished without interruption since introduced more than 1,000 years ago.
From Ladakh we make our way down into the Himalayan foothills to explore Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama and headquarters of the Tibetan-Government-in-Exile. The current epicenter of Tibetan culture, Dharamsala is where Tibetan traditions of medicine, astrology, law, religion, language, and the arts are preserved and nurtured. From Dharamsala, program participants will emerge from this intensive study of Tibetan Buddhism with a richly informed awareness of how the religion continues to inspire cultural survival in the face of overwhelming odds.