The Three Aspects of Self

Through this model of the self, we identify how we have become shaped, blocked and/or cut off from our innate wisdom and integrity. As we come to see ourselves more clearly, we explore the patterns that cause us to contract, react, or otherwise draw away from the experience of being fully present. We become mindful…

School Outside of School

For the past 150 years, “education” and “learning” in the United States have largely been understood as the transmission of skills and knowledge from teachers to students within the confines of a school’s four walls. At the heart of all its programming, the Academy for the Love of Learning is helping to expand that definition,…

Disorientation: Learning as Transformation

When we think about how we learn and grow, we might initially consider the process to be additive or accumulative: building and expanding our body of knowledge so we become informed about a new topic, skillful in a technique, or expert in a particular field. Learning in this manner, for the most part, increases our…

True Learning

I just returned from an inspiring meeting in Amherst, Mass where I joined with a group of colleagues in a pioneering enterprise focused upon creating a secular-based ethical foundation for education and human flourishing. The gathering was convened by the Mind and Life Institute at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The stellar…

Waging Peace

In January 2013, Academy Founder and President Aaron Stern presented the work of the Academy for the Love of Learning at a Mind & Life conference at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India. This landmark six-day event, convened at the special request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will brought together 20 of the world’s foremost scientists…

Reflections on Seton Castle

As the 5th anniversary of the devastating fire that destroyed Seton Castle approaches, I’ve been reflecting and wanted to share my thoughts. For many of our friends, this story is probably familiar, while for some of our newer friends, perhaps not. When the Academy purchased Seton Castle in the spring of 2003, it came with…

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