Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Asso. Prof. Dr Chatsumarn Kabilsingh)

Mindfulness as an Element of Holistic Education

Buddhism is one religion, but it provides different types of mental training. There are at least 46 different types one to fit each of our different temperaments. Mindfulness is the key to all types of mental training; it helps one to be constantly aware. With mindfulness, one acts knowingly and not out of uncontrolled impulse.


Education is a process of human development. This development is holistic in nature and aims at human evolution, developing the individual physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Mindfulness must be constantly present throughout this holistic developmental process. This paper will explore how mindfulness is to be integrated in holistic human development. The author is deeply involved in training programs for women at various stages.  She will share with the audience her first hand experience of integrating the teaching of the Buddha with mindfulness.

Ven. Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Prof. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh)

earned her B.A.Hons in Philosophy from Visva Bharati U, Santiniketan, India, an M.A. in Religion from McMaster U, Canada (Canadian Teaching Fellowship) and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Magadh U, India. She taught Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy at Thammasat U, Bangkok  from 1973 until 2000. She became the first ordained Theravada bhikkhuni in Thailand 2001 and has been engaged in giving education on ordination for women since 1984.


Bikkhuni Dhammananda regularly organizes training for Buddhist women and offers international course on „Living Buddhism“ three times a year. She is author and translator of more than 70 books. In 2004 she was nominated by the UN as an Outstanding Buddhist woman.