When Donna Quesada began to face the burnout that comes with the stresses of being an educator, she drew strength from her long-standing Buddhist practices to rejuvenate her love of teaching. With the help of Emily Gray's amiable performance, listeners find inspiration in Quesada's relatable experiences, including lessons in Dharma that are relevant to each anecdote. Buddha in the Classroom is a helpful portrayal of the methods that can be used to find inner peace while dealing with the daily challenges that can arise for a teacher.
Donna Quesada had been teaching for about a dozen years when the first signs of burnout hit her. Rather than give into her frustration, she reached for Buddha’s teachings - the Zen wisdom that formed the basis of her own longtime spiritual practice. She survived the semester and gradually rediscovered the joy of teaching that had been progressively declining. In this wonderful book, she shares the lessons she learned - lessons that reveal time and again: No matter the situation, resolution begins in our own hearts and minds. Some days, some semesters, and even some years will be more challenging and more wearisome than others, she warns. But in Buddha in the Classroom, Quesada offers a lasting source of encouragement and inspiration. Although the book draws from Eastern teachings, the wisdom is for everyone, regardless of personal background, creed, or faith.
With elements of The Last Lecture as well as Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul, this is the perfect gift for teachers - but also for anyone needing inspiration.