Swiss Primary Schools Implement Buddhist ‘Mindfulness’ Practices

(Evangelical Focus) Christian parents in the Swiss Canton of Valais are concerned about the implementation of Buddhist practices in some primary schools.

Several families have recently approached the Valais Evangelical Network (REV) and the French-speaking Swiss Evangelical Alliance (RES) because “pupils were offered meditation times to ‘return to calm’ inside the classroom.”

The Le Matin newspaper reported about the practice as well, informing that a Buddhist specialist is training state school teachers in “mindfulness,” and has even organized activities directly with children.

In a statement, the Swiss Evangelical Alliance raised “the question of whether these practices of Eastern religions has a spiritual dimension that should be debated.”

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