Buddha always taught his disciples and lay people not to believe in a faith blindly. Instead one should question and investigate the truth before accepting any theory.
He also taught the importance of education and continuous learning as per Mangala sutta.
The blessing of education category in Mandala Sutta
1. Much Knowledge,
2. Skill in science,
3. Being well-trained in discipline, and
4. Pleasant speech:-
These four are the highest blessings of education category taught by the Buddha in Mangala Sutta.
Therefore, Buddhism can go with education harmoniously in anytime and in any age. As long as one does not break one of the five precepts, one can learn anything. Either Ancient education or modern education will never teach you to break one of the five precepts.
According to religious and spiritual history of the world, the Buddha is the only master who encourages us to open up our mind, our eyes and heart not to be blind. Meditation is the best technique that guides us how to open up our mind to the sense objects to be aware of, to acknowledge, to investigate what happens inside ourselves regarding the sense objects outside. It is really interesting technique.
Without being learned by a particular type of education, how can one inquire and investigate something either acceptable or not? The Buddha has never taught his disciples any kind of blind faith. The final goal taught by the Buddha can be visibly attained by perfectly learning and practicing. Just by blind faith, will nothing be realized and attained according to the Buddha's Teaching. Therefore, no doubt, Buddhism can go with education harmoniously.
by Ashin Kelasa from Mahagandhayon Monastery
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