Ajahn Jayasaro, Buddhist Education 4

In Buddhist education emphasis is put on the learning, practice and application of Buddhist principles, would this not be at the expense of academic excellence? Are Buddhist education and academic excellence mutually exclusive?
“If we look at the Pali word, the Buddhist word, for “goodness,” the word is kusala, and the etymology of that word is “intelligence.” So it’s built into the Buddhist view of life [and] of things that goodness is intelligent. Intelligence is good; goodness is intelligent. If you have someone who’s good and he’s unintelligent, it’s not goodness in the sense that we mean [it]. If you’re intelligent and it’s not expressed through goodness, then it’s a false, counterfeit kind of intelligence.”

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