Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen are often asked how they approach teaching their son about Buddhism. People are often surprised when they say they do not teach him anything unless he asks.
Khandro Déchen comments:
We teach him to be kind and to be generous. We also teach him to be brave and
not to complain. He never knew about boredom until he went to school and learnt
the word from other children. Ngak’chang Rinpoche explained to Robert that
boredom is only experienced by people who are boring – and so Robert decided
that he was not going to be bored. We explain that it is up to the individual to
find interest in life through their senses. We explain that there is always
something interesting in the sounds and colours, textures and shapes of the
world – and Robert found it easy to understand that. This is the Buddhism we
teach Robert – and it will develop in complexity as he develops. It will also
depend on what he asks and how he sees the world. It is important to us that he
grows to be a kind-hearted honourable person who has the capacity to work hard
and enjoy thoroughly.