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    Inside Out Paid Member

    Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people and the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate. Born to a peasant family in 1935, in the northeastern province of Amdo, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, and a manifestation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. In 1959, he escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet and lives now in Dharamsala, India. More »
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    Bringing Up Buddhists: A Resource Guide Paid Member

    BOOKS FOR GROWN-UPSDharma Family Treasures: Sharing Buddhism With Children, edited by Sandy Eastoak, was written just eleven years ago, but is now something of a classic for Buddhist parents. It contains essays by members of the San Francisco Zen Center, Thich Nhat Hanh and others. While this section does not address teaching dharma to teens, there are excellent books for adolescents, including Just Say Om!: Your Life's Journey by Soren Gordhamer (Adams Media, out of print) and Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens (Perigee Trade). Both can be helpful for parents of younger children and for those framing practice programs for kids. More »
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    The ABC's of Enlightenment Paid Member

    IN the early 1980s, one of the members of our small Zen Center came to us complaining that there was nothing in our program designed for children or families with children. In fact, our whole program at that time was lifted directly from the schedule of our founder's monastery and was only moderated in timing and intensity to accommodate people with jobs in Portland. Our early attempts to create some gaps into which children could be inserted showed our ignorance and were frustrating to the members. For instance, we tried family work/retreat days. The days were too long, boring, and structured in an adult monastic way to be engaging for the children. For the children, once was enough. More »
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    Introduction: Teaching Your Children Buddhist Values Paid Member

    Of all the thousands of the Buddha's teachings, he directed a very few—three or four, depending on what you count—specifically to children. Considering the multitude and breadth of his suttas, it's hard to imagine why more weren't geared to kids: was it because following his path requires a mature mind and mature commitment? Or was it because Indian society twenty-six hundred years ago had the instruction of children firmly in household hand—if adult family members were following the Buddha, children would naturally absorb the lessons and culture of the dharma, too. Or perhaps—and this is a personal guess—it was because the Buddha's principal teaching to a child so perfectly encapsulated the dharma that little else needed to be said. More »
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    Tough Lovingkindness Paid Member

      I NEVER intended to teach meditation to kids. A few years back, I received a phone call from a social studies teacher at a New York City high school who was teaching his students about Eastern cultures and religions. He wanted to know if I could visit his classes, talk to the kids about Buddhism, maybe take them through a brief guided meditation. I'm not sure to this day how he found me—perhaps he was scouring the Internet in search of a meditation teacher. I agreed to meet with his classes and headed for the high school, School of the Future, in Manhattan, feeling a certain amount of trepidation. I'd be operating outside my comfort zone, teaching kids.More »
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    Samsara Dogs and Monkey Kings Paid Member

    Samsara DogHelen ManosIllustrated by Julie VivasKane/Miller Book Publishers, 200748 pp.; $17.95 (cloth) More »