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The children’s program has its own sutra book. This book contains the heart sutra, enmei jukku kannon gyo, metta sutta, meal chant, and the refuges. You can download a copy of this sutra book.
Recommended Readings for Little Buddhas
If you wish to read books that relate to our fall classes, we recommend the following:
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Barefoot Book of Buddhist Tales by Sherab Chodzin
Zen Shorts by John Muth
Parents provided the following book reviews.
Bamboo Hats and a Rice Cake
by Ann Tompert (illustrated by Demi)
A traditional story set during the Japanese New Years season, involving rice cakes, bamboo hats, and jizo statues. The readers follow a curious poor old man’s day of trading. In a gentle, easy way it also teaches its readers some Japanese characters. But much more than this, it is a story of unthinking generosity and its surprise return. Featuring wonderful, finely drawn, artistic illustrations (great for kids who like “I spy“), this story presents an astonishing alternative to typical tales imbued with a more capitalist mind set.
Each Breath a Smile
by Sister Thuc Nghiem (Susan Swan), a practitioner in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition
A short easy book, great for younger children. It teaches breath awareness.
Momfulness- Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion and Grace
by Denise Roy
The stories and practices that Denise Roy shares in her book, “Momfulness- Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion and Grace”, made me feel connected to each person through my own mothering experiences. I came away with new tools and a desire to connect with other mothers to help bring all children up with attention, compassion and grace. The meditations she shares provided me with ideas on how to connect to my spirituality while still maintaining my hectic schedule. I feel that this book will benefit all women, whether they are mothers or not. It taps into the nurturing drive that we all have and encourages us to bond together to strengthen us to make this earth a better place.
There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me
by Alice Walker
This is a very simple book, in terms of language and the number of words, that younger kids can read. It has beautiful art work done by Stefano Vitale. It seems to be about the oneness of perceiver and perceived, but in honesty my 7-year-old was left wondering what it was really trying to convey. It is still definitely worth a read. You may really appreciate it!
Why War is Never a Good Idea
by Alice Walker
Given its title you won’t be taken by surprise with the message of this book. The author introduces children in a fairly gentle and understated way (nuanced and elliptical) to the underbelly of war. It is a message children perhaps need to hear in a society that glamorizes war and violence in nearly every toy/video game they see. The inside blurb says it is a book for all ages. I’m not sure I’d go younger than about 7 with this–maybe 6. I’d suggest any parent read this for him/herself before reading it with your child. It can be a source of exploration and discussion at different levels certainly with older children and even adults. You pick the way you want to approach it. My child’s summary of the book: “There is a real lesson in this one.”