Buddhism for Kids: 40 Activities, Meditations, and Stories for Everyday Calm, Happiness, and Awareness (Paperback)
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Easy and fun everyday Buddhism activities for kids ages 2 to 8
Growing up can be hard, with lots of big changes and confusing feelings―but practicing Buddhism can help turn that confusion into curiosity and excitement about the world and our place in it. Using easy-to-follow meditations for kids, interactive activities, and vivid retellings of classic Buddhist stories, Buddhism for Kids brings the Dharma, or Buddhist teachings, to kids. Buddhism for Kids makes the practice fun and interactive.
Organized by time of day―morning, day, and night―the book is designed to meet your little one’s energy level, or wind them down for bed. Kids will learn how to check in with nature by greeting trees, express their feelings by drawing monsters, show kindness through a surprise gift, and apply the lessons learned through incredible stories to their own life.
Buddhism for Kids includes:
- Dharma play―Watch your kids bring the teachings to life any time of the day through fun games and creative activities.
- Stepping stones―Find calm for the body, mind, and spirit with unique meditations your kids can do before school, during the day, or right before bed.
- Anytime story―Discover imaginative, illustrated retellings of classic Buddhist stories― each including a short moral to reflect on.
Make your own spiritual path with Buddhism for Kids, the kid-friendly guide to everyday peace of mind.
About the Author
EMILY GRIFFITH BURKE is a dharma practitioner in North Carolina. Emily lives and works as the yogi relations coordinator at Southern Dharma Retreat Center, where she supports practitioners embarking on silent meditation retreats. Emily is also a children’s Sati School teacher with the Mindful Families of Durham, guest teacher with the Triangle Insight Meditation Community, and author of Buddhism for Kids. Emily is excited to continue practicing and living the Dharma as she embarks on graduate training in divinity and clinical mental health counseling at Wake Forest University. Find Emily at ThePracticingHuman.com.
“With this book, Emily walks us through teaching our children to know themselves, do no harm, and help those around them—as well as how to practice alongside them! Use Emily's tried and true activities and stories to begin building up the Buddha-like nature that your child already has so that they can benefit themselves and everyone they come in contact with—for their entire lives!” —Christy Batts, family program coordinator, Kadampa Center for the Practice of Tibbetan Buddhism
“A valuable, much-needed contribution to Buddhist, meditative resources for children, Burke's sweet, delightful collection is an uplifting companion, morning, day, or night.” —Sumi Loundon Kim, Buddhist Chaplain at Yale and founder of the Mindful Families of Durham
“Parents of any faith or background can use this compilation of calm stories, playful activities, and active and quiet meditations to introduce Buddhism to kids of all ages.” —Ashley Gosselin-Ildari, Sati School Director, Mindful Families of Durham
“Cheerful, inviting, age-appropriate Buddhist stories and exercises with an easy, relaxed feel that contain timeless teachings completely free from preachiness or moralizing. Particular attention is given to helping kids tune into awareness of their environment, and to cultivating their natural capacity for compassionate connection with others. Also, the illustrations by April Hartmann are deeply charming!” —Scott Bryce, parent and practitioner; teacher at Triangle Insight Meditation Community, Durham, NC