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The Dalai Lama on Education for Children

Photo by Marc Sakamoto, Maitripa College, Nov 2010.

My hope and wish is that one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call ‘education of the heart.’ Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.

–His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama



In this issue


Cultivating Compassion

Moody Cow Learns Compassion Moody Cow Learns Compassion

This delightful sequel to Moody Cow Meditates reintroduces us to Peter (a.k.a. Moody Cow) while we meet for the first time his mischievous "boys-will-be-boys" friend Bully. Once again, Grandfather, the beloved old steer from Moody Cow Meditates, brings serenity and long-horned wisdom as he gently teaches to compassionately identify with other beings. This book also includes instructions for two activities — Compassionate Cricket Release and Compassionate Worm Rescue — for parents and children to do together.
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Tales of a Good Heart Book Tales of a Good Heart Book

Get this title today and receive the Tales of a Good Heart DVD as our gift. The Jataka tales, the ancient fables recounting some of the Buddha's former lives as an animal, show children the importance of thinking and acting out of altruism. Glossy pages featuring eight tales with 50 color illustrations.
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The Coconut Monk The Coconut Monk

In a war-torn world filled with images of violence, Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh offers young readers reassurance and a reminder that peace can be found through empathy. Based on a talk given directly to children, this timely book uses the image of a cat and a mouse and their smiling friend the Coconut Monk as metaphors for overcoming seemingly unconquerable divides of nature, nation, and belief. Teaching equanimity, compassion, and perseverance, the book includes full-color oil paintings by Vietnamese-American painter Vo-Dinh Mai.
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Learning Mindfulness

Is Nothing Something? Is Nothing Something?

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. The back of the book has basic, kid-friendly instructions for mindful breathing and mindful walking. Both humorous and profound, Is Nothing Something? is the perfect resource for kids with questions, adults looking to answer them, and anyone with questions of their own.
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Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

This wonderful picture book for children and adults alike introduces the powerful practice of mindfulness in a fun and exciting way. With the delightful characters Monkey and his serene friend Happy Panda guiding readers to a calmer and more attentive mind, this whimsical yet universal and warm presentation will delight all readers. Panda helps Monkey recognize the simple joy of doing what you’re doing while you’re doing it.
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The Want Monsters The Want Monsters

This quirky, engaging picture book brings mindfulness practice to a problem that all kids—and even adults—can relate to. Since the human tendency of wanting is unlikely to just disappear, it’s up to individuals to transform their relationships to their impulses. That’s where The Want Monsters comes in. Chelo Manchego personifies children’s nagging desires into monster form. When a little boy finds his personal Want Monster growing out of control, he names it Oskar, and starts an adventure in shrinking the enormous creature down to a manageable size.
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Zen and Bodhi's Snowy Day Zen and Bodhi's Snowy Day

Zen and Bodhi are two koala bears on a snowy day, out to learn about the world. Where does snow come from? Where does wind go? Lively verses are full of mischievous fun as Zen and Bodhi explore their world; rhythm and rhyme introduce the concept of impermanence to the very young in this magical, cozy bedtime story. The two koalas sniff, taste, hear, feel, and see, exploring their senses and the world around them. Gorgeous illustrations capture the wide-eyed awe of children in snowfall in vibrant color.
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Working with Anger

A Pebble for Your Pocket A Pebble for Your Pocket

Through vivid metaphors, original allegories, and colorful stories, young people learn about handling anger, living in the present moment, and "inter being"—the interconnectedness of all things. Thich Nhat Hanh offers various practices that children can do on their own or with others that will help them to transform anger and unhappiness and reconnect to the wonders of nature, and the joy of living in the present moment.
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Anh's Anger Anh's Anger

Children experience anger on a regular basis, but lack the coping skills to guide them through these difficult moments. Five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather interrupts playtime with a summons to the dinner table. When Anh’s grandfather takes the time to help Anh fully experience his anger by suggesting he go to his room and "sit with his anger," Anh discovers a positive method by which to work through his feelings. This remarkable book teaches children to both acknowledge and resolve their difficult emotions, making it an invaluable tool for parents and teachers alike.
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Peace, Bugs, and Understanding Peace, Bugs, and Understanding

Lily and her little sister Ruby are having a picnic when Ruby spoils their game of checkers. Lily lashes out but soon gets absorbed in a wonderful book, the story of her great grandfather’s encounter with a strange looking frog-like creature called Anger. The precious old journal teaches Lily about Metta, a technique that has helped people transform anger into loving kindness for thousands of years. Peace, Bugs, and Understanding is an invaluable tool for parents and teachers, and will help children learn to understand the causes of their own strong emotions, while teaching them peaceful ways to resolve difficulties through mindfulness and meditation.
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When the Anger Ogre Visits When the Anger Ogre Visits

When the Anger Ogre Visits gives children symbolic and concrete guidance about how to deal with anger as a natural part of their inner lives. Rather than squelching anger or pushing it away, the book invites children to sit with and observe anger, removing its overwhelming aspects. This playfully illustrated story, written in memorable rhyme, centers on discovering and using internal resources and portrays anger as manageable.
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Practicing Meditation

Just Me and My Mind Just Me and My Mind

Young children have strong emotions, but often are unsure of how to articulate and handle them. Just Me and My Mind aims to help kids recognize their emotions and thoughts—and then act accordingly. The book includes interactive pages of emotions (happy, scared, sad, loving, angry). The reader pulls an image of the emotion from the mind of the child, helping the reader to understand why emotions might arise. The book continues by illustrating how children can "clean out and settle" their minds with quiet contemplation.
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Meditations for Children - MP3 Download Meditations for Children - MP3 Download

Created in support of Lama Yeshe's idea of Universal Wisdom Education, this MP3 gives parents and educators useful, accurate, and practical guidelines for meditating with children, from ages 5-15. The meditations are presented in simple, universal language that children of all ages and backgrounds can easily understand.
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Sitting Still Like a Frog Sitting Still Like a Frog

This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. The accompanying audio CD has guided meditations.
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Each Breath a Smile Each Breath a Smile

Each Breath a Smile introduces preschool-aged children to mindful breathing. Through beautiful color illustrations, children learn to connect with their breathing to help them experience calmness and enjoy a deeper relationship with their friends and family. Illustrations of trees, frogs, crickets, and birds remind them of the many simple joys available in the world around them. With twenty-eight full-page color illustrations, this book will delight children while serving as a valuable resource for parents and teachers.
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Moody Cow Meditates Moody Cow Meditates

It all started one stupid, rotten day when everything went wrong... Peter the cow is having a BAD day. After missing the bus and wiping out on his bike he loses his temper and gets in trouble. Peter's day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over and teaches him how to settle his mind and let go of his frustration through a simple and fun exercise. This vibrant and funny children's book is a playful and hilarious way to introduce children to the power of meditation. With full color illustrations, Moody Cow Meditates is a wonderful book for parents and children to share together.
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Discovering Great Buddhist Figures & Legends

Prince Siddhartha Coloring Book Prince Siddhartha Coloring Book

A wonderful companion to our Prince Siddhartha story book, this children's coloring book Includes 31 full-size and 31 miniature line drawings with narrative descriptions. Includes 31 full-size and 31 miniature line drawings with narrative descriptions.
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Buddhist Animal Wisdom Stories Buddhist Animal Wisdom Stories

Around the beginning of the common era, Indian Buddhists began to collect fables, or jataka tales, illuminating various human virtues and foibles. Author and painter Mark McGinnis has collected over 40 of these hallowed popular tales and retold them in vividly poetic yet accessible language, their original Buddhist messages firmly intact. Each story is accompanied with a beautifully rendered full-color painting, making this an equally attractive book for children and adults, whether Buddhist or not, who love fine stories about their fellow wise (and foolish) creatures.
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The Dragon Prince The Dragon Prince

Cooperation and awareness of others are just two of the themes explored in these remarkable stories and legends from Vietnam, as retold by renowned Buddhist monk and scholar Thich Nhat Hanh. A fantastical blend of fiction and nonfiction, these tales are narrated with gorgeous prose and are accompanied by sumptuous black and white illustrations.
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Playing with Children - Teacher and Parent Resources

The Belle and Boo Book of Crafts The Belle and Boo Book of Crafts

The Belle and Boo Book of Crafts offers twenty-five one-of-a-kind projects we can create to bring more magic and make-believe into our lives. Sewing projects include a cuddly toy rabbit, a clothesline play tent, and even an explorer’s satchel. Make a robust beanbag, a tooth fairy pillow for your child's room, or a pull-along stuffed elephant with a sweet ribbon bow. Also included are knitting, embroidery, and papercraft projects to decorate your home and brighten your day.
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It's a Jungle Out There It's a Jungle Out There

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can't enjoy nature. This compact guide offers 52 nature-focused explorations, adventures, observations, and games that can help you and your child connect to nature while living in the city. Become an urban birder, make your own man vs. wild observations, and discover the not-so-hidden pockets of nature in your neighborhood.
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The 16 Guidelines for Life The 16 Guidelines for Life

Get this amazing book today and receive the 16 Guidelines Cards for FREE! The 16 Guidelines: The Basics is an attractive, illustrated workbook with quotes, stories, challenges and guided reflections for each guideline, together with an overview of each of the four wisdom themes: how we think (the power of the mind); how we act (cause and effect); how we relate to others (interdependence) and how we find meaning (impermanence). Each of the guidelines is associated with a role model whose life story exemplifies that quality.
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Tips for Nurturing Spiritual Development in Children: A Teacher's Guide Tips for Nurturing Spiritual Development in Children: A Teacher's Guide

This guide by Sandy Smith (author of Meditations for Children) contains practical advice and tips for developing effective communication, teacher skills, lesson plans and activities as well as practical guidelines for anyone involved in programs for children aged 5 and up.
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