This illustrated book of children’s stories presents the wisdom of Mahayana Buddhism through the accessible and entertaining lens of a modern Buddhist family with two rambunctious elementary school-aged children. Five of the chapters retell traditional stories of the life of the Buddha in a way that makes their lessons relevant to modern life. One contains a simple guided meditation practice based on the teachings of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh for use with children and one describes the family’s visit to hear a Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoche give a Dharma teaching about bodhicitta.
The book is available in paperback on amazon.com here. Part of the profits from sales of the book will go to Buddhist charities, including the Tibetan Nuns Project and 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha.
Written by Michelle Johnson-Weider and illustrated by Brian Chen, In the Garden of our Minds and Other Buddhist Stories won a Bronze Medal in the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, category 27: Religion/Spirituality. More information about the book, as well as information about practicing Buddhism and mindfulness with children, can be found on M’s blog 50percentDakini.com.
“a fresh and wonderful new children’s book for introducing children to Buddhism, or for deepening their understanding . . . this book is appropriate for anyone of any Buddhist lineage, or for anyone who is interested in introducing children to Buddhism.” – Review by Lisa Erickson, Buddhism Editor for BellaOnline“This book is a simple but entertaining way to teach children about the Dharma in a home or classroom setting. Colorful illustrations by Brian Chen show an interesting mix of scenes of modern family life as well as from the time of the Buddha. Even though the book is designed for children, adults will find it an enjoyable way to learn about the Buddha’s teachings.” – Review by Sandra Diaz, published in the Summer 2014, Issue 66 of The Mindfulness Bell