BOOKS FOR GROWN-UPS
Dharma 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.
The Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon, self-publishesSharing the Dharma with Children: Dharma School & Camp at Dharma Rain Zen Center. In addition to general tips on sharing the dharma with kids, the book describes typical sessions of each of five different age group classes, the five main dharmic themes used (one each year on a rotating basis), six kid-friendly ceremonies, and their Buddhist summer camp. The book can be obtained for $15, including shipping and handling, from Dharma Rain Zen Center, 2539 SE Madison, Portland, OR 97214. Much of the content can also be found on the center’s website, Dharma-Rain.org (under Our Programs/Children’s Programs).
The web, not surprisingly, is an extraordinary resource for information on dharma and children.
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