Discovering the dharma in “Frog and Toad”

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Through the 70’s, Arnold Lobel wrote and illustrated four extraordinary collections of children’s stories about Frog—practical, a problem-solver, eternally patient—and his best friend Toad, who is ruled by his reactions to his surroundings: he wants this, he fears that. Frog never comments on Toad’s behavior, he takes gentle action. More often than not, a story ends not with [...]

“Charlotte” models mindful breathing for kids

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Above, click through a slideshow of the lovely artwork from Parallax Press’s forthcoming children’s book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, which comes out on August 11. As its publishers write, the book "shows how a child learns and practices mindful breathing on her own and experiences the beauty of silence." Be sure to look for "Metta with Children" — a teaching on [...]

6 great Buddhist books for kids

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Buddhadharma editor Tynette Deveaux has son who, over the years, has enjoyed many great bedtime stories. The two of them have put together quite a collection of Buddhist children's books. Here are Tynette's top picks of the past decade, along with their publisher's descriptions of the books, and links. (These books are best suited for children aged 4 to 8.)   Moody Cow [...]

Making the Buddha’s Perfections Our Own

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An exclusive excerpt from the new book, Life Is Spiritual Practice: Achieving Happiness with the 10 Perfections, by Jean Smith. As a young child, I loved to play with something called “magic seeds.” I’d drop them into a glass of water, and they would suddenly swell into huge and exotic paper flowers, filling me with wonder and joy. I sometimes wish that heart characteristics [...]

11 Buddhist book covers that went pop!

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From Milton Glaser to the very prolific "Uncredited"--a select visual history from the 1950s-1970s. An uncredited designer matches bold, semi-exotic type and a candid Tibetan Buddhist ceremony shot for an illustrated cloth edition of Heinrich Harrer's to-be-famous book. Seven Years in Tibet documents Harrer's escape from a British internment camp, and the resulting [...]

Remembering “Irish Zen Saint” Maura O’Halloran


Maura O'Halloran was a young Irish-American woman who took to Zen practice (and how!), as famously recounted in her journals, posthumously published as the book Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind: The Life and Letters of an Irish Zen Saint. (O'Halloran was killed in an accident and her novel, of course, never finished. But you can read "Annie Mirror Heart," part of that [...]

Buddhism A-Z: 10 Buddhist books everyone should have

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10 dharma books everyone should have, as selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun. From our March 2015 DIY Dharma issue.   After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield (Bantam, 2000) According to Jack Kornfield, enlightenment does exist and is even pretty common. The rub is that after achieving it, day-to-day tasks and troubles still await you. This is a [...]

9 surprising facts about Henry Miller’s affinity for Buddhism

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As someone who spent far too much time hiding in my college’s library, devouring the stories, plays, and letters of Henry Miller, I am flabbergasted now to learn of the depth of Miller’s appreciation of and preoccupation with Buddhism. (Perhaps, given my age, I was focused more then with the more prurient aspects of his work. As Erica Jong once put it, using somewhat faint [...]

Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale


Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale is the story of a little girl who lives with her family in the kingdom of Shambhala. The days start growing shorter and shorter, and people become afraid that they'll lose the sun forever. Iliana sets off alone to find it, and along her journey, she meets magical friends and ends up learning more than she ever imagined. Written by Walter [...]

May the Force — and Luke Skywalker’s wisdom — “Awaken” with you

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The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just been released (watch it here), and to celebrate, we're sharing an excerpt from Matthew Bortolin's book, The Dharma of Star Wars. In the book, Bortolin, an ordainee of Thich Nhat Hanh, sorts through the films' spiritual themes and applies Buddhist teachings to George Lucas' epics. Bortolin writes in the book: "In Star [...]