Lojong Slogan #36: Don’t act with a twist
A short video of a student explaining what this mind-training slogan by Atisha means to him.
Hosting tea parties is a fun way to engage children in the practice of serving and being served. This role-playing activity does require quite a bit of preparation and a minimum of 2 teachers/guides.
Lojong Slogan #20: Of the two witnesses…
A short video of a fourth grader explaining what this mind-training slogan by Atisha means to him.
Lojong Slogan #32: Don’t Wait in Ambush
A short video of a sixth grader explaining what this mind-training slogan by Atisha means to her.
Book review: Discovering Buddhism
A clearly written and comprehensive introduction to the history, philosophy and culture of Buddhism, written by Dominique Side. Side’s book is an excellent resource for teachers, parents and teens interested in Buddhism. Originally written as a high school textbook for the British school system, it is easy to navigate and provides thought-provoking questions.
Lojong Slogan #28: “Abandon any hope of fruition”
A short video of a 5th grader explaining what this mind-training slogan by Atisha means. An example for what's possible when students are teachers.
The Three Ways Of Listening
This simple lesson about the three ways of listening, based upon the classic "Three Defects of the Pot" teaching can be adapted for students of many ages as a playful way of exploring the connections between attitude and learning.
Secular Buddhism Podcast with Noah Rasheta
An accessible podcast series with 30-40 minute episodes that cover some of Buddhism's most basic tenets from a Zen Buddhist practitioner who is familiar with other traditions. Great for beginners and also seasoned practitioners. MWS often recommends this podcast for curious parents who enroll at the school with limited understanding of Buddhism.
Creating and Using Joy Jars with Children
Joy jars are a fun and effective way to bring awareness to moments that light children up and practice gratitude. This resource includes all the hows and whys, including science based research, prompts, materials to use, and other reflections.
Interview: “The Sacred Work of Sandra Cisneros”
Angélica Paljor wrote this interview with Sandra Cisneros published in August, 2022 on Lion’s Roar entitled, “The Sacred Work of Sandra Cisneros.” The author speaks candidly about her own struggles, and how writing has been a practice that has helped transform them. An essential ingredient in Buddhist education is seeing how others integrate their view and practice into their work, art, and lives. Cisneros' example is vital as students work on developing their own voice, and considering how their view and self-expression are inextricable.