Dharma Heroes: A Weekly Program for Introducing Dharma to Children
January 11, 2023
This document helps parents and educators introduce children to a selection of Dharma Heroes—people who followed in the footsteps of the Buddha—though a series of assemblies or weekly gatherings. Through oral storytelling and inquiry, children explore what is meaningful and relevant about these life stories. Each assembly follows an easily modified pattern with several other elements, including songs, tea, mudras, mindfulness, and more.
Interview: “The Sacred Work of Sandra Cisneros”
August 17, 2022
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.
Teaching History and Symbolism in Kuan Yin: The Princess Who Became the Goddess of Compassion
May 10, 2021
This key provides references with links to study the history depicted in Kuan Yin: The Princess Who Became the Goddess of Compassion.
9 Books about the Life of the Buddha
April 28, 2020
Middle Way Education reviews 9 English-language books about the life of the Buddha.
Review of Old Path White Clouds
May 30, 2018
A review Thich Nhat Hanh's classic text, great for parents, educators, and students alike.
Why Do We Need a New Model of Education?
May 11, 2018
Kristin Lhatso and Noa Jones briefly summarize why a new model of Buddhist education for children is necessary. They articulate much of what Middle Way Education aims to achieve, and why.
Take a Harvard Buddhism Course Online for Free
March 8, 2018
"Buddhism Through Its Scriptures" is a 4-week course offered by Harvard University and edX, and is open to all.
International Dunhuang Project’s Buddhism Education Pack
February 28, 2018
This 9-part worksheet set from the International Dunhuang Project introduces basic Buddhist concepts and history to the classroom using source material from the British Library and other institutions.
About the Jataka Tales
January 18, 2018
The ninth worksheet of a 9-part Buddhism Education Pack, drawing in the history of The Silk Road to teach about Buddhist history and culture. This worksheet introduces the Jataka Tales and recounts the Ruru Jataka, or the Tale of the Deer of Nine Colours. It includes cave paintings of the tale from a cave at Dunhuang.
Bodhisattvas and Avalokiteshvara
January 18, 2018
The eighth worksheet of a 9-part Buddhism Education Pack, drawing in the history of The Silk Road to teach about Buddhist history and culture. This worksheet explains the history of Avalokiteshvara and the principle of bodhisattvas.