November 1, 2014

Family Circle

Encountering the Spirit of Chan
A collection of resources for and by children and their families

There is often a disconnect between our Zen life and our family life.  That's when we need a bridge to connect the two.  Our Family Circle gives you the opportunity to involve your children in the creative arts: visual arts, poetry, stories, and activities. If you have read books to your children that you feel offer helpful "Zen" lessons, or if your children have read some they would like to share, we encourage book reviews from everyone.  

Poems

Life is a Dream

by Yao Feng

Published Jan 02, 2008

Life is a Dream

art and poetry by Rev. Yao Feng Shakya We are all flowers. When the butterfly landsWe let it.When the butterfly departsWe let it.We are a flower. Read more

Living Zen: An Introduction to Poetry for Kids

by Fa Liang

Published Oct 15, 2007

How do you feel today? What do you see around you? Do you notice anything different, new, or beautiful? Did you know that there is a way to paint a picture of the things you see and the ways you feel using words? One way to paint such a picture is... Read more

Daily presence / Daily presents

by Jonathan L., Age 13

Published Oct 09, 2007

  Dew drops on sweet gumglitter like a thousand jewels;Ev'ry morning's gift. - Jonathan L., Age 13       Read more

Recess time

by Josh L., Age 8

Published Oct 09, 2007

  When I climb a tree,I enter the squirrel's playground.He invites me in.       Read more

What's out there?

by Andrew L., Age 8

Published Oct 09, 2007

  If I sat outside,I would hear birds singing orleaves falling from trees.         Read more

Stories

The Story of the Wave

by Fa Liang

Published Feb 17, 2008

The Story of the Wave

Artwork by Andrew Lively Once upon a time, there was a little wave. The wave loved being a wave  going up and down and playing all day and night. The wave was surrounded by lots of other waves and it had fun watching them, too. Then one day, the little wave noticed... Read more

Bruno Dreams Ice Cream

by Zentails

Published Jan 20, 2008

Bruno Dreams Ice Cream

  Zen Tails: Bruno Dreams Ice Cream 1.81 MB Read more

Up and Down

by Zentails

Published Jan 20, 2008

Up and Down

Zen Tails: Up and Down2.18 MB Read more

No Presents Please

by Zentails

Published Jan 20, 2008

No Presents Please

  Zen Tails: No Presents Please1.88 MB Read more

Activities

The Awareness Game (Ideas for parents of young children)

by Fa Liang

Published Oct 17, 2007

Recently I took my boys outside for a walk. I told them that we'd be talking only about the things we saw, heard, felt, or experienced RIGHT THEN. We wouldn't be talking about other things, only about what was happening right in that moment. At first it was kind of... Read more