Wow, it’s been a good 15 years since I first read this book as a school assignment. One thing about Siddhartha’s story that stood out this time around, but probably not the first was his experience with losing his son. The learning to let go just like he had made his father let go was touching and a slightly painful realization personally. I would recommend this book to anyone who is either rebelling against or seeking a religious way…so basically everyone.
This was a very good book. I think all parents and educators should read it. If not to follow it’s lessons precisely, at least to get a feel for the idea of increasing mindfulness in our children and our teaching. Do not let the idea that it is based in Buddhism fool you into thinking that any other religious person could not benefit from it. I have found that most Buddhist teachings I have read firmly believe that no one should convert to Buddhism, but they feel that some of their practices could be adapted to many other religious groups and also to secular groups such as the standard school classroom and therefore respectfully share their ideas. Here in the US we are so hurried all the time and never disconnect. It would do us all a great deal of good to stop and follow our breath more often. It would also do us some good to look at things from more than one perspective and gain understanding of our fellow humans on this earth.
An excellent explanation of the idea of God to children for parents with open minds. My son and I really enjoyed it. It may seem like it’s geared towards younger children since it’s a picture book, but I found it to be appropriate for my 9 year old still. Sometimes big concepts need space to allow for our own thinking.
After years of claiming that we should buy a stuffed animal net for my son’s overflowing collection of stufties, I decided I would make one. I found this pattern online and used some basic red acrylic. Less than 24 hours later, a very reduced collection of my son’s stufties are nestled safe and sound above his bed.
That night, much to our dismay, we realized that the excitement was too much for him. He stayed up all night dressing his beloved monkey (who did not fit in his net) and then awoke early in the morning to take pictures and movies (complete with shots of the clock to be sure we knew just when he did this).
I wish I could post one of the movies (maybe I will figure this out later). Despite our anger at his misadventures, the movies are so cute and my husband and I delighted in the surprise of them when we uploaded the contents of our memory card. The first movie is of his pet gerbil Nerdzy and he narrates it, which is just so adorable. He’s a little filmmaker 🙂