As a Buddhist Mum, I've been looking for a book like this for quite some time. This book is essentially a collection of practical mantras (much like tAs a Buddhist Mum, I've been looking for a book like this for quite some time. This book is essentially a collection of practical mantras (much like the use of slogans with lo-jong teachings) but for Mums! This book is a joint project written by two Mums who not only have a background in Buddhism but working with difficult youths and psychology. What I loved about this book was that it was set up in such a way that you could easily pick it up, read a few pages and set it down when inevitably you got interrupted by your children. The authors had a great sense of humour and weren't afraid to be honest about their shortcomings and insights into motherhood; in short, they were down-to-earth and I found them very easy to relate to. I know this is a book I'll come to again and again throughout my mothering, especially when I'm in desperate need of a "pick-me-up". Definitely a great gift for a fellow Mum, even if they're not Buddhist!...more
I loved this book by Victor Chan, just as I loved its predecessor, The Wisdom of Forgiveness. Victor Chan not only captures so much of His Holiness' pI loved this book by Victor Chan, just as I loved its predecessor, The Wisdom of Forgiveness. Victor Chan not only captures so much of His Holiness' precious teachings but most importantly, the dedication in which His Holiness goes about his daily life. It's delivered in a manner that is humble, honest and sincere. I truly felt close to His Holiness as I read every page. It's an inspiration and a pleasure to get a glimpse into His Holiness' interaction with others. I also enjoyed discovering the projects and ventures of great many other leaders in this book as so often, these positive projects aren't highlighted by the daily media. It's important to be reminded of the good in our world manifesting not just in His Holiness and Buddhists but from other cultures, religions and from our generation. Thank you for showing us so much of His Holiness, Victor Chan, and inspiring the blaze of compassion in us all. ...more
I'm always a big fan of Pema Chodron because of the relaxed and open way in which she delivers her teachings. It's always the right medicine when I caI'm always a big fan of Pema Chodron because of the relaxed and open way in which she delivers her teachings. It's always the right medicine when I can only fit in small pockets of Dharma due to the lay commitments of a Mother. In this book, you'll find a great little teaching on the 'spirit' of the Three Commitments; that is the Pratimoksha vows, Bodhisattva vows and Tantric vows. If you're looking for a detailed discussion of explanation of the specific vows, you won't find that in this teaching. What you will get instead is an overview of the three types of vows and the attitude behind each vow. My favourite part of this book where the 'mini meditation instructions'. They are just right for a busy Mum with an active little toddler! Enjoy....more
What an excellent book for Mothers of toddlers & pre-school children. I truly enjoyed this follow-up to Sarah Napthali's first book, Buddhism forWhat an excellent book for Mothers of toddlers & pre-school children. I truly enjoyed this follow-up to Sarah Napthali's first book, Buddhism for Mothers. Not only was it well written and easy-to-read (which is absolutely essential when you're constantly interrupted by the needs of a young Bub/toddler) but Sarah also included lots of invaluable resources like the mention of Nonviolent Communication, Zen Writing, Zen Drawing and various practical ways to incorporate mindfulness in a busy parent's day.
I found the journal insights into other Mothers' experiences & reflections really supportive, as so often I've gone through similar experiences myself. It was heartening to read that other Buddhist Mothers have similar struggles and came out the other side. Actually, there are so many useful tidbits in this book that I truly think it has something to offer everyone. Very glad I set aside the time to read this....more
This was an excellent read and the collection of short essays / stories suited the sometimes unpredictable and crazy rhythm of Buddhist parenting perfThis was an excellent read and the collection of short essays / stories suited the sometimes unpredictable and crazy rhythm of Buddhist parenting perfectly. I loved the variety contained within the pages. There were views and experiences from parents of different buddhist traditions, even views from children who'd been exposed to Buddhism and so many practical ideas for incorporating mindfulness into our children's lives. It was refreshing to read the challenges that were faced by other parents and reassuring to hear that all involved survived mindfully. Our Buddhist Mothers group has already benefitted from some of the simple ideas suggested in this book, for example, the mindfulness song by Thich Nhat Hahn. Perfect for our toddlers and young children! I would definitely recommend this read to other Buddhist Mums & Dads....more
When it comes to Patience, who better to share this important insight than His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama? I quite enjoyed His Holiness' commentaryWhen it comes to Patience, who better to share this important insight than His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama? I quite enjoyed His Holiness' commentary on the Patience chapter of the much-loved Buddhist text, Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. If you're new to Buddhism or not yet familiar with the basic Buddhist teachers, this can make for a bit of a heavy read as there are quite a few technical terms introduced. However, even if you're NOT a Buddhist, this book has a lot to offer in terms of how to think differently inorder to diffuse your anger. The Question & Answer sections are also a refreshing breather and help to break up the commentary so you can better absorb what's been discussed. I also really enjoyed the guided meditative reflections to help us bring the practice to life, rather than just leaving it at intellectual discussion. Definitely a great read for fans of Shantideva & His Holiness....more
There are so many Baby Books out there about parenting styles, baby's sleep, what So-and-So thinks about your baby that in the end, it's tempting to aThere are so many Baby Books out there about parenting styles, baby's sleep, what So-and-So thinks about your baby that in the end, it's tempting to avoid baby books altogether!! What's refreshing different about The Wonder Weeks is that it doesn't tell you HOW to raise your baby. It simply provides a little guide as to why your baby is changing and gently reminds you that "It's all going to be okay".
I loved reading about the developmental changings and it was such a rewarding experience to see those changes coming to life in my little boy. The speed at which babies grow and develop is astounding and it still boogles my mind how much they have to learn in their first year.
It was good to know approximately when the fussy periods for my son might arrive and to give myself permission to take it easy during those weeks. In the book, there are lovely excerpts from other Mums' experiences and I really enjoyed reading these maternal snippets. The suggested games to help your little one through developmental leaps also reminded me to be creative and have fun with my little one.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this to any first time Mum, especially if she doesn't have a huge support network and just needs some tools to keep her sane....more
This is an ideal read if you're a Mum-to-be or a Mum with a young baby in desperate need of mindfulness to help you keep grounded. I picked up this boThis is an ideal read if you're a Mum-to-be or a Mum with a young baby in desperate need of mindfulness to help you keep grounded. I picked up this book when my own baby was 4 months old. I was desperately sick of baby sleep books and expert-opinions. What I really needed were simply some tools to help me navigate the ups-and-downs (and the unexpected!) of being a first time Mum.
I found the book very well structured and quite easy to read (essential when you're sleep deprived!). It offers a lovely introduction and explanation of mindfulness to beginners or a nice "refresher" for those already familiar to mindfulness. If you're not Buddhist or don't belong to any religious affiliation, then this is the right book for you as it is presented in a warm manner for a neutral reader.
The third section of this was definitely my favourite, as it offered simple exercises to work with your emotions during the care of a young baby. These exercises were easy-to-do and inspiring when your tank has run out after a long day (okay, maybe even weeks & months!). It was definitely worth the time to read and I recommend it whole-heartedly. ...more
This was by far, one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. It was a real pleasure to follow the very varied biographies of these amaziThis was by far, one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. It was a real pleasure to follow the very varied biographies of these amazing female practioners and actually, quite inspiring given that I'm currently a young Mum trying to squeeze in Buddhist practice while raising a young child.
Each of the twelve biographies were written very well and quite easy to read. What I really treasured was the varied backgrounds and personalities of the twelve female teachers. So often, we read about these teachers or take teachings from them, but don't realise the personal challenges that some of them have overcome. It was very encouraging to read that some of this great teachers came from circumstances similiar to any other person and look at what they've managed to achieve. It brought me closer to each one of these women and I appreciate more than ever, their candid and resourceful teachings.
What I also enjoyed was the insight into what it's like to be a consort (Sangyum) to high Lamas both from a traditional Tibetan perspective and a Western perspective. Not much is often spoken about this role and yet it is often hinted at when you read various Tibetan Buddhist material. Dakini Power helped to dispel a lot of "myths" or misconceptions about this very important role and bring things down to earth. I have a new appreciation for what a Sangyum does and I think this book will help future students to better understand the difference between a true Sangyum relationship and abuse of Guru-student sexual misconduct.
Well doen to Michaela Haas for opening the doors of discussion about this and for her wonderful selection of female practioners to interview. I truly hope there might be a sequel one day, as sentient beings are in dire need of more Dakinis and highly realised female practioners as role models....more
I was very drawn to this book as I myself am currently a first time Mum, trying to balance Buddhism with raising a baby. And while I quite liked the fI was very drawn to this book as I myself am currently a first time Mum, trying to balance Buddhism with raising a baby. And while I quite liked the format of the book (being journal form), I thought this more suited to a blog than a book. It read like a whimsical recollection, lacking the depth & story-telling one might expect from a novel. It was an enjoyable read but probably not a book I would recommend immediately....more