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The Complete Buddhism for Mothers

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Sarah Napthali takes us on a journey through the challenges (and the pleasures!) of raising children, using Buddhist teachings and principles to help her answer the eternal questions of mothers everywhere: Who am I now? Where am I going? And how can I do my best by my children and myself?
Paperback, 770 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Allen Unwin
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Sarah This book combines the following three books:
- Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children
- Buddhism for Mothers of…more
This book combines the following three books:
- Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children
- Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children: Becoming a Mindful Parent
- Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren: Finding calm in the chaos of the school years(less)
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Laura Hofmann
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite parenting book. My copy is well worn, it's so full of peaceful philosophies on parenting at different ages. To be clear, my reality in the trenches with three children is not always as peaceful, though this book grounds, resets, and reminds me of the goals I have as a parent and for our family. I am not Buddhist and this book does not demand that one be, to benefit. ...more
Sara Shepherd
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
I have finished the first book, it was wonderful. One to come back to again and again, whenever stressed or tired.
Jo Simpson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned-books
First book was brilliant. Second book somewhat repetitive without useful guidance. Third book so far so good.
Rebekah Hall
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read for Mothers of all ages
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a thick book -- It combines Napthali's three Buddhist mama books, hence the complete part. I'm still in the middle of the first book. It slows up my day, it makes me think, breathe, notice, reflect. I'm not a Buddhist formally, but that's fine. I'm learning. One thing I'd say, not having to do with the text itself, is that the book is kind of unwieldy because of the size. If I had to do it over again, I might have bought them separately, cost savings be damned. Unless you're reading this ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This trilogy has been with me since my first child was born. Reading her books, as years go by, has been such a comfort and a source of peace. I have given it to many mamas as a gift, I've re-read the first installment twice and am looking forward to re-reading the last installment as my second heads to school in a few years. ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lovely read. I'm not a Buddhist, but that's the point of Buddhism really, you don't have to BE anything. It's a book that teaches mental calmness in the ever challenging world of raising little people. ...more
Katelyn Steven
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is HUGE. 3 books in one, actually. I've never actually finished it, because I've spent so much time reading and rereading the same parts. My copy is well marked, and well-loved. I learn something new every time I sit down with it. Highly recommend. ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Buddhism is such a single male religion. These books are the first I read that applies Buddhism to my life.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great intro to Buddhist practice. I think anyone, regardless of their religion, would benefit from the calm wisdom in this book. Each day I would read a few pages and feel at peace. Great great book!
I cannot call myself a Buddhist, but I found this book extremely helpful when I needed grounding during the first few years of motherhood.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All three books are great to return to time and time again.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful collection of three books with practical advice, based on Buddha's teachings, that everyone will find useful. ...more
I didn't read this book straight through but use it more as a reference. It has been an invaluable resource and one I will constantly be in the process of reading. ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great reminder that nothing lasts forever...therefore, seize the moment and enjoy my little ones on good and bad days and embrace things as they are.
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Sarah Napthali is a mother of two young boys who tries to apply Buddhist teachings in her daily life. Her working life has ranged from teaching English as a Second Language and corporate training, to human rights activism and interpreting. Since becoming a mother she has focussed on writing, initially for companies and later for individuals wanting to record their memoirs. With seven memoirs compl ...more

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