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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935209809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935209805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English. His previous books for children include, A Pebble for Your Pocket, The Coconut Monk and The Hermit and the Well. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.”
Wietske Vriezen was born in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. She met Thich Nhat Hanh during a retreat in Holland in 2000 and was touched deeply by the practice. Since then, she has illustrated a number of books based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh most recently Mindful Movements and A Basket of Plums. She lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where she works as a psychologist with gifted children.

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If you are practicing with a group of children, this is an invaluable book, and parents sharing mindfulness with just their own children will benefit as well.
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It comes with a really nice music CD that the kids love to listen too.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 2, 2011
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This book is a beautiful, practical, and extremely helpful book that anyone interested in introducing children to mindfulness and related practices will greatly appreciate. It was written by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen monk and teacher, and author of many well-known books, including Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. The book evolved out of his work with children at Plum Village Community, a Buddhist center in Southern France that he co-founded. The book encompasses the work of himself and many of his colleagues at Plum Village, including nuns and monks in-residence, as well as educators and parents that have attended retreats at the center focused on children.

Written for both parents and educators, each chapter of Planting Seeds begins with an overview of a topic, including mindful breathing, meditation, compassion, nature, suffering, healing, age, and death. After the overview, each chapter includes stories, sample activities, and guided meditations that adults can use to explore these themes with children. Many chapters include personal stories from educators and parents that work at Plum Village, or that attended retreats there and then strove to integrate what they learned in their work. They describe their personal experiences - including challenges - introducing children to these activities, in both home and school environments.

Although the themes are all grounded in Buddhism, they are introduced in a way that is non-religious, and so could be used to introduce children of any background to mindfulness.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on August 2, 2011
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I work in pediatric psychiatry and have found this book to be very helpful. As an author, Thich Nhat Hanh is engaging, knowledgeable and easy to follow. This book was no exception. I think this is a wonderful book for anyone who wants tips on teaching mindfulness to children. I think it is important to note, however, that some of the exercises are quite Easternized. For Example, there is one snack activity where the children bow to each other. I don't know that I would utilize that part of the activity, but could easily adapt it for my patients. There is also discussion about not killing mosquitos, so certainly one must be willing to take what they want from the book and make modifications as necessary. Overall, this is an excellent book. Thich Naht Hanh, once again, has done a terrific job with what could be a complicated subject.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Christine on April 28, 2011
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Love this book -- it has so many great ideas of how to teach mindfulness to children (and for adults too). I am using it for my toddler and preschooler and they love the special time we spend learning from it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tara Nicholson on April 20, 2012
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In this book I found constructive discussions and activities that I can share with my 5 year old and 3 year old about spirituality. This is written by a Zen Buddhist, and there are Buddhist references, but so much of the activities are non-denominational. Like, holding your finger under your nose to learn to describe what an in and an out breath feel like (awareness). Or a "prayer" for dinner time talking about appreciation of the source of food, to take only what you can eat. Or an activity to sew a little bag (my 3 year old could do this, and I made myself a bag), and collect pebbles for the pebble meditation. There's also a CD where I've pulled a couple songs onto our "kid play list" and sing along on a regular basis. I challenged myself to be my children's spiritual teacher, while kindergarden will be his achademic teachers, and this book has been an excellent reference!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By artur elias on June 6, 2012
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As a father of 2 kids (age 5 and 6), and a practical student of meditation in the Zen tradition, I've been wondering quite some time about what could be done to lead children in the path of mindfulness and compassion without boring or even harming them in the process.

It's a delicate matter.

I am immensely glad to see that this matter have already been adressed - by Thich Nhat Hanh and his community - and after begining to read the book I feel inspired and grateful.

I feel this book is the closest possible thing to being in a retreat and learning with actual people.

It is well written, it feels lively, it's inspiring, and it's even beautiful to look at - many nice ilustrations.

I have tried the very first of the suggested mindfulness practices, with 6 kids at one time. We all enjoyed it very much.

My daugher's comment to our very first try:

"I loved this! I wish it would never end!"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Heather Gray on April 25, 2013
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I have one child. He has a mood disorder and I want to help him with mindfulness to ease his anger and depression. But, while I found this book helpful, I think it's better suited at a classroom or group. That's actually what it's written for. Definitely well-written and lots of great techniques. It will be helpful, just not what I was hoping for, personally.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ribeiro on September 16, 2011
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I am not a Buddhist, but struggle with how to raise happy, self-motivated children in this weirdo world. This is a wonderful book offering specific examples of how to do just that! I love the simple instructions by Thay, and his peaceful nature really shines through in the book. Alot of the book pertains to teachers, and we plan on giving it as a gift to all our teachers this year. My kids love the CD, and we play it in the car on the way to school. I hear them humming the songs and it makes me smile! An overall great value in itself, not to mention the benefit of the future happiness of my boys! HIGHLY recommended for everyone with children.
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