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Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers Paperback – May 11, 2011
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-- Prof. Michael L. Tebbe, University of Cincinnati
"This book is a gift for students and teachers alike on the spiritual path. Highly recommended."
-- Larry Payne Ph.D., Co-Author, Yoga for Dummies, Yoga Rx and The Business of Teaching Yoga
"A practical interweaving of daily life with lessons from the Buddha. Donna Quesada writes with an ease that breeds familiarity from the first page."
-- Darren Littlejohn, author of the 12-Step Buddhist
"A gentle tonic of Eastern wisdom to calm the modern teacher - ageless insights to restore the compassion and equanimity in the heart of every educator."
-- Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen and Hand Wash Cold
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I teach mental health practice in a school of social work and have for years taught "mindfulness practice" as part of the interviewing course I teach. I bring this up because the author advocates a mindful awareness in her writing that promotes better teaching. I include it to ensure for students better interviewing. She begins her book with a suggestion that teachers could practice mindfulness on the way to class and thus be in a better frame of thought before giving lecture. "When I do this," says the author, "I always end up truly enjoying (the) class." She speaks also to the issue of feeling bored and being boring, suggesting that we slip into mindfulness when we aren't aware of the present moment. She states, "Just as there are a hundred ways to get bored, there are also a hundred ways to get interested."
Donna Quesada uses numerous examples from the classroom to make her points about energizing yourself as a teacher. These examples and subsequent ways of practice are the larger part of the book. The format is to cite one example from life and then the second part of the chapter addresses applications to Buddhist practice.Read more ›
And gosh-darn-it if this book didn't just blow me away! This is not just for the spiritual followers of Zen Buddhism. There is something for everyone in this little gem. It is a quick read full of insightful stories from the classroom. The chapters are brief, always beginning with a fun anecdote from Quesada's own teaching experience at Santa Monica College, with a cohesive lesson of zen to cap off each chapter and tie together the book so beautifully.
Speaking on a more personal note now, I think there are lessons to be learned for every individual in this book. In my own life, I deal with quite a bit of anxiety (Type A personality might be a bit of an understatement), and this book provides coping mechanisms to help not only the teacher and the student, but the everyday person too, as all of us can benefit by putting an extra thought or two into our actions most of the time. I think the tendency among our modern academia and clinicians to over-diagnose and provide quick solutions marks a dangerous shift.Read more ›
The basic values spoken about in this book are inspirational and can be applied to anyone from all walks of life. If we all would take just one of the many important values from this book and practice it in our everyday living, this world would be a much better place.
I loved it and recommend this book to everyone.
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I couldn't stop listening to this CD, as I am a very stressful person and I am able to relax and mediate peacefully to this CD. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered it because my grand daughter wrote it!! But when I read it, I really loved it. So, yes, I would recommend it to anyone!!Published on February 22, 2014 by DD Gainor-Pinkis
This is not just a book for teachers, but also for anyone needing some life wisdom to conquer your days more fruitfully. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Brian H.
While have the opportunity of being one of Prof. Quesada's students, reading Buddha In The Classroom was more than just reading a assigned textbook in order to fulfill class... Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Nikki
"duck butter and hogwash" proclaimed the Englishman. This book is pseudo-intellectual crypto-Humanism, nothing more. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by VeritasluxMea
Finally a easy to read book that addresses the day to day struggles all teachers have. It doesn't matter if you teach kindergarten or college level, the advice in the book is... Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Anita Mitra
I have to say it is the greatest book I have ever read in English. It's easy to read and easy to understand. It's not just about teachers. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Hongying
I enjoy reading this book, and it helps me a lot to achieve my inner peace in mind. Donna Quesada really knows about her buddha philosophy, and makes the philosophy easy to... Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by YX ZHU