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The Sweeper, A Buddhist Tale

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Writing a dharma story for children

by Becky Hazell

Writing about dharma for children can be tricky. The story can’t be too simplistic or moralistic because it won’t engage a child, but you also want to offer something meaningful. I remember a sweet book someone gave us when I was pregnant with my first child, called something like Growing Up Buddhist. It was so well intended but so preachy that I couldn’t get through it myself, much less expect to read it to my child.

So when I wrote The Sweeper, A Buddhist Tale, I kept my audience clearly in mind, along with Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s take on what literature is about: “To instruct and entertain.” I’ve written award-winning nonfiction books for young readers based on Shambhala principles before, but this is my first fictional story for children. It’s based on a famous anecdote about the Buddha giving meditation-in-action instruction to someone who would never find time to do sitting meditation. Some say the story is about a monk, but that made no sense to me; why become a monk if you never ever get to meditate? Other versions say the Buddha gave the instruction to a woman servant, which made more sense to me. So I wove a story around a busy servant girl who dreams of greatness. Who was she, and what was her life like before and after his instruction? Continue…

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Eyes of the Heart – HIGHLIGHT

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Nothing Happens and We Notice It – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted March 21, 2014 by

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The Path of Flowers – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted March 15, 2014 by

Lungta: Finalists in the Windhorse Poetry Competition – HIGHLIGHT

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