Journeys For Our Time: The Buddha & Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mezzanine_225.jpg.resize.380x212WGBY  recently rebroadcast The Buddha, the PBS documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin with narration by Richard Gere, which you can now watch online. The story of The Buddha is a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors as well as insights by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Preview.

We’ve also found a host of classroom resources for you.  Searching “Buddha” at PBS LearningMedia, you’ll find classroom resources that include the life and teachings of the Buddha with Teacher’s Guide, 19 videos and interactive timeline adapted from Grubin’s documentary.  Addtional PBS education resources  to accompany the series include  a long list of lesson plans and other tools .  Resources for K-12 from The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society include a helpful database of programs and organizations working in K-12 education.  You can also visit Garrison’s Contemplative Education Program Database and download A Guide for Teachers which, among many other resources, provides a working definition of mindfulness, an overview of the scientific rationale for offering mindfulness to children and adolescents and a review of the professional and personal benefits of practicing mindfulness.

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