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A Pebble for Your Pocket

Combining the stories and meditation practices from the previous edition of A Pebble for your Pocket with those collected in Under the Rose Apple Tree and several new stories, this completely revised edition is comprised of Buddhist parables and stories from the author’s own childhood experiences. They elucidate principles of Buddhism and mindfulness practice, giving young readers and their parents concrete advise on handling difficult emotions like anger. Written in a highly accessible style that doesn’t rely on lot of jargon or difficult vocabulary, this collection emphasizes the importance of the present moment through vivid metaphors, original allegories, and colorful stories. Young readers learn about handling anger, living in the present moment, and “interbeing” — the interconnectedness of all things. Thich Nhat Hanh offers various practices that children can do on their own or with others that will help them to transform anger and unhappiness and reconnect to the wonders of nature and the joy of living in the present moment.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Plum Blossom Books; Revised Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935209450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935209454

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Children / Buddhism“A Pebble for Your Pocket is a gem from a true spiritual master.”
—Parenting with Spirit magazineUsing colorful stories and vivid metaphors, Thich Nhat Hanh presents the basic teachings of mindfulness in a way that can be easily understood by young people. Young readers will learn about handling anger, living in the present moment, and “interbeing”—the interconnectedness of all things. This revised edition contains teachings and stories that the whole family can enjoy, as well as practices such as transforming anger in the family, instructions on how to invite the bell, breathing and sitting meditation, and finding the Buddha inside every one of us.

THICH NHAT HANH is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk whose lifelong efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He lives in southwest France and travels regularly, leading retreats on the art of mindful living. He is the author of Being Peace, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and many books for children.

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. He has been a professor at Columbia and the Sorbonne; founder of Saigon’s Van Hanh Buddhist University; nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for 1967 Nobel Peace Prize; author of 100+ books, 40 in English, including Present Moment, Wonderful Moment and Being Peace. He lives atPlum Village in France. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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