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Youth

The Dharma of Star Wars
Matthew Bortolin

The Dharma of Star Wars uses George Lucas'' beloved modern saga and the universal discoveries of the Buddha to illuminate each other in playful and unexpectedly rewarding ways. Bortolin even reveals satisfying depths to the second trilogy of movies-the ones that met with what can understatedly be called a less-than-warm critical reception. The Dharma of Star Wars gives you an inspiring and totally new take on this timeless saga, from A New Hope all the way up to 2005''s Revenge of the Sith. Great fun for any Star Wars fan. Imagine The Power of Myth... with lightsabers!

Stop the Pain: Meditations for Teens
Dale Bick Carlson Carlson and Carol Nicklaus

Carlson, author of several notable nonfiction books for teens, begins this guide with a section on self-awareness, followed by information on meditation techniques. The last section concentrates on particular areas of life that can be the root of upset, confusion, unwise decisions, or suffering. Related quotes from famous persons of wisdom are included throughout and usually help to get the points across. The author includes a directory of places to learn meditation.

Just Say Om!: Your Life's Journey
Soren Gordhamer

 

Peaceful Piggy Meditation
Kerry Lee Maclean (Albert Whitman & Co. - 2004)

Peaceful pigs demonstrate the many benefits of meditation.

Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens
Franz Metcalf

A guide for navigating the teen years, Buddha in Your Backpack is for young people who want to learn more about Buddhism or for those who simply want to understand what's going on inside themselves and in the world around them. Buddha in Your Backpack tells Buddha's life story in a fashion teens will relate to, describing Buddha as a young rebel not satisfied with the answers of his elders. It then introduces Buddha's core teachings with chapters like "All About Me" and "Been There, Why'd I Do That?" The author presents thoughtful and spiritual insights on school, dating, hanging out, jobs, and other issues of special interest to teens — inviting readers to look inside themselves for answers.

The Coconut Monk
Thich Nhat Hanh, Rachel Neumann, and Mai Vo-Dinh

In a war-torn world filled with images of violence, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offers young readers reassurance and a reminder that peace can be found through empathy. Based on a talk given directly to children, this timely book uses the image of a cat and a mouse and their smiling friend the Coconut Monk as metaphors for overcoming seemingly unconquerable divides of nature, nation, and belief. Teaching equanimity, compassion, and perseverance, the book includes full-color oil paintings by Vietnamese-American painter Vo-Dinh Mai that further enhance the author's message.

A Pebble for Your Pocket
Thich Nhat Hanh

Through vivid metaphors, original allegories, and colorful stories, young people 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. Beautiful illustrations are featured.