Ziji by Yongey Minghur
Children will love learning the calming power of meditation alongside Ziji, a playful puppy.
Ziji is a noisy, bouncy puppy who lives with the Anderson family: Mom, Dad, Jenny, and Baby Jack. He loves to bark and play and—most of all—chase pigeons in the park. Then one day, Ziji sees a new boy from Jenny’s school, Nico, sitting in the park. What is Nico doing? Why does he look so calm and happy? Ziji can’t wait to find out.
This book, written by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, one of the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters, will teach your child the basics of meditation in a fun and engaging way. Included after the story is a guide for parents and teachers with more information on what meditation is and how it can be helpful as well as suggestions on how children can continue to practice meditation on their own.
A really inspiring and unique book, written by a Tibetan meditation master, Yongey Mingyur who uses the transformation of a dog called Ziji to teach children the art of meditation.
Ziji starts out as a hyperactive dog with ruffled up fur who lives in a chaotic family environment. His favourite thing is to bark and scare off the pigeons in the park. One day he meets a boy called Nico who appears to be sitting quietly doing nothing. Over time Nico teaches Zijii how meditation calms the brain and eventually Zijii becomes a calmer dog who doesn’t chase pigeons anymore.
The beautiful illustrations show Zijii’s progress from a scruffy hyperactive pup to one who is happy, smiling and with smooth fur. Nico explains how frightened the pigeons are by Ziji’s barking and how he should consider how his actions hurt others. Zijiis mum goes to the park to learn how to meditate too.
At the back of the book, there is a section for teachers and parents which informs them of the benefit of meditation and how the reactions of Ziji can be used to reinforce the message that calmness brings happiness.., I can’t praise this book enough, it is non religious and will be a source of inspiration to a new generation.book was kindly sent to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Published 24 October 2017