You don’t have to be a Christian, or a Catholic, or a Buddhist, or a Mormon, or an atheist, or a ….to agree with the author of this post. What is it that we really want our children to learn?
Here’s the scenario: My son belongs to a Buddhist children’s group, for which I volunteer from time to time. Just recently, the entire sangha (or community) celebrated Buddha’s Birthday. The ceremony occurs in the Spring, so it incorporates themes similar to Easter, such as new life, hope, and joy. The kids take part in the first part of ceremony before heading outside for some fun activities.
This year, running with the theme of Spring, we held an egg hunt on the grounds of the Zen center. However, we try avoiding the competitive aspects of tradition egg hunts. I bet many of us (with Christian backgrounds) have been there before as kids: our bodies quaking with anticipation at the start line, baskets in hand, waiting for the signal to…
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