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The Sweeper - A Buddhist Tale with Rebecca Hazell

Sunday, November 19, 2017
11:30am to 1:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Join award-winning children's author and Buddhist teacher Rebecca Hazell for a children's storytime (for kids 5-10 and adults alike) launch of her new Shambhala Publications book The Sweeper: A Buddhist Tale.

Inspired by Buddhist tradition, this original story tells how Padme, a young servant girl, meets the Buddha as she is sweeping her master’s house. When she laments that she is so busy that she would never have time to meditate, the Buddha gives her the instruction to “sweep and clean.” This simple mindfulness practice transforms Padme’s life, and when she encounters the Buddha many years later, he teaches her how to send compassion out to others. This beautifully illustrated picture book is a wonderful way to introduce children to the power of mindfulness meditation practice.

Rebecca Hazell is an award-winning artist, author, and educator. She has published four nonfiction childrens books and created best-selling educational filmstrips and educational craft kits for children. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and she holds an honors BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history. Her latest book, The Sweeper, is published by Shambhala Publications.

But then the Buddha offered some very good news. He said that even though everything and everyone would always be changing, and we would sometimes suffer, meditation would train our minds to see, accept, and live the truth. He then taught everyone how to meditate, to follow the breath, and be aware of the body. He said to do this daily. Padme sighed. She would like to try this meditation so she could be cheerful, too, but she knew she would never have time.

The Sweeper: A Buddhist Tale, page 11