Buddhism Readings for Educators
- Armstrong, Karen, Buddha
- Gethin, Rupert, The Foundation of Buddhism
- Keown, Damien, Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction
- Michie, David, Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in a Hurried World
- Mitchell, Donald, Introducing the Buddhist Experience
- Tenzin, Chogel, The Life of the Buddha
- The Dalai Lama, An Introduction to Buddhism
- The Pluralism Project at Harvard University webpage, Introduction to Buddhism
- Yetunde, Pamela Ayo and Cheryl A. Giles, eds. Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism can Teach us about Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom
Buddhism Readings for the Classroom
Below are two short religious literacy text sets sorted by grades K-2 and 3-5 for Buddhism. Please note that teachers should read and review texts before using them in the classroom to ensure alignment with curricular goals.
Bullard, Lisa, and Holli Conger. My Religion, Your Religion. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press, 2015. This book provides a multi-perspective story on four major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism.
Coombs, Kate, and Anna Emilia Laitinen. Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2017. This book showcases mindfulness poems for young readers.
Ware, Marisa Aragon. Where’s Buddha? New York, NY: Bala Kids, 2019. This text demonstrates the perspective that Buddha can be found everywhere.
Ajmera, Maya, Magda Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon. Faith. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2009. Photographs document how children around the world celebrate their faith traditions.
Bortzer, Etan, and Robbie Marantz. What Is God? Willowdale, ON: Firefly Juvenile, 2002. This text provides a comparative introduction in text and colorful pictures to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and their sacred texts.
Buller, Laura. A Faith Like Mine: A Celebration of the World’s Religions – Seen through the Eyes of Children. London, England: DK Publication, 2006. A comprehensive informational text provides plenty of pictures that detail the major and even some of the world’s more minor faith traditions.
George, Charles. What Makes Me a Buddhist? Farmington Mills, MI: Kidhaven Press, 2005. This text discusses the origins, beliefs, praxis, and celebrations of Buddhist faith tradition.
Glossop, Jennifer, and John Mantha. The Kids Book of World Religions. Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2013. An informative text details the major faith traditions of the world.
Marsico, Katie. Buddhism. Ann Arbor, MI: Cherry Lake Publishing, 2017. This text, which is part of the Global Citizens: World Religions series, describes Buddhism through text and pictures.
Osborne, Mary Pope. One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship. New York, NY: Knopf, 1996. A non-fiction story uses photographs to detail seven major faith traditions today.
Saiwai, Tetsu. The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography. New York, NY, 2008. This excellent manga biography of the Dalai Lama provides insight into Tibetan/Chinese politics.
Wills, Anna, and Nora Tomm. Who Believes What? Exploring the World’s Major Religions. Toronto, ON: Owlkids Books, 2018.
Videos on Buddhism for the Classroom
HDS: Buddhism in Brief
What is Buddhism?
Who was the Buddha?
Harvard Divinity School: Case Studies on Buddhism
- Pollution and Waste in Thailand
- The Ordination of Nuns in Sri Lanka
- Buddhism in Japanese-American Internment Camps
- Conflict in Myanmar
- Mindfulness in Silicon Valley