Dzogchen for Kids ✨
At Short Moments for Kids we give children their birthright of education in the nature of mind by making Dzogchen books for Kids. We are committed to making media that
- teaches children how to relax in mind to be happy and act with kindness and deep wisdom.
- speaks about what goes on in children’s minds
- ignites children's power to contribute beneficially with mind, speech, body, qualities and activities.
- confirms children are perfect as they are. Dzogchen is complete confirmation of natural perfection.
- confirms all thoughts and emotions are perfect as they are.
- gives kids the tools to relax and face every day stormy feelings with solution focus and empowerment leading to mastery.
Now what are these tools? and where do they come from?
The heroes of the books practice short moments to help them access ease, solutions and clear seeing when they encounter stormy feelings. The practice consists of relaxing in mind for short moments, open like the sky, again and again, until continuous. It is this introduction to the sky-like nature of mind which makes these books unique. Short moments is a practice of Dzogchen, a timeless wisdom practice.
Ben Pot, Leo, Lucy Diamond and Baby Skye show step by step how one can start to take short moments, one at a time, repeated again and again in the face of all kinds of situations, until we become open, stable, compassionate and wise decision-makers all of the time!
Illustrator: Celine Wright🎨
Celine is passionate about the nature of mind, and is one of Ziji Rinpoche's Dzogchen students since 2007 (http://shortmoments.com). She is in teacher training since 2018. She loves to use the talents empowered by her practice so the world's children can enjoy Short Moments of Strong Mind!
Celine studied Fine Arts (Post Grad) and Performing Arts (MA) and always dreamt to make art that makes people blossom 🌸.
Celine loves children and works with children since 1996, currently as a registered childminder in Bristol. She is trained in Montessori for 3-6 year olds, and teaches the nature of mind to children aged 0-13.
She is always responsive to what children need, to be able to relax in mind, and has come up with myriads of songs and stories passing on short moments to children over the years.
In 2015, she presented the children’s favourite illustrated lullabies and stories to Rinpoche who suggested to publish them! After many edits, and working closely with Rinpoche, this is how the Pearl Collection came about in 2018.
In 2019 and 2020, Rinpoche wrote the BeginningMind series in response to the children in their care. The Dzogchen texts are pure wisdom texts for children and adults of today. Celine worked on the illustrations and design alongside a team of designers.
Author: Ziji Rinpoche 🙏
The author of the BeginningMind Series and co-author of the Pearl Collection Ziji Rinpoche officially holds the Dzogchen Lineage as a Lineage successor of Venerable Wangdor Rimpoche.
Our lineage is called Dzogchen and it passed from Dudjom Rinpoche and Thuksey Rinpoche to Wangdor Rinpoche and then to my Rimpoche.
Each metaphor and key instruction originates from our Lineage’s teachings which were passed down from one teacher to another, like a chain of golden mountains. Therefore these books give a direct introduction to strong mind for the adults and children of today in a very powerful and precise way.
Ziji Rinpoche established the Short Moments online community for mutual support in gaining familiarity with the nature of mind.
Through the Short Moments app, anyone can access profound and powerful Dzogchen teachings.
Find out more on http://shortmoments.com
Wangdor Rimpoche asked Ziji Rinpoche to bring about the furtherance of Dzogchen for a contemporary global culture.
It is an honour to be able to bring these timeless wisdom teachings to a new generation of precious human beings!
Books in response to Children
How the Pearl Collection books came about. Celine writes: 'I always had a thirst for learning about a more empowering way to use the mind. When I discovered the practice of short moments in 2007, I couldn't believe I hadn't learnt this as a child. I found such immense benefits in resting for short moments: an ability to see clearly and make wise decisions. As I saw the same thirst for ease and stability in the children in my care, I shared about short moments with them. They immediately started to practice for themselves. It was warmly welcomed; finally there was something they could do when things didn't go their way!
The story books developed as a way to recount the children's experiences and breakthroughs to new children who were encountering similar challenges. Many sentences in the books come from children's reflections and insights when relaxing for short moments. Notably in Ben Pot and the Stormy Feelings 'I did it Claire, I relaxed and I didn't hurt my friends!'. The stories were immediately supportive. They provided a basis for normalisation of feelings, emotional literacy, reflection and introduced a new way to approach everyday challenges and stormy feelings.
I started illustrating the children's favourite stories and showed them the various stages of the books. We read them on a tablet and printed a few copies at home too. The children helped by advising on the heroes names, outfits, alliterations and they gave me a sense of how the story should best flow, and what is most engaging. It is very much their project too!
I then showed the books to Rinpoche who edited the texts and gave her guidance and blessing and our first books were born!'
How the BeginningMind books came about:
'The BeginningMind Books came about in 2019 in response to the children in our care. Rinpoche sent over texts to read to the children and make into books, and the children developed the books with us, by writing parts of them too. Notably 'Mind is invisible, it cannot be hurt of crushed' which is in the book 'Where is Mind?'.'