In this world that finds itself ever more divided along lines of race, gender, politics, religion, etc, it is important for those of us who can, to put into this world the effort needed to heal the rifts perpetually highlighted in news, social media and even in our own community and religious organizations.
This idea is really at the core of the Dharma Carols initiative. World leaders like Bishop Tutu, His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, are all advocates of advancing dialog between religious traditions and communities and finding not just the areas of similarity, but also finding ways to celebrate and rejoice in each others differences, and to share in the happiness of others as they explore their unique method of interacting with the divine.
I am releasing a new section for this website. The overview of the effort can be read in the lessons tab above. The basic idea is that every two weeks or so while this project lasts I will release a new lesson plan designed to help parents or caregivers use the songs in this cycle as teaching aids.
These are the same lesson plans that I myself will be using with my own children, and hope that by publishing them here others will be able to benefit from them. Feel free to use these plans as is, or simply to use them to help generate ideas for your own interactions.
I would love to hear any comments or suggestions for additional ideas. Feel free to leave comments below.