Buddhist Understanding of Childhood Spirituality: The Buddha's Children (Paperback)

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In this book, Alexander von Gontard, a child psychiatrist, uses the language, thought and imagery of Buddhism to explore the spirituality of children.

The book begins by exploring the Buddha's own childhood and the 'divine child' in Buddhism, a key archetype in Jungian psychology. The author defines the spirituality and religiosity of children and adolescents and identifies manifestations of spirituality in children, such as experiences of awe and wonder, and favourable conditions for spirituality, such as silence, nature, extreme conditions and mindfulness. Drawing on his own experience working with children in therapeutic practice, von Gontard discusses the parallels between spontaneous spirituality seen in childhood and the Buddha's teachings.

Revealing how the spiritual insights and experiences of children and adolescents can uncover a deep and wise understanding of human life that is compatible with the Buddha's teachings, this book will be of particular interest to professionals and academics in psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, education and religious studies.

About the Author

Alexander von Gontard is a child psychiatrist and Chair and Director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the University Hospital of the Saarland in Homburg, Germany. He has published widely in German and English on subjects including the spirituality of children and sand play therapy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781785920387
ISBN-10: 1785920383
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication Date: July 21st, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English