New Video from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Dear Friends,
Funny story!
In order to celebrate today’s global launch of the Blue Lion album – Buddhist songs for every child, I prepared this short video from a clip which Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche sent to the creators of the book Little Hero.
A few days ago, I put it on YouTube for my global collaborators to check. I didn’t really expect anybody else would notice, so I failed to make it private at first. After a couple of days, I noticed that it was suddenly getting plenty of views, so it looks like I leaked my own video by mistake! 
So, you may well have seen it by now even though this was supposed to be the premier. I watched it dozens of times while I was editing and it still stayed so fresh and fun.
Thank you so much Rinpoche!

https://youtu.be/taGrzo0KGvs

Artists Unite!
Following up on Rinpoche’s suggestion, a group of students have created a modern children’s book named Little Hero, which delivers Shantideva’s timeless messages in catchy, child-friendly verse along with colourful and entrancing illustrations. Thanks to a generous grant from Khyentse Foundation, this delightful volume is available in English, Spanish, French, Polish, German, Italian and Russian!
Click here for more details.

FYI the Blue Lion album (Buddhist songs for every child) is now live! You can hear it on Spotify and all the usual channels or better still click here to get your copy now and you can name your own price!
thanks so much to you all for your ongoing support. 
Simon Thomas
www.dharmakidscollective.com
www.simonthomasmusic.com
Dharma Kids Collective is a hub for artists, musicians, writers and film makers who create high quality content for children influenced by Buddhist wisdom.

Newly Published – Blue Lion Songbook

New Year and New Opportunities

Optimism is in the air as we enter a new era. Many of us see 2020 as a pivot point, an opportunity to do things better, and a time to ensure that the next generation will inherit a world that is just as beautiful and nurturing as the one we grew up in. But what steps can we take to make that happen?

 

Educating The Heart

The Blue Lion project is one practical approach to giving our children new tools gleaned from ancient Buddhist wisdom, which will be available to them for life. The Blue Lion preschool opened it’s doors in November and the album will be released in February. In a flurry of year’s end activity, we managed to get the Blue Lion songbook off to the printer just before Christmas!

Not Just Pretty Ditties

mockup-of-a-wide-open-squared-book-33638-12-1024x699

 

Each song on the Blue Lion album was created in close consultation with educator, author and Buddhist practitioner Heather Sanche to fulfill an essential niche in the child’s development and to pass on essential advice from the perspective of Buddhist wisdom. For example, we are now living in times of change from which we cannot truly insulate our children. The song Changing Every Day talks about how things are always changing, incorporating the story of the transition from caterpillar to butterfly.

Alicja’s Magic

mealtime-and-all-beauty

Illustrator author Alicja Zmigrodzka has been the driving force behind the creation of the Blue Lion songbook. As a songwriter, it was a joy to see my own music inspiring such creative abundance. I think that Alicja managed to capture the essence of the songs and represent it in her own enchanting style. 

Songwriter Simon Thomas explores the Blue Lion songbook on Christmas day with Olivia Saxton

cp38-1024x684