Eastern Philosophy Curriculum by Ingrid Klass

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During the eighth through the third centuries BCE, changing social and political environments led many philosophers in different places across Asia and Europe to engage in intense and extraordinary questioning of established institutions and beliefs. The result was a great shifting of ideas about reality, ethics, the individual, and society. Plato, Aristotle, the Buddha, Zoroaster, Confucius, and many other philosophers all lived during this intellectually vibrant and exciting period. In many cases, these philosophers engaged in lively debates with one another, and several of the ensuing philosophies developed into major world religions. 

Eastern philosophies may feel foreign to many Westerners, but the books in the Royal Fireworks Eastern philosophy curriculum bring clarity to these concepts and make them accessible to readers, from preteens to adults. With an emphasis on unity, harmony, mindfulness, nonviolence, and virtue, the foundations of Eastern philosophy can instill mindsets and values that will help carry readers through the sometimes-challenging twists and turns of life with serenity and perspective. 

For younger readers, see Ingrid Klass's illustrated novel The Day the Thought Bubbles Got in the Way.

During the eighth through the third centuries BCE, changing social and political environments led many philosophers in different places across Asia and Europe to engage in intense and extraordinary questioning of established institutions and beliefs. The result was a great shifting of ideas about reality, ethics, the individual, and society. Plato, Aristotle, the Buddha, Zoroaster, Confucius, and many other philosophers all lived during this intellectually vibrant and exciting period. In many cases, these philosophers engaged in lively debates with one another, and several of the ensuing philosophies developed into major world religions.

Eastern philosophies may feel foreign to many Westerners, but the books in the Royal Fireworks Eastern philosophy curriculum bring clarity to these concepts and make them accessible to readers, from preteens to adults. With an emphasis on unity, harmony, mindfulness, nonviolence, and virtue, the foundations of Eastern philosophy can instill mindsets and values that will help carry readers through the sometimes-challenging twists and turns of life with serenity and perspective. 

For younger readers, see Ingrid Klass's illustrated novel The Day the Thought Bubbles Got in the Way.

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The Circle of Happiness

Author: Klass, Ingrid; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-670-4

Order code: 6704

Price: $20.00
Website price: $17.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $12.50 each.
Order code: 6704S

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Mae is spending a day at the park with her family, which is fun...until it's not. She becomes bored and irritated by her annoying little brother and the pesky mosquitoes that abound. She believes that if only she were somewhere else, she could be happy. When a monkey appears and leads her through a circle in the air into another world, Mae is excited to begin an adventure that will help her to find happiness. Almost immediately she regrets her decision—the new world is hot and sticky and has even more mosquitoes. Now she thinks she would be happier back home. Mae's adventure takes a series of unexpected twists as she meets an array of colorful characters, all of whom teach her valuable lessons about what it is that will truly make her happy—no matter where she is.

This book introduces preteens and teens to the fundamentals of Eastern philosophy in a fun and engaging way. The storyline, centered on the problem of how to find happiness, will draw them in and help them find connection with the concepts. The lessons they learn as they follow Mae on her journey will stay with them for a lifetime.

"With wit, wisdom, and considerable humor, The Circle of Happiness takes its readers on a long and eye-opening journey. The terrain isn’t easy, but Ingrid Klass shows herself to be a very capable guide, offering her readers at every turn a new opportunity to think not only about, but also with, the insights of various Asian philosophical traditions. By the end of their journey, Mae’s fellow travelers are likely to find themselves thinking in new and surprising ways about who they are, where they have been, and where they are headed. Wearing its considerable erudition lightly and always engaging, this is a wonderful book." – Richard Nance, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University

Mae is spending a day at the park with her family, which is fun...until it's not. She becomes bored and irritated by her annoying little brother and the pesky mosquitoes that abound. She believes that if only she were somewhere else, she could be happy. When a monkey appears and leads her through a circle in the air into another world, Mae is excited to begin an adventure that will help her to find happiness. Almost immediately she regrets her decision—the new world is hot and sticky and has even more mosquitoes. Now she thinks she would be happier back home. Mae's adventure takes a series of unexpected twists as she meets an array of colorful characters, all of whom teach her valuable lessons about what it is that will truly make her happy—no matter where she is.

This book introduces middle and high school students to the fundamentals of Eastern philosophy in a fun and engaging way. The storyline, centered on the problem of how to find happiness, will draw them in and help them find connection with the concepts. The lessons they learn as they follow Mae on her journey will stay with them for a lifetime.

"With wit, wisdom, and considerable humor, The Circle of Happiness takes its readers on a long and eye-opening journey. The terrain isn’t easy, but Ingrid Klass shows herself to be a very capable guide, offering her readers at every turn a new opportunity to think not only about, but also with, the insights of various Asian philosophical traditions. By the end of their journey, Mae’s fellow travelers are likely to find themselves thinking in new and surprising ways about who they are, where they have been, and where they are headed. Wearing its considerable erudition lightly and always engaging, this is a wonderful book." – Richard Nance, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University

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The Circle of Happiness Travel Guide

Author: Klass, Ingrid

Subjects: Philosophy

ISBN: 978-0-89824-671-1

Order code: 6711

Price: $22.50
Website price: $17.50

Also an iBook from iTunes

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The Travel Guide follows Mae's adventures in the accompanying novel and explains the foundations of what she is learning. The characters that Mae meets are representational of several important Eastern philosophical figures, including the Buddha, Mahavira, Charvaka, Goshala, Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Upanishadic philosophers. This guidebook provides in-depth discussions about their lives, the historical context of the time period in which they lived, and their philosophies on what it means to be happy—and what it takes to get that way. It also includes discussion questions for each chapter that will have young thinkers pondering important questions about what happiness means to them. This is a good introduction for preteens and teens to the fundamentals of Eastern philosophy in the context of the question of how to find happiness.

The Travel Guide follows Mae's adventures in the accompanying novel and explains the foundations of what she is learning. The characters that Mae meets are representational of several important Eastern philosophical figures, including the Buddha, Mahavira, Charvaka, Goshala, Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Upanishadic philosophers. This guidebook provides in-depth discussions about their lives, the historical context of the time period in which they lived, and their philosophies on what it means to be happy—and what it takes to get that way. It also includes discussion questions for each chapter that will have young thinkers pondering important questions about what happiness means to them. This is a good introduction for preteens and teens to the fundamentals of Eastern philosophy in the context of the question of how to find happiness.

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The Circle of Happiness Travel Guide Sample Pages:

The Circle of Happiness Set

Author: Klass, Ingrid

Subjects: Philosophy

Order code: 6711S

Price: $42.50
Website price: $30.00

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This set includes the novel and the accompanying guidebook.

This set includes the novel and the accompanying guidebook.

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