Project

The idea of creating this project came on a trip to India in 2014. The following year "Little Buda" was already a dream come true. In 2015 one of the best schools in Portugal, accepted the challenge to be the pilot school. It passed a year and the results go far beyond what we had expected.

The project consists in bringing meditation into the classroom. Through a very simple meditation exercise students become calmer, more attentive in class and with better results. The project is intended for all students from the 3rd year. Our team teaches the teachers of the schools so that they can do meditation with students every day.








Mission

That all the schools can teach meditation to their students. We don’t want meditation as an extra-curricular activity but as a daily practice so that we can provide all children a natural and holistic growth. Let us save education, let us save the children, let us save the planet.


Vision

Create evolution in the educational system so that everyone can grow in a healthy and natural way and we can all live in a peaceful world!


Challenge


Nowadays one of the major problem’s of students is lack of concentration . As a result, some end up feeling anxiety, frustration and low self-esteem, which often lead to medication. Part of this anxiety is due to the accelerated pace of life imposed on them, the immense load of matter, reviews, home-works, high workload and the over-stimulation of the digital age.

This is where our project comes in. We cannont eliminate the external elements of stress, but we will teach the students a holistic and natural technique that will allow them to have a better management of their intellect and emotions.

By practicing the "Quiet Time" , the name we gave to the meditation technique in class , students eliminate the anxiety of the moment . They are quieter and more focused, more empathetic with each other and in relation to the teacher, which leads to an increase of personal satisfaction , productivity and awareness.

"Meditation NOT medication."






Studies


“The recent meta-reviwed of the impact of meditation in schools combined the results from 15 studies and almost 1800 students from Australia, Canada, India, the UK, the US and Taiwan. The research showed meditation is beneficial in most cases and led to three broad outcomes for students: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic skills.” The Huffington Post


More than 400,000 children in the US are benefiting from the program MindUp (meditation in schools). www.thehawnfoundation.org




“I'm glad to know that my son's school joined the program "Little Buda", we all gain from it.“

A child's father

"Before evaluations, students ask me to do with them the “Quiet Time”, they have need to relax and concentrate . It's very good!"

Teacher of the year 5

"I have a very good feeling when I do meditation , because I feel more relaxed and I can rest."

Student of the year 4



Partners



Colégio O parque

Lisboa

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Associação de Jardins Escolas João de Deus

Lisboa

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Oeiras International School

Oeiras

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Externato Champagnat

Lisboa

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Associação dos Antigos Alunos Salesianos do Estoril

Lisboa

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Município de Coruche

Coruche

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Colegio Internacional de Vilamoura

Quarteira

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Founder




Tomás Mello Breyner

www.tomasmellobreyner.com

Tomás Mello Breyner was born in Portugal on 15 December 1988. His life changed when he moved to New York and dedicated himself completely to the study and practice of Yoga. Since then Tomás has traveled the world in search of knowledge about the art of living. It is in India where he spends more time, and that's where near great teachers he learns yoga and meditation. Today he is certified by Yoga Alliance with 500 hours of training and has its own yoga studio in Comporta, Portugal. Tomás is a dreamer, adventurous and passionate about life. For him every day should be lived as if it were the last. It was these characteristics that led him to create the project "Little Buda".

"I believe that if we want to change the world we have to do it with the children , they are the future. It is with them who I like to work and every time I look a child in the eyes I see the whole world in front of me.”

Tomás Mello Breyner

The Book




“Little Buda” is a book written by Tomás de Mello Breyner and edited by Penguim Random House/Arena, launched on September 8th 2016. In this book Tomás tells us how important is to teach mindfulness/meditation to kids nowadays. It starts to explain who he is and how he started the Little Buda project which the main idea is to apply meditation in schools. After he explains very well what meditation is, in the most basic aspects, and further goes into the specific meditation for kids. With many explanations and exercises the reader can understand very well how to practice them. His intention with the book is to expand consciousness mainly for parents, schools, and educative systems. You can get your book online in FNAC or any other Portuguese book store. We hope you enjoy it!








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