The Buddha's Apprentice at Bedtime: Tales of Compassion and Kindness for You to Read with Your Child - to Delight and Inspire

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Practising Buddhist and master storyteller Dharmachari Nagaraja weaves a thrilling narrative spell while at the same time conveying basic life lessons that will help children to develop their personality, deal with their anxieties, and find peace and confidence as they grow up. The stories explore themes from the Eightfold Path, which is Buddhism's practical route to a happy life. Topics covered, with the lightest of touches, include speaking in a kind and truthful manner, behaving with compassion, thinking ...
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The Buddha's Apprentice at Bedtime: Tales of Compassion and Kindness for You to Read with Your Child - to Delight and Inspire

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Overview

Practising Buddhist and master storyteller Dharmachari Nagaraja weaves a thrilling narrative spell while at the same time conveying basic life lessons that will help children to develop their personality, deal with their anxieties, and find peace and confidence as they grow up. The stories explore themes from the Eightfold Path, which is Buddhism's practical route to a happy life. Topics covered, with the lightest of touches, include speaking in a kind and truthful manner, behaving with compassion, thinking selflessly and avoiding the pitfalls of egotism. Although providing gentle guidance on the art of living well, which is the basis of true happiness, each story is also compelling in its own right, featuring characters, settings and events that every child will find absorbing. Each narrative concludes with an affirmation that helps to draw out its positive message, while the superb, specially commissioned illustrations will delight your child and provide a starting-point for discussion and further enjoyment.

The helpful introduction provides insights into the value of Buddhist principles for children and shows how visualisation, imaginative thinking and even first steps in meditation can help to nurture young minds and hearts.

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What better way to start off a good night's sleep than with a nugget of ancient wisdom? Scottish Buddhist monk Nagaraja presents a collection of 18 bedtime stories based on the Jakata Tales, folk tales featuring earlier incarnations of the Buddha. Each urges readers to "[r]elax, close your eyes, and imagineā€¦" a specific scene or animal or person. This standard opening is followed by, "Do you want to know what happened? Then listen closely." Each of the three-to-five-page tales is capped by a moral tied to a step on the Eightfold Noble Path, Buddha's directives for overcoming suffering. A girl learns compassion when she's magically made to feel the pain of a rabbit she's injured. The tiny denizens of a desert willow learn their talents are important when they fend off larger animals by working together. The morals are succinct and instructive, but the tales are uneven; a few may inspire more questions about the bizarre actions of the characters than about the intended lessons. Meditation instructions appear at the close, along with a helpful index to issues and values from the tales. Brief explanations of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path and guidance on the book's use round out the package, which is illustrated with big-eyed, bright, happy-looking animals and people. It fills a niche for Buddhist families, but it's not really for the uninitiated. (Short stories. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780285146
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 197,310
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dharmachari Nagaraja has been a practising Buddhist since 1988 and was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1993. He is an experienced broadcaster. Now living in Glasgow, he works as a psychotherapist. He is the author of Buddha at Bedtime (Watkins).
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