The Story of Buddha

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The story of Buddha’s life is timeless and is as relevant today as it was 2,500 years ago when Buddha was alive.  Illustrated in full color, The Story of Buddha depicts major events from Buddha's life that demonstrate how we also can develop kindness and compassion within ourselves. In this way we can eventually fulfill our own wishes as well as the wishes of all our friends. Few can fail to be inspired by this powerful story.

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Overview

The story of Buddha’s life is timeless and is as relevant today as it was 2,500 years ago when Buddha was alive.  Illustrated in full color, The Story of Buddha depicts major events from Buddha's life that demonstrate how we also can develop kindness and compassion within ourselves. In this way we can eventually fulfill our own wishes as well as the wishes of all our friends. Few can fail to be inspired by this powerful story.

This is the second book in the Buddhism for Children series. The Buddhism for Children series invites children to make a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement to help them realize their full potential.  The series aims to show how everyone, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, can learn something from the teachings of Buddha. The Buddhism for Children series consists of 4 levels ranging from ages 4 to 10 and over.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the second book in the Buddhism for Children series, Kelsang Gyatso retells the story of the Buddha’s enlightenment. The author—a Tibetan-born lama and founder of a worldwide network of Buddhist centers—brings distinguished credentials to the task. His version of Buddha’s enlightenment, however, differs somewhat from the familiar story: for example, the Prince Siddhartha starts his quest to end suffering with a mind that is “completely pure,” motivated by a vision of “all the Buddhas of the ten directions.” While the book is aimed at school-age children, they may not understand or benefit from such phrases as “space-like concentration” and “mistaken appearance of all phenomena.” The stylized pictures are static and repetitive, many of them with murky brownish backgrounds, set opposite white pages containing stark black text, some of it long and discursive. This esoteric retelling of Buddhism’s central story contains little for young children; adults who want to communicate the most accessible aspects of this tradition, such as cultivating patience, generosity, kindness, and calm, should look elsewhere. Ages 7–10. (July)
From the Publisher
"Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a highly respected meditation master and scholar of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.” –Spirituality & Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616060220
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications
  • Publication date: 7/31/2013
  • Series: Buddhism for Children Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,096,555
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, or Geshe-la as he is affectionately known by his students, is a world-renowned Buddhist meditation master who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society.
Through his personal example and his public teachings and writings he demonstrates how everyone, whether Buddhist or non-Buddhist, can learn to become wiser and more compassionate by following the advice of Buddha.

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The prince immediately went to his parents and told them,

"I wish to go to a peaceful place in the forest where I can train in deep meditation and quickly attain full enlightenment.  Once I have attained enlightenment  I will give happiness to all living beings and epecially to you. So now I am requesting your permission to leave the palace."

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