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Children's LiteratureIn Buddhism the concept of a sacred text is far different than in other mainstream religions. Buddhists rarely study their religious texts in the manner of Moslems, Christians, or Jews. Rather, the four hundred million Buddhists who live across the globe generally rely upon the interpreted teachings of Buddha and his spiritual apostles for their spiritual sustenance. One reason for this reality is that the Tipitaka, which is the textual under-girding for Theravada Buddhism, was originally written in Pali Sanskrit. However, translations of all or part of the words of Buddha continue to exert a deeply felt influence upon the Buddhists of the world. In The Tipitaka and Buddhism writer Anita Ganeri provides readers a fine introduction not only to this text but also to Buddhists beliefs in general. In Buddhism, as Ganeri points out in this excellent chapter in the "Sacred Texts" series, life is presented as a sequence of immutable changes. Buddhists believe that enlightenment comes from progressively overcoming attachment to the material ball and chain of daily existence. Through realizing that our entire material world is ephemeral, each life form can move on to a higher plane of being. Through meditation, compassion, selflessness, and focus, Buddhists believe that life can both be made more humane and present-oriented. These deep values are presented by the author of this illustrated work in a way that will help younger readers to become meaningfully introduced to one of the oldest religious faiths still practiced in our world. 2004, Smart Apple Media, Ages 10 to 14.
— Greg M. Romaneck