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Many of today’s children face challenges and obstacles far beyond what their parents ever imagined. These 20 thoroughly modern retellings of ancient Buddhist tales give parents a fun, low-pressure way to impart wisdom and moral guidance without preaching. Each story highlights a moral or ethical dilemma that echoes those that children face in their own lives, providing insight and enlightenment that they can use to defuse trying situations. At the conclusion of each story, applicable Buddhist principles are discussed. Featuring engaging characters, enthralling adventures, and modern language that speaks to today’s kids, these beautifully illustrated stories can help children relieve stress, attain greater academic and social achievement, and enjoy a more positive outlook on life. [144 pages] (Click here to view the Amazom.com page)
PDF(1,495 KB) Who's the Boss Gambhiro Bhikkhu (Illustrated)
Who do you think the boss of the Body is? Well the heart thinks HE is. But is he? The other organs certainly don't agree. Find out how each one of them tried to convince the others, and you, why they are the boss. This is a great story about the nature of the body, with Illustrations by Joel Israel. [36 pages]
PDF(2,454 KB) In the Dead of Night Gambhiro Bhikkhu (Illustrated)
"I had been driving all day on a long, lonely, dusty road. Night had already fallen when I decided to rest. I still had a long way to go and I felt very tired." This book deals with people's fear and emotions with some scary, but humorous illustrations by Joel Israel. [42 pages]
PDF(2,766 KB) Dhammapada Stories Gambhiro Bhikkhu (Illustrated)
Selected verses from the Dhammapada, all depicted with thirty two beautiful illustrations. This collection is a great introduction to the Dhammapada and has been carefully compiled and edited for the younger reader by Gambhiro Bhikkhu. [126 pages]
PDF(792 KB) An Upside Down World Gambhiro Bhikkhu (Illustrated)
Find out how the sad upside down world of four unhappy wanderers go the right side up again in this wonderful illustrated story book. Suitable for younger children, it includes some fun activities to do as you read along. This book has both colour and black & white Illustrations. [30 pages]
PDF(1,490 KB) The One-Who-Saw Gambhiro Bhikkhu (Illustrated)
"There once was a happy land where the inhabitants lived a happy and harmonious life. They were kind to one another and their ways were simple. Their wants were few..." An illustrated Buddhist story about the "One Who Saw" combines Buddhist themes into a children's book. [42 pages]
PDF(1,881 KB) Rahula Leads the Way S Dhammika & Susan Harmer (Illustrated)
The Adventures of Leo: a delightful Buddhist story that describes the adventures the little boy Leo has when he meets the young monk Rahula. Thanks to Rahula's monk's training and good sense, Leo learns how to be the best little boy possible.
Fifty stories from the Jataka Tales - Prince Goodspeaker. Interpreted by Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Maha Thera and told by Todd Anderson. The Jataka stories, over millennia, have been seminal to the development of many civilisations, the cultivation of moral conduct and good behaviour, the growth of a rich and varied literature in diverse parts of the world and the inspiration for paintings, sculpture and architecture of enduring aesthetic value. The Buddha himself used Jataka stories to explain concepts like karma and rebirth and to emphasize the importance of moral values.
This is an illustrated version of Buddhist Tales for Young and Old (volume 1), with line drawings by John Patterson, which are suitable for colouring in.
This is the second volume of fifty stories from the Jataka Tales - Buddhist Tales for Young and Old, interpreted by Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Maha Thera and told by Todd Anderson. These stories are not scholarly word-for-word translations as have been done by others. Rather these tales have been rewritten in modern English understandable by western readers. By reading these stories, children and adults can develop their knowledge and learn how to face the difficulties of modern life.
This is the illustrated version of Buddhist Tales for Young and Old (volume 2), with line drawings by John Patterson, which are suitable for colouring in.
PDF(80 KB) Seeding the Heart Gregory Kramer.
This is a guide for teaching loving-kindness meditation to children. To learn about the radiating of loving-kindness to all beings with children, we have to tap into the store of knowledge accumulated by lay people and parents. It must be knowledge which has grown out of years of living and loving with children and young adults. Gregory Kramer, father of three boys, shows us here with subtle but precise adjustments in the standard practice of loving-kindness meditation he was able to anchor it in the lives of his children.
PDF(431 KB) Guided Meditation for Primary Students BuddhaNet's Buddhist Studies for Schools.
This is a series of guided meditations with instruction for teachers for primary school students. This file is from BuddhaNet's Buddhist Studies for Primary Students section. The text includes seven guided meditations for students, with detailed instructions for teachers.
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