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Buddha Purnima


 Buddha Purnima is the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s birth as well as a celebration of his enlightenment and death. Many countries observe Buddha’s birthday in different ways.

In South Asia it is mainly celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma and Bhutan. Buddhists remember the basic beliefs of Buddhism, read the Buddha Sutra and distribute kheer (rice pudding).

Here is our collection of books on Buddha that are sure to enlighten you!

Buddha Stories
Buddha Stories: This beautifully illustrated book in blue and gold recounts ten classic moral tales from the Buddha. A treasure to be passed on from generation to generation.
Buddhist Tales (3 in 1 series Amar Chitra Katha): This collection of stories in graphic novel format traces Prince Siddharth's transformation from pain to enlightenment, the story of Buddha and his compassion towards the dancer Amrapali and more tales. 
My Friend is Buddhist: A wonderful introduction to Buddhism and its beliefs from the perspective of a child. From learning about the Eightfold Path, Four Noble Truths, prayers, reincarnations, karma and meditation, this book is a must-read!
When the Buddha Was an Elephant: 32 Animal Wisdom Tales From the Jataka: These stories of Buddha’s past lives are powerfully depicted to help children learn about mistakes that all humans make, and ways to learn a more enlightened way of living.
Buddha at bedtime
Buddha at Bedtime: This modern retelling of ancient Buddhist tales gives parents a great way to guide their children’s moral compass in a non-preachy way. Teach your child Buddhist principles along the way!
The Barefoot Book of Buddhist Tales: An enthralling collection of Buddhist folktales from India, China, Japan and Tibet explores important aspects of Buddhist thought.
Thich Nhat Hanh: Buddhism in Action: Spiritual Biographies for Young Readers : This book written by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh teaches children about being brave, caring and happy in their lives.
In Search of the Thunder Dragon: The beauty and traditions of Bhutan wrapped in an adventure filled with dragons and unravelling the mysteries of the Buddha.

The Buddha's Apprentice at Bedtime: Tales of Compassion and Kindness for You to Read with Your Child: These tales from the Buddhist folk traditions cover life lessons and Buddha’s teachings to help children learn to find their own ways to deal with difficult situations with confidence.

This post was cross-posted at The Loud Library Lady

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  • Marjorie (MWD) on

    This looks a super resource – some known to me (I so love Demi’s book and ‘Thunder Dragon’) – others definitely to be sought out – especially (as I love elephants!) When the Buddha Was an Elephant, which I have read about elsewhere too, but still haven’t read…

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