When the Buddha Was an Elephant: 32 Animal Wisdom Tales from the JakataASIAN ART MUSEUM
A treasury of traditional Buddhist tales illustrated with gorgeous original artwork.
The Buddhist Jataka tales are simple lessons in living with honesty, wisdom, and compassion that contain the power to transform the hearts and minds of those who hear them. These stories of the Buddha’s past lives — in such forms as a boar, a parrot, a monkey, or a peacock — have enchanted children and adults for millennia. Their animal characters powerfully and sometimes humorously demonstrate the virtues and foibles to which we humans are prone, and they point the way to more enlightened ways of living.
Mark McGinnis retells the tales from the Jakata in poetic and accessible language, rendering their Buddhist teachings abundantly clear. Each tale is brought to life by full-color illustrations.
- Author and Illustrator: Mark W. McGinnis
- Published 2015
- 96 pages, hardcover
- 9 1/3 X 7 1/2 inches