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I Once Was a Monkey: Stories Buddha Told Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 24 user ratings
ISBN:0374335486
LANGUAGE:English

" We use this in our homeschool, it is a great book. " said.

" Good supplemental reading for learning about Buddhism--definitely longish without extraordinary illustrations. " said.

" This is a nicely told and illustrated collection of six Jatakas, stories about the previous lives of Buddha in human and animal form. We read this picture book to complement our ancient India history lessons about Buddha and Buddhism. " said.

"I really liked how there were stories within stories within stories. . .and that you could read each chapter individually for the story it contained, or you could read the whole book front to back for a bigger broader story able to add greater context to any of the individual parts within the whole.

Another huge plus this book has to offer is story-lines that include faulted-characters. No character is good or bad, smart or dumb. . .they all display aspects of many traits and are incredibly relat'able. Perhaps the crocodile seems sinister and cruel-hearted, but the monkey set in contrast to him can also be seen as rude and selfish with the intention to exploit his fellow critter's weaknesses. All the stories come down to logic, and being mindful to do your best at the disadvantage of no other creature. All the stories convey a message of patience, persistence, peacefulness, and intellect.

Aside from the obvious re-incarnation references made in the book, this book is entirely religion-neutral. The book does not preach Buddhist 'truths' or insist upon the adoption of any particular doctrine. The book's messages come from morals and logic that could be found in any spiritual or religious text, or simply in a moral, logical, or philosophical context devoid of any religious influence entirely.
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" A story about the lessons of Buddha and a great way to introduce kids to Buddhism. " said.

" A kid friendly introduction to Buddhism and its principles. My daughter liked the animals in the stores, while I found them to be a good conversation starter for us to discuss issues like greed, fear, and empathy. " said.

" We use this in our homeschool, it is a great book. " said.

" Good supplemental reading for learning about Buddhism--definitely longish without extraordinary illustrations. " said.

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