[PDF Only] A resource for Temples with children's classes or a wonderful find for parents looking for wholesome moral stories, Stories for Wisdom by Shojo Honda represents a lifetime of introducing young people to valuable wisdom.
"[H]earing good stories benefits one's character," Honda writes in his Foreword. "... [The stories] are drawn from classical tales in Asia and folk stories of various countries. I have revised them in order to make them easier to understand."
This volume of stories remained popular and sold out its print run. However we are able to continue its legacy in this PDF download form.
This beloved collection of stories, suitable for children, comes straight from the experience of the author from his work in teaching young people at the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Virginia. Each story is beautifully illustrated by watercolor artist Pitor Parda.
The book is a great resource for Temples with Dharma School programs for young children. The books can be read to younger children, and older children can read the stories on their own or to others.
Here is an example of one of the illustrations, here from "The Pearl," page 24.
Table of Contents
The Hungry Donkey 1
Knowledge and Wisdom 5
How Much More Is “Enough”? 9
An Unhappy Tsar and a Happy Farmer 14
The Hindu God 19
The Pearl 23
Web Editor's Note: Here is a sample of one of Piotr Parda's lovely illustrations, taken from "The Hungry Donkey" on page 3.
The volume includes nine of Parda's illustrations in all.
Other Credits: The cover illustration is by the author, adapted from a mural painting in a cave in Kizil, China, circa 6th to 7th century CE, Book design by Carol Tornatore.