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Stories for Wisdom – PDF ONLY


A short collection of six stories retold by Shojo Honda and illustrated with the charming paintings of Piotr Parda.  Teaching through story telling is a universal technique, and while these stories offer Buddhist lessons, they are drawn from multicultural and multireligious sources.  The stories present people who find themselves facing certain challenges that are resolved with sudden and surprising endings.

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This is 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.”

Enlivened with beautiful full-color illustrations (see below).

This volume remained popular from its publication in 2013 and eventually sold out. We are able to continue its legacy in this PDF download form, first made available in 2017.

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. Cover image by the author and book design by Carol Tornatore.

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.

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Additional information

Dimensions6 × 4.5 × 0.25 in
Publishing Date2013
AuthorShojo Honda; illustrated by Piotr Parda
TranslatorAs retold by Shojo Honda