Cover of Stories for Wisdom
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Shojo Honda; illustrated by Piotr Parda
As retold by Shojo Honda

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Six stories with a Buddhist message for young people.


Available only as a PDF downoad.

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

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.