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Lions Roar : January 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2012 80 best to hold a lottery to deter- mine which deer will be killed each day. This works sadly but smoothly until one day a pregnant doe is selected to die. The compassion and bravery that the Banyan deer demon- strates in the face of this is truly remarkable, with wide-reaching consequences. In less capable hands, this story is instructive but hardly riveting, but in Mar- tin’s it’s a page-turner. I don’t know what effect any of these books will have on my son in the long run. Will they encourage him to explore Bud- dhism as he gets older? Perhaps. In the short run, though, they have inspired some great questions and conversations and offered clues on how to work with challenging situations and emotions, which are never in short sup- ply. It’s not just children who benefit from books like these either. Adults can also appreciate the profound teachings they present in clear, heartfelt terms. While my son would still pick a video- game over a book any day, I take heart in our nightly ritual of bedtime stories that allows us to symbolically bow to each other at the end of the day, and appreciate the journey we’re taking together. ♦ retellings of traditional Jataka tales, said to be stories of the Buddha’s previous lives. Naga- raja admittedly takes consider- able creative license in some of his retellings, but it serves him well. Each short story is com- pelling, transporting young readers to intriguing and often magical lands. The moral of each story is stated clearly in a summary teaching at the end. For example, in “The Prancing Peacock,” the pith teaching is “Sometimes it is tempting to show off to others and brag about our special qualities and achievements. A wise person is confident yet modest about their best traits and talents.” With twenty stories, there’s plenty of good bedtime read- ing (and rereading) here. Author Sarah Conover also draws on the Jataka tales in her collection of Buddhist wisdom for children, Kindness (Skinner House Books). In addition, she incorporates traditional sayings, anec- dotes, and teachings from the Mahayana school of Buddhism. My son and I didn’t find Conover’s collection as read-aloud friendly as Buddha at Bedtime, but it con- tains some real gems, such as “The Mus- tard Seed,” in which the Buddha teaches a mother whose child has just died that no one is free of suffering. There are impor- tant lessons to be learned in these stories, and while they’re more traditional and culturally foreign to many North Ameri- can kids, they’re worth the effort. The Banyan Deer (Wisdom) by Rafe Martin, a gifted storyteller and award- winning author, is the ultimate story of courage and compassion. Based on a Jataka tale by the same name, it tells the story of a brave deer who stands up to a king who loved to hunt. The Banyan deer and his herd are held in a stockade along with another herd, and each day one deer is to be killed for the king. The leaders of the herds realize that many deer are being injured in the panicked rush to evade the king and his hunters and decide it’s Above: Buddha at Bedtime. Below: Kindness. Right: The Banyan Deer.