- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Duncan Baird; 4.6.2008 edition (May 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844836231
- ISBN-13: 978-1844836239
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire Paperback – June 30, 2008
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About the Author
Dharmachari Nagaraja regularly presents BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought with Terry Wogan, and has appeared on BBC 1's Heaven and Earth programme. A practising Buddhist for nearly 20 years, he formerly ran the Covent Garden Meditation Centre in London. He is currently involved with the Glasgow Buddhist Centre, where he works as a psychotherapist.
Top Customer Reviews
Appropriate for children ages 4-10, this collection of bedtime stories is based on Buddhist Jataka Tales - a collection of folk tales originated in India, and used to relay ethical teachings to children. Many of these stories feature animals and magical creatures, and in Buddhist cultures are often performed through song and dance at festivals.
Buddha at Bedtime retells some of these stories in contemporary words and style, and includes luminous anime-style pictures at the start of each story. Each story begins with the phrase "Relax, be very still, and listen", and ends with a summary of the 'lesson', such as this one at the end of the first story, 'The Brave Little Parrot':
"Sometimes we can feel helpless when faced with a great challenge. A wise person knows that love and compassion can give them the courage to achieve things that they thought were impossible."
Or this, from the end of 'Two Ducks and a Turtle':
"All too often, we open our mouths in anger without thinking about what might happen next. A wise person thinks before they speak, and if they can't say something kind, they keep silent."
For some parents, this might seem a little too morally heavy-handed, but personally I don't think it comes across that way in the book. The stories themselves are fun, and the pictures and page accents so captivating that this book has become a favorite of my own children, and the lessons don't diminish their enjoyment one bit. All of the themes are very universal, which makes this book appropriate for both Buddhist and non-Buddhist parents and children.Read more ›
My only confusion is the use of Hotei or Laughing Buddha in the place of the actual Buddha Shakyamuni. Oh well, it gave me a chance to explain who the "Laughing Buddha" was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meaningful stories as well as a brief introduction to the Buddha and Buddhism.
I don't particularly agree with a part that states along the lines of the Buddha figured out how... Read more
I use these stories with my 7 and 4 year old before bed. They love the stories. They love the characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie
What a great resource for parents and children of all ages! We are not Buddhist, but spent several years in Asia and wanted to be able to expose our children to some of the values... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Vickery
This is a favorite bedtime book. We've been reading this one to our daughter since she was 3. She's now almost 7, and reads it to herself and her little brother before bed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JennySur
My husband read many Bible story books for kids to my 6-year old daughter every night. We've a lot of those books... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chu Tieu
Really cute book for little ones and teaching them calmness and being in the present. Its a unique bedtime book but definitely one to add to the collection.Published 2 months ago by B.W.
A collection of entertaining stories with simple, real life moral applications that keep my five year engaged in our bedtime stories.Published 3 months ago by Candice R. Johnston