“In the full bloom of spring, in a beautiful garden, in a place called Lumbini, a prince was born.”
So begins the extraordinary story of the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the prince who would become the enlightened Buddha, the Awakened One. This classic tale follows Prince Siddhartha’s journey of truth-seeking and discovery, including his life-altering encounters with human suffering and his realization of the Four Noble Truths. Today, millions of people all over the world follow the Buddha’s teachings on meditation, selflessness, and compassion. Rendered here in exquisite original watercolor illustrations, this inspiring story is brought to life for young readers curious about one of history’s most monumental and influential figures.
"This picture book will serve families seeking to share their own Buddhist faith and practice with children as well as independent readers researching spiritual practices. A succinct, beautifully crafted documentation of the origin of Buddhism." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"In The Life of the Buddha, Tara di Gesu's enchanting illustrations make the perfect complement to Heather Sanche's illuminating words so young readers can absorb the inspiration of the Buddha's life story. I hope many children as well as big kids like me will enjoy reading it and carry the Buddha's example of love and understanding in their hearts." —Avikrita Vajra Sakya, author of Wake Up to What Matters
"We have far too few Buddhist books for children. In that regard, the negligence of Buddhist teachers like myself is utterly embarrassing. So this beautiful children’s book on the life of the Buddha by Heather Sanche and Tara Di Gesu is very welcome indeed." —Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, author of The Guru Drinks Bourbon? and Living Is Dying