Shantideva - Praise
Rediscover and share the teachings of Shantideva, written especially for children and families.
“Clear, direct writing makes Shantideva's teachings accessible and meaningful, making this a strong jumping-off point for readers eager to explore Buddhist teachings in greater depth.”—Publishers Weekly
“In the simple, compassionate language akin to other Buddhist works, this insightful book offers spiritual teachings, practical advice, and an entertaining story, all at once. The monk Shantideva, depicted in various situations in majestic illustrations, speaks to his friends about avoiding selfishness and applying benevolence to difficult situations. Concrete examples root abstract concepts in everyday life to provide wisdom for children and adults alike.”—Foreword Reviews
“This beautifully illustrated adaptation of a Buddhist story will delight parents and children as they discuss the many feelings children experience. The focus is on finding compassion but importantly it recognizes a range of feelings children experience, from anger to excitement and happiness. The book is a lovely vehicle for parents and children to talk about feelings and getting along with others.”—Tovah P. Klein, PhD, Director, Barnard College Center for Toddler Development
“I love this story. It speaks to my heart, reminds me of my purpose and inspires me to keep up the practice. I would have enjoyed reading this story when I was young. I feel it is grounding and helpful for any child or adult who may need support while surfing the high and low tides. Shantideva teaches us that these ever-changing waves in our world are opportunitites to be super wise, super kind and super awake. I took deep breaths throughout the story as it grounded me. The illustrations are simple, ethereal and beautiful. I look forward to buying it and sharing it with others.”—Gina Bates Brown, author of Zen and Bodhi's Snowy Day
“Ms. Townsend's confidently cheerful voice will inspire young mind's, both East and West, while parents will find her book opens up many important conversations. Tenzin Norbu's out-and-out amazing paintings will delight and inspire even very young readers. Norbu's image of Shantideva holding the bridge, while aspiring to be that bridge, is bold, brilliant and beautiful.”—Kerry Lee MacLean, author of Moody Cow Meditates