on 27 July 2006
I bought this book to read to my two children and found it taught me so much about life I hadn't stopped to consider before. This is a gentle, inpsiring book, not just for Buddhists or those interested in Buddha. This is the book I want with me all through my life and is one I would give to a child or an elderly relative. It is a comforting, kind book when the world looks a bad place.
on 29 October 2011
I bought the book for a niece but, after seeing many grown-ups appreciate it, as well as the niece, I'm now convinced this is one of the best introductions to (one version of) the life of the future Gautama Tathagata one can find. This is a light text, introducing the "Great departure" (leaving the palace, after discovering pain and death) in a way appealing to most readers. Not sure I am so convinced about the description of the last-minute attempts (temptations) by Mara to prevent the enlightenment, but it was still the best-buy ever to introduce buddhism to a child (and the rest of the family) without "lecturing" it. Would advise this book as a fairy tale for any 10 year-old kid, regardless one wants to slowly lead the child into the buddhist community or just to help religious open-mindedness.