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Buddhist Stories for Kids

Want to teach your kids about Nichiren Daishonin’s writings? Valuable lessons from these seven books.

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These children’s books are retellings of Buddhist stories mentioned in Nichiren Daishonin’s writings. They can be purchased for $8.95 each at

Becoming a Dragon

Based on the legend of the Dragon Gate from Chinese mythology, the story emphasizes the importance of bravery and never giving up, no matter how difficult the challenges. As long as we never give up, we will accomplish our dreams.

The Deer King

A popular tale from Shakyamuni’s time in which a deer king reforms the heart of a human king through his compassion, courage and wisdom—the qualities of a Buddha.

The King Who Saved the Dove

King Shibi teaches that we can open up the life condition of Buddhahood by doing good for others as bodhisattvas.

The Birds Who Suffer From the Cold

This story of two foolish birds contains valuable lessons about being responsible, preparing for the future and working hard to improve ourselves.

The Tiger and the General

By piercing a solid rock with his arrow, General Li Kuang shows us that nothing is impossible to a person of strong determination and belief.

The Turtle and the Warrior

The friendship between a general and turtle encourages us to lead lives of gratitude. Those living with appreciation are honorable human beings who can lead happy lives.

Shijo Kingo

A samurai, physician and faithful disciple, Shijo Kingo protected and spread the teachings of his mentor, Nichiren Daishonin.

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