Buddhist Short Stories from Kidsgen

Buddhadasa (1906-1993) was one of the most prolific writers in modern Buddhist history. Many of his writings have been translated into foreign languages and his meditation center, Suan Mokh, in Southern Thailand, has attracted thousands of foreign and Thai practitioners. Buddhadasa while studying Pali and the official Buddhist university curriculum in Bangkok for a short period left the city to become a rural preacher and advocate for social justice. He believed that Buddhism could be paid simple and accessible to the masses. His concept of "Dhammic Socialism" is perhaps the most influential to activists like Sulak Sivaraksa. Buddhadasa rejected Marxian calls for the "revenge of the worker" and Leninist belief in the need for an elite ruling class that spoke for the rights of the worker, but he did believe that a society based on communal peace and prosperity over individual achievement and capitalistic competition was in line with Buddhist ethics.

Stories of Buddha's compassion and consideration for all life abound.

However, the contast is less sharp with other historical and world religions.

story of Buddha - Ancient India - The British Museum

In 1546 the King of Lanxang (Laos) was invited to rule the city of Chiang Mai and its tributaries known as the Kingdom of Lanna. His first order of business when he entered the city was to bring his retinue, which included many newly ordained monks, to Wat Chedi Luang. Like Burmese, Shan, Siamese, Khoen and Yuan monks, these Lao monks (these ethnic categories are later accretions) studied at the monastery. Famous scholar monks studied and taught at Wat Chedi Luang as well since there was a regular exchange of monks between different monasteries in the region. Moreover, these scholar monks would have been compelled to visit the Emerald Buddha and the relic held in the great chedi to pay obeisance. There is little record of activities at Wat Chedi Luang until 1823 when a golden preaching chair was donated by the king of Chiang Mai. At this time there were 101 monks in residence at the monastery. Since a new ordination hall was also consecrated at this time, the monastery certainly planned to attract more students. It can be said as a standard fact, that virtually all regional monasteries first become ritual centers through their possessions of certain images, relics, royal seals. These ritually powerful objects enabled these monastic schools to attract charismatic teachers, skilled scholars, and draw large audiences to sermons and students to lectures. This ritual legitimacy allows them texts and funding needed to become educational centers. Unfortunately, these generalities will have to suffice for now since, like most other monasteries, historical records tell us virtually nothing of the day-to-day activities of students and teachers at Wat Chedi Luang before the modern period.

belief - A Creation Story in Buddhism


In both China and Japan, the dragon is associated closely with rain, storms, and clouds, and it is the dragon who produces rain. In the (794-1185), two Buddhist temples -- Tji (East Temple) and Sai-ji (West Temple) -- shared control of Japan’s religious world, and an interesting legend grew out of the power struggle between the two temples. Envious of 空海 (774-835), for his fame as head of Tji Temple, a priest named Shubin 守敏 of Sai-ji Temple used a charm to entrap in a jar, thereby causing an extensive drought. Challenged by Shubin to a contest at Shinsen Garden, dispelled the curse of Shubin, and set the free to cause rain to fall.

The first historical King of Ceylon would be Devanampiya Tissa, who converted to Buddhism.
An illustrated Buddhist story about the

Wisdom of Emptiness - View on Buddhism

This is an illustrated version of Buddhist Tales for Young and Old (volume 1), with line drawings by John Patterson, which are suitable for colouring in.

That the earlier date is  given is a tribute to the prestige of the Lanka tradition in Buddhist scholarship and history.

Buddhism and happiness - Health & Wellbeing - ABC

With "Buddhist Modernism" often celebrating the pacifism of Buddhism in general, and that of the Theravâda in particular, the ugly history that begins to unfold would be an anomaly and an embarrassment, if not a refutation, to its conceits.

Each of these contradicts basic Buddhist metaphysics and are all historically judged to be major Buddhist heresies.

Wisdom Publications – Books on Buddhism and …

Reynolds, Craig. "Buddhist Cosmography in Thai History, with Special Reference to Nineteenth-Century Culture Change." The Journal of Asian Studies , Vol. 35, No. 2 (Feb., 1976): 203-220.