Chris Riddell Buddhism For Bears

ISBN 13: 9780091865047

Buddhism For Bears

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9780091865047: Buddhism For Bears

Bears are seriously underestimated creatures when it comes to spirituality and religious feeling. For the first time, this book recognises their huge potential and offers ursine students of Buddhism everywhere the opportunity to focus their skills and follow the path to enlightenment. From the meditation to the essential concepts of Zen, all the fundamentals are set out here in a series of concise interpretations of Buddhist teaching. Wonderfully illustrated by well-known illustrator Chris Riddell, this is the perfect gift with a difference.

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Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children. He has won the UNESCO Award for Something Else, has twice won the Kate Greenaway Medal, and was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award. He is also the acclaimed political cartoonist for the Observer.

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Nieslon and Riddell team up to offer the practical insights of Buddhism to our ursine friends. Riddell has held forth on the virtues of Buddhism to domesticated animals already in Buddhism for Sheep, and his portly bear friends here discover the merits of wisdom and self-control, even as they learn meditation techniques that will help them achieve truth. Each page features one of Riddell's humorous illustrations of Nielson's text. For example, the teaching on wisdomA"Let go of the craving and greed that bind you to the world"Ais accompanied by a drawing of a bear climbing out too far on a limb to reach a bee's nest and the limb snapping. On self-control: as Goldilocks thumbs her nose at the bears, they are advised to "practice self-restraint with regard to your fellow beings." On techniques: the bears are advised to "choose nourishing vegetables rather than meat" even as the illustration shows the inherent dangers the Buddhist bear faces in tearing into a moose's hide. Finally, as a bear prepares to step into a leg trap, it is reminded that "self-mortification does not lead to inner truth." On the one hand, this is a silly little book whose (p)awful humor is unbearable, e.g. drunken bears being advised to "abstain from drinking intoxicating liquors and spirits." On the other hand, though, like the Porcine History of Western Philosophy, this little manual offers a simple introduction to Buddhist principles and techniques for beginners. (July)
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