Buddhist Stories for Kids that Let Your Kids Learn about Buddha’s Life.
Storytelling by Sunday school kids and Dhamma school teachers make learning fun and easy for your child.
Buddhist stories for kids can increase Buddha and Buddhism knowledge in a fun way. They get to know about Buddha’s life since Birth, His family, how Buddha attain enlightenment and etc., through stories. Well written Buddhist stories depict good and bad characters. Listening to Buddhist stories will help kids to have an idea of good behaviours and must to avoid acts.
Another advantage of listening to stories is that children grow in Buddhist learning as storytelling introduces lot of new vocabulary to kids. Stories will have lot of newer words for the kid to learn. It is easier to teach the meanings of the new words as kids learn faster from the context of story.
D-kidz’s first CD (audio) album “Come and See – The Life of Siddhartha” has 8 Buddhist stories for kids that allows them to learn about Who is Buddha in a fun, interesting and simple way. Each story is accompanied with catchy and meaningful songs that makes the whole learning experience a lot more FUN! These songs are very easy to sing a long and to remember.
Come & See is one of the very good CD, beautifully written and produced in such that it can easily connect us with the wise and compassionate Buddha. Come & See 1 touch my heart deeply when I first listen to it. If you play Come & See along with the kids in the car and you will discover the lyric and songs can easily touch your children’s heart, and they will just sing along. Don’t just believe me, come and see yourself!
Chan Gwo Yann – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Here is the summary of Buddha’s Life. This story is part of the conversation between teacher and student of D-kidz Sunday Dhamma School. It is also part of the story included in the Come and See album. Check out Come and See for more information.
The Life of Siddhartha
The Buddha was born a prince in Northern India. His daddy was King Suddhodana. And His mommy is Queen Mahamaya. He was born in a beautiful park call Lumbini.
A few days after the birth of baby Prince, King Suddhodana invited 5 wise men to the Palace. It was custom then to request wise men to pick a suitable name for a Prince. The wise men picked the name Siddhartha. Siddhartha means wish fulfilled. King Suddhodana asked ‘Will the prince become a King?’ The first four wise men predicted that the Prince would become a great King or a Buddha when he grew up. However, the fifth wise man was quite sure that the Prince would become a Buddha.
Siddhartha was gentle and kind to everyone even to animals. Siddhartha grew up to become a clever and handsome young man. He married a beautiful and kind Princess name Yasodhara. Later, a son, Rahula was born into the royal family. And they all lived in beautiful palace surrounded by gardens and ponds. However, Siddhartha was happy. He wanted to see how ordinary people lived outside the palace’s walls.
Then, one day with his attendant, Chanda the Prince sneaked out of the palace. He saw the four important sights – an old man, a sick man, a dead person and a calm looking hermit. The first three sights made him very sad. Because he was told that everyone grows old, fall sick and die. He felt terrible. He thought ‘If only I know the answer to stop people from growing old, falling sick and dying then everyone would be happy. Then he recalled the fourth sight of the calm and happy hermit that comforts him a little.
Back in the Palace the Prince is thinking deeply of becoming a hermit. He wants to leave the palace to learn about life, to find true happiness. He loves his daddy, mommy, wife and son and because of this reason mostly that he decided to leave home in search for true happiness so that he could come back and teach them how to be happy too. The Buddha has great compassion and love for all beings and that includes your daddy, mommy, you and everyone in this whole wide world. So one night, Siddhartha quietly left the palace in order to seek happiness.
Siddhartha studied with many well learned teachers. But none could give him a clear answer of how to be happy. So he decided to leave them and search answer for himself. In Ancient India, there was a believe that if you want to purify yourself, you have punish your body. So many people tortured their own bodies trying to attain happiness. He did torture himself until he almost died. Then he overheard someone saying that if you over tighten the string on the musical instrument the string would break. And if you under tighten it the string becomes too loose. It thought him that to be happy we have to live a well balance life. For example, ‘Not too much work and not too much play, balancing work and play. Your problem will go away.’ This teaching is known as the Middle Way.
So Siddhartha decided to take the Middle Way. He had a bath in the river, took some food and found a perfect spot under the Bodhi tree and began his final journey to seek Enlightenment. But Mara, the evil one caught the news and roll in swiftly on the thundering cloud companied by flashes and lightening. He was determined to spoil it. Siddhartha use his mighty love, generosity, compassion and wisdom to overpower Mara. So Mara left defeated and Siddhartha finally became the Buddha.
Buddha means the fully Enlighten One, perfect in Wisdom and Compassion. He got Enlighten without any help from others. He is known as the Teacher of Gods and Men. He is dead now. Dhamma, The Teachings of the Buddha, are helping us in our everyday life. The Buddha is therefore alive. The Dhamma teaches us to do good, avoid doing bad and make our mind happy. The Buddha wants us come and see his teachings and to think and ask questions when we are in doubt and to experience the goodness in it.