i see you, buddha

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“Like Dr. Seuss, Josh Bartok has mastered the art of reaching directly into a child’s heart and mind, translating a profound teaching on love into playfully whimsical rhythm and rhyme. The ability to inspire children—to really connect and awaken young hearts—is rare. And Demi’s paintings are amazingly detailed; warm, inviting and fun to explore! Together, Bartok and Demi have created one for the ages. This is truly wonderful!”
—Kerry Lee MacLean, author of Moody Cow Meditates and Peaceful Piggy Meditation

“A magical book. Poetic, playful, and psychologically adept.”
—Sumi Loundon Kim, author Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings

“I wish I’d had this book when I was small and the world was so . . . big. It would have meant so much to me to have received this message as a child. Beautiful and touching—a balm for the heart.”
—James V. Cordova
, PhD, author of The Marriage Checkup and The Story of Mu

“With its uplifting lyrical rhyme and pictures that dance off the page, I See You, Buddha brought tears to my eyes. Its simplicity and profound message of respect for all will delight children and adults alike.”
—M. LaVora Perry
, actor and author of Taneesha Never Disparaging

“A book to be cherished—its child-friendly message is buoyed by the wonder of Demi’s iconic artistry. Illuminating, heartwarming, and uplifting of hearts and minds.”
—Lauren Alderfer, author of Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

“This charming, sweet book is a beautifully illustrated guide for living with kindness to oneself and all beings. A lovely book for children of all ages. I bow to the authors and all its readers.”
—Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Faces of Compassion and Zen Questions

“I truly love this book—I fell in love with it from the very first page. The illustrations are stunning and the author’s gentle yet profound words go straight to the heart. Children will immediately understand how, right here and now, they can start being kind to others as well as to themselves. I’m an adult—and I benefited tremendously from this book. It’s become one of my favorites.”
—Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick and How to Live Well

“An excellent children’s book that teaches the spirit of the bodhisattva.”
—Shohaku Okumura, author of The Mountains and Waters Sutra

“Through lovely images and lively poetry, I See You, Buddha reminds us that the most important truths are those even a child can understand.”
—John Brehm, editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy

I SEE YOU, BUDDHA

Josh Bartok Demi

An instant classic, this book will help children (and their parents) learn patience and to see the good in everyone—including themselves! It will also help children meet difficult circumstances, such as being sick, doing chores, and not getting everything they want—and help them overcome low self-esteem and negative self-talk.

I See You, Buddha is based on a chapter in the Lotus Sutra, one of the most influential Buddhist texts worldwide—a classical scripture that has inspired a whole genre of works, especially in Japan, known as Lotus Literature. The Lotus Sutra teaches the way of the bodhisattva—a being engaged in compassionate, enlightened activity in the service of all—by offering examples of what this activity might look like in the world. One such model in the text is Bodhisattva Never Disrespectful (or Never Disparaging), who, despite troubling encounters with and even harsh treatment from others, bows down respectfully to everyone, recognizing their Buddha nature and honoring their own journeys along the bodhisattva path to enlightenment—whether they know they’re future buddhas or not!

Listen to author Josh Bartok as he reads I See You, Buddha in this video reading.

book information
  • ebook
  • 32 pages
  • $10.99
  • ISBN 9781614296959
  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages, 9 x 9 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9781614296942
about the author
I See You, Buddha

Josh Bartok has served as in-house staff editor at Wisdom for almost 13 years and has worked on almost 200 books in all traditions of Buddhism. He is the co-author, with Ezra Bayda, of Saying Yes To Life (Even the Hard Parts), and the authoring editor of Daily Doses of Wisdom, Daily Wisdom, More Daily Wisdom, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s How to Be Happy, and Lama Yeshe’s When the Chocolate Runs Out.
He is also the spiritual director at the Greater Boston Zen Center. He is a full member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and the American Zen Teachers Association, and is a friend of the Lay Zen Teachers Association. Josh has served on the Board of Directors for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and on the planning committee of the first-ever Next-Generation Dharma Teachers event, part of the Mahasangha Gathering that took place at Garrison Institute in July of 2011.
Josh graduated from Vassar College in 1993 with a degree in cognitive science. Recreationally, Josh is an amateur photographer who shows locally and regionally. His work is influenced by John Daido Loori, Kaz Tanahashi, as well as sumi-e and abstract expressionist painters. His photos can be seen online at shobophoto.com.

Other books by Josh Bartok:
Daily Doses of Wisdom
Daily Wisdom
Nightly Wisdom
Saying Yes To Life
More Daily Wisdom

I See You, Buddha

Demi is the award-winning author and illustrator of over 130 bestselling children’s books, including The Empty Pot, Jesus, BuddhaThe Dalai LamaOne Grain of RiceThe Boy Who Painted Dragons, and The Legend of Saint Nicholas. For Wisdom Tales Press, she has written and illustrated Saint Francis of Assisi and The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna and illustrated The Conference of the Birds (retold by Alexis York Lumbard), The Pandas and Their Chopsticks: and Other Animal StoriesMahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence by Dr. Manoj Jain, and a children’s biography of Abraham Lincoln titled President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House. Demi’s most recent books for Wisdom Tales are Gifts of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of Latin America, and Talking to God: Prayers for Children from the World’s Religions. Her latest, Hildegard of Bingen: Scientist, Composer, Healer & Saint, is another glowing picture-book for children, this time about a multitalented woman who was a mystic, abbess, scientist, doctor, composer, author, linguist, and artist, whose influence has extended throughout the centuries since her death.

Demi’s books have sold over half a million copies and her work has been appreciated by many diverse people across the globe, such as the Dalai Lama and the Pope. The Empty Pot, her best-selling title, was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Demi’s book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award.

Other books by Demi:
The Illustrated Lotus Sutra

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