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“Anita Feng’s book is mythical in spirit and light in tone, making it accessible for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Sid’s experience of enlightenment is a relevant one for an increasingly egocentric society; he does not become a famous teacher, but rather an individual who exudes curiosity and compassion for the world around him.”

—Publishers Weekly


Anita Feng

Anita Feng has crafted in Sid a delightful jewel that captures both the classic story of the Buddha, as well a deeply personal and familiar reflection of the story in a contemporary retelling.

Sid weaves the traditional tale of Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be, with the story of Sid, an everyman who finds himself waking up amid the reality of work and family life in the modern world. Returning to the standard tale with careful consideration of the relationships in Buddha’s life—to his wife, parents, and child—Feng’s narrative embodies the Mahayana perspective of living one’s enlightenment in the world.

Beautifully told in poetic prose, Sid teaches that the key to the story of the Buddha’s life is that the story could be about any of us.

Includes beautiful black and white illustrations, created especially for this book.

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book information
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 inches
  • $16.95
  • ISBN 9781614292272
  • ebook
  • 176 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614292425
about the author

Anita Feng is a Zen Master teaching at the Blue Heron Zen Community, Seattle, in the Korean lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn. She is a writer and sculptor of original raku buddhas. She lives in Issaquah, Washington. Information about her books, sculpture, and Zen training can be found at 

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