Friday, February 10, 2012

The Heavenly White Crane


Lhajya Trung-Trung Karmo
by TG Arya
Illustrated by Goto Yuki
Edited by Dr. Lauren Alderfer & Kalsang Khedup
Published by Paljor Publications Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

Tsuruno Ongaeshi, best translated as "gratitude or thanks feeling of a crane". This story is one of the best-loved Japanese folk tales. The tale has inspired and educated many to realize the folly of greed and the importance of gratitude. It shows how greedy pursuit ultimately ends-up destroying the very happiness we seek. Mahatma Gandhi has rightly said, “Nature has provided enough for human’s need, but not enough for human’s greed.” This story reminds us to live contently and to be grateful for what we have. It also illustrates the importance of moral ethics in daily life. There are two different version of this story in Japan, adapted here is the one which tells us about containing our greed and being grateful. The book is bilingual, in Tibetan and English, with illustrations.

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