The Cure of the Mustard Seed

The Cure of the Mustard Seed : A Little Book about Death, Dying and the Loss of All and Everything

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The Cure of the Mustard Seed is a story taken from the Pali Canon, the original scripture of Buddhism, and it relates an actual incident: a Mother brought her dead baby before the Buddha and begged him to restore her child to life. Buddha asked her to bring him some 'medicine, ' some mustard seed from a house in which no one had died. In this tale we see how Buddha's simple request conveyed his teaching on the nature of life and allowed a young woman in great grief to accept the inevitability of death and change her attitude towards living. "Perhaps you know a young person or someone who is confronting death for the first time. Read this story with him or her, look at the pictures and consider what you have heard and seen. If you know an adult that is grieving, give them the book or read it with them. If you are distraught or saddened, this story is good medicine for your own life. If you are feeling whole and balanced, hearing this tale may remind you of what is inevitable and what we all tend to forget." - from the book The book is illustrated with photographs taken by the author at Manikarnika Ghat, the extraordinary and ancient cremation ground of Benaras, India.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 5mm | 240g
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1507745354
  • 9781507745359

About Peter Malakoff

I trained as a religious studies scholar specializing in Hinduism, Buddhism and the great traditions of religion and spirituality that are found in India. In 2004 I received a degree in Ayurveda from Kalidas Sanskrit University in Nagpur, Maharashtra and have been living and writing in India since 2011. During the winter months I reside near the Ramana Maharshi Ashram at the foot of the holy mountain Arunachala, in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu and spend the rest of the year high in the Himalayas near the foot of the Rohtang Pass that goes up into Ladakh. In 2012 I published a book on how Yoga first came to America: "How Thoreau's Walden Pond Mixed with the Ganges and Yoga Came to America with Swami Vivekananda" This year (2015) I will publish a story from the oral tradition of India about the Man Who Created the Taj Mahal. What good is history if no one tells it? The ancient civilizations of the world are pregnant with stories and I hope to bring many of them into the world.
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