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The Acrobat: A Collection of Buddhist Tales

Anant Pai (Author)

Gautama, as we all know, left home to discover a way to end all human misery. He became Buddha, the enlightened One, when one day in a flash the truth dawned on him as he sat meditating under the Bodhi tree in Gaya. He came back with practical solutions which even a layman could adopt. Those who followed him had to first accept and comprehend the four Noble Truths- that worldly existence is full of misery; that desire and attachment are the causes of worldly existence; that worldly existence could be ended by keeping out desire and attachment; that there is a way to do this. The path he advocated was the well-known eight-fold path - right speech, right action and right means of livelihood to achieve control on the physical plane; right exertion, right-mindedness and right meditation to achieve mental strength and right resolution and right point of view for intellectual development. That these guidelines, when adhered to, bring peace of mind is borne out by the Buddhist tales that have come down to us. A few such tales have been included in this Chitra Katha.

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About the author

Anant Pai

Anant Pai was the creator of the two most popular comic book series, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha. His works deal with the retelling of mythological tales, folk stories, and biographies of historical figures. He has been considered one of pioneer creators of Indian comics.

He has been associated with works like Fact Fantasy, Funtime, and Funland, all of which are education comic strips. Rekha, Ramu and Shamu, Little Raji, and Kapish are some of the comics he had created.

Born in Karkala, he was brought up by his grandfather after the death of both his parents. He then moved to Mumbai and attended the Orient School in Mahim. He had acquired dual chemical technology degrees from the University of Bombay in Chemical Technology. He was also an expert in personality development. He had conducted several personality development classes for teens and children. He had also founded Partha Institute of Personality Development, 1978. He has published several books dealing with this, such as How to Develop A Super Memory, How To Achieve Success, and How Develop Self-confidence. He was awarded by the Lifetime Achievement Award at the very first Indian Comic Convention in 2011. He married Lalita, and the couple lived in Mumbai. On 24th February, 2011, Pai died of a heart attack.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Acrobat: A Collection of Buddhist Tales
Author Anant Pai
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2001
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8175081899
length 32p., 9.5" x 7.0"