testimonials, background essays here
So what's a Buddhist
In Buddhist philosophy, there is no beginning
and no end. There is only now, a moment by moment awareness of the
present. So how can there be Buddhist parables of creation?
How do you tell a story with no past and no future, no beginning and
Says author Martin Boroson:
"Well, I cheated a bit. To tell a story you
need a narrator, so Becoming Me is told by a Divine source that is
infinite and eternal (in other words ... right here and now). And
it begins with the line 'Once upon a time, I was' ... which of course
really means 'beyond time and space, I am'. Becoming Me is Buddhist
in that it suggests we are passing forms that have emerged from formlessness,
but ultimately, form and formlessness are the same."
"... a deceptively simple
expression of the nature of the Divine, with breathtaking artwork."
Johnson, July 12, 2000
Buddhist book for children
to share together ...
Becoming Me was written by Martin
Boroson, a philosophy graduate from Yale and transpersonal psychotherapist,
who explored many different spiritual traditions before taking Zen
Buddhist vows. In writing this book he worked to marry the heart of
the dharma with the teachings of other faiths.
Becoming Me reaches beyond traditional
Buddhist parables or Buddhist creation stories to express Buddhist
principles in a fresh, new way. It's a Buddhist creation story that
is free of religious jargon and captures the heart of every faith.
Here's a vibrant swirl of words
and pictures that illustrates how we all originate from a single
source energy. Actually, though [Becoming Me] conveys a sophisticated
concept, it is expressed in a delightfully innocent way. ... Indeed,
though it is described as appropriate for ages four and up, we
believe grown-ups will take pleasure in the story as well.