What would the life of Buddha look like if it were lived today?
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.
“Maybe three times in my life I've wept at the sheer beauty of a book. This is one of those times. There is heartbreak. There is humor. There is joy. There is aliveness and compassion. And there is love, great love.”
– Geri Larkin, author of Close to the Ground
“Sid is a magical read, sweet, sad, beautiful. A haunting Zen imagining of the Buddha's life and our own.”
– James Ishmael Ford, author of If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break
“Feng tells us, in luminous prose-poem paragraphs, about an ordinary contemporary high school math teacher, whose journey parallels the Buddha’s. Sid reminds me that I, too, ordinary as I am, have Buddha nature, and that my seeking is not in vain. We can all see the morning star if we look.”