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The Banyan Deer

A Parable of Courage and Compassion

Illustrated by Richard Wehrman
Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

This inspiring tale reminds us that no one can be truly at peace unless all beings have a chance for peace, freedom, and happiness. The Banyan Deer is a wonderful, heart-warming gift for anyone who loves a great story. This beautiful hardcover edition will delight both adults and children alike.

About The Author

About The Illustrator

Award-winning illustrator Richard Wehrman was born in St. Louis and attended the Washington University school of fine arts. His paintings have been exhibited at the Saint Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Artists' Guild, and Washington University. He was chosen as Rochester's Communicator of the Year for illustration and has received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. Richard serves on the board of directors of the Heartwork Institute and lives in Upstate New York.

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Raves and Reviews

"The Banyan Deer shows that the lives of all living beings are equally important."

– His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

"A sweet and sensitive story of courage, sacrifice and kindness."

– Dan Millman, author of The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

"The narrative of a deer king who lays his life on the line not only for his own people but for all creatures, this story is a tale for all ages, with many subtleties layered beneath its surface. Though this is originally a Buddhist story, the text does well regardless of belief system (or lack thereof). The Banyan Deer is a welcome addition to any collection."

– Elephant Journal

"The Banyan Deer by Rafe Martin, a gifted storyteller and award-winning author, is the ultimate story of courage and compassion… In less capable hands, this story is instructive but hardly riveting, but in Martin's it's a page-turner."

– Tynette Deveaux, "Good Reads for Little Buddhas," Shambhala Sun

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