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The Day the Buddha Woke Up

Illustrated by Rima Fujita

The heart of the Buddha’s story in a handful of words—beautifully illustrated by a world-renowned artist.

The Day the Buddha Woke Up is a board book that will captivate children of all ages. It’s the perfect way to introduce young children to the story of the Buddha—the clear, gracefully written story puts the Buddha's awakening into language children can understand.

The simple arc of the Buddha’s questions, his quest, and his ultimate understanding will provide a meaningful and peaceful story that children—and their parents!—will love returning to again and again.

Rima Fujita was born in Tokyo, lived in New York City for thirty-two years, and now resides in Southern California. She graduated from Parsons School of Design and has exhibited her work internationally to much acclaim and has gained collectors around the world. Rima has won various awards internationally, received special recognition including from H.H. the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, at the International Peace Summit in Japan

In 2001 Rima established Books for Children, an organization that produces children’s books and donates them to children in need around the world. She has created seven children's books, and has donated more than fifteen thousand books to the Tibetan children in exile.

Her books include: Wonder Garden, Wonder Talk, The Little Black Box, Simple Meditation, TB Aware, Save the Himalaya, Rewa, Tibetan Identity and The Day the Buddha Woke Up. Rima’s works have been presented at Rubin Museum of Art (in New York), the Tagore Gallery (New York & Beverly Hills), Tibet House (New York), Trace Foundation (New York), Isetan Art Gallery (Tokyo), Mingei Museum of Art and San Diego Museum of Art.

"This is a beautiful book to look at and wonderful words to hear. How lovely it is to imagine toddlers on their parent's laps or nestled next to them under a sheltering arm and seeing and hearing the fundamental truths of life as their first wisdom transmission."

– Sylvia Boorstein, cofounding teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and senior teacher, the Insight Meditation Society

“A beautiful way to place a child in the hands of the Buddha.” 

– Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood

The Day The Buddha Woke Up is an essential story, harmoniously shared alongside vibrant illustrations that are sure to enchant even the youngest of readers.”

– Gail Silver, author of Anh's Anger

"Rima Fujita brings the Buddha's life vividly alive for us with her exquisite sense of style and color, and her heartfelt appreciation of his gifts to the world. Reading it is a lovely experience, one people young and old should treasure."

– Robert Thurman, Jey Tsongkhapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University

"These beautiful and harmonious artworks combined with simple and elegant words bring to life the story and lasting message of Buddha with a magical, moving innocence for our children. This book is sure to bring happiness to everyone it reaches!"

– Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner, Le Bernadin