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The Hero of Compassion: How Lokeshvara Got One Thousand Arms (Hardcover)

The Hero of Compassion: How Lokeshvara Got One Thousand Arms By Harry Einhorn, Khoa Le (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Harry Einhorn, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
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2023 NAPPA Award Winner

The magical story of a compassionate hero who learns how to always care for others and to never give up—for kids ages 4–8.

Lokeshvara shows us that with compassion,
we can always pick up the pieces of a broken heart,
and be stronger, more loving, and more wise than before.

Lokeshvara is a compassionate hero who lives above the moon. He tries to help every single being in the world but gets frustrated when he realizes that he can’t save everyone. Lokeshvara becomes so disheartened that he explodes into a thousand pieces. With a little help from a wise friend and teacher, the pieces are put back together in a way that can benefit even more beings than before. 

Lokeshvara’s tale of compassion and resilience teaches us that even when we feel overwhelmed by the suffering we see in the world, we can still find creative ways to help those around us. 

With beautiful illustrations that use a unique approach to color, shadows, and perspective to evoke a sense of magic and wonder, this retelling of a classic Asian Buddhist tale is timely and meaningful for kids and grown-ups alike.

About the Author

HARRY EINHORN is a composer, artist, and meditation instructor. He has helped coordinate Buddhist practice and study programs in Europe, North and South America, India, and Taiwan. Harry has over a decade of experience working with kids teaching art in theaters, schools, and museums, including the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. Harry currently resides in Taiwan where he lectures at a Buddhist university.

KHOA LE is an illustrator, graphic designer, painter, and writer. She graduated from the Fine Arts University in Ho Chi Minh City. She has published several award-winning children’s books, four of which she both wrote and illustrated. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea.

Praise For…

“It is so important for children to know about Lokeshvara. I welcome this book as one that is not only timely but long overdue.”—Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, author of What Makes You Not a Buddhist

“Spectacular and vibrant, this storybook will provide children (and their caregivers) with a solid reminder not to quit.”—Lion’s Roar

“Magnificently illustrated with emotionally evocative artwork throughout, The Hero of Compassion is especially and unreservedly recommended.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611809787
ISBN-10: 1611809789
Publisher: Bala Kids
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English