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On an island in Vietnam, a monk lives in a coconut tree, eating its fruit and playing with his friends, a cat and a mouse. All the while, a war is raging. One day, the monk decides to visit his country’s president. After all, if a man, a cat, and a mouse can live in harmony, why can’t a nation? But the hostile guards at the presidential palace throw the Coconut Monk in jai ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Plum Blossom Books (first published January 25th 2006)
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Judy
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This story should have been better. Set in Vietnam, based on the life of a monk ... it sounded promising. But there's not enough here to make a story.
Heidi
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, dharma-school
I used this book in Dharma School to demonstrate Sila Paramita, or ethics. It's a true story of a monk who lives with a cat and a mouse during the Vietnam war. He truly embodies an ethical life.

I also used this book to exemplify Manjusri Bodhisattva.
Jayne
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
goofy kid book
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Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more
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