The 101 Buddha Stories are Buddhist parables, telling tales of Buddha in his previous lives, when he was called the 'Bodhisattva' or Buddha-to-be. His incarnations included animals as well as humans. These stories reflect the travails and experiences that Buddha had to go through to attain the Buddhahood. In format the stories are similar to the Panchatantra and lead up to a moral. But being Buddhist, the stories are less matter-of-fact and carry deeply profound esoteric messages. The evocative illustrations compliment the lucid text, making the book a must-have in any library.