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The Brave Tin Soldier by Fotopoulou Sophia

By Hans Christian Andersen

THERE were once five-and-twenty tin soldiers, who were all brothers, for they had been made out of the same old tin spoon. They shouldered arms and looked straight before them, and wore a splendid uniform, red and blue. The first thing in the world they ever heard were the words, "Tin soldiers!" uttered by a little boy, who clapped his hands with delight when the lid of the box, in which they lay, was taken off. They were given him for a birthday present, and he stood at the table to…

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Buddhism by Lobsan Payat

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism

Written by Gary Gach. Alpha Books, 2002

Half a billion people in the world consider themselves Buddhists, and millions of Westerners have embraced the religion and its tenets. For the uninitiated, and even for some initiates, Buddhism is overwhelming and mystifying. Often associated with Zen, it's sometimes reduced to the image of meditation, but as this hefty but accessible guide reveals, there are many streams of Buddhist thought and practice in the world today.

Gary Gach, who's racked up 40 years of Buddhist study, gives a thorough overview of Buddhist history, teachings, ceremonies and…

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The Nightingale by Fotopoulou Sophia

The tears from the Emperor's heart, where the most precious gifts...

By Hans Christian Anderson

IN China, you know, the emperor is a Chinese, and all those about him are Chinamen also. The story I am going to tell you happened a great many years ago, so it is well to hear it now before it is forgotten. The emperor's palace was the most beautiful in the world. It was built entirely of porcelain, and very costly, but so delicate and brittle that whoever touched it was obliged to be careful. In the garden could be seen the most singular flowers, with pretty silver bells tied to them,…

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The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) by Fotopoulou Sophia

Gibran's best-known work is "The Prophet", a partly autobiographical book of 26 poetic essays, which has been translated into over 20 languages. The Prophet, who has lived in a foreign city 12 years, is about to board a ship that will take him home. He is stopped by a group of people, whom he teaches the mysteries of life. The resulting 26 sermons are meant to emancipate the listeners. In the 1960s The Prophet became a counterculture guide and in the 1980s the message of spiritualism overcoming material success.

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