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Author: Suvimalee Karunaratna
Product Type: Softcover Book
Healing the Bull is part of the Bodhi Leaves series, published by the Buddhist Publication Society in Sri Lanka. These are very small booklets on a wide range of topics.
Healing the Bull is a short story of an abused bull, who tells his story to a wise elephant and gets advice on the nature of his problems, and the way out of them from a turtle. The story is about letting go of hatred and aversion and the clinging to security, which allows one to be peaceful.
From the story: "One day, into the temple premises where Kapuri the she-elephant, the wise tortoise, and the peacock lived, there arrived a work-worn bull. Kapuri saw him seated in the middle of the temple grounds behind the monks' quarters, looking as though he were weighed down by a world of sorrow.
When Kapuri's mahout tied her to the accustomed jak tree after her day's work and went away leaving a heap of kitul palms for her to munch on, Kapuri cast several thoughtful glances in the direction of the bull. He was seated close by, looking like a dejected sack of bones that had been carelessly deposited on the ground.
"Friend, from what part of the country have you come? Are you staying here long?" Kapuri asked him..."
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