Try again.

I have an idea for a comic book I would like to attempt. It is based in a contemporary setting and sort of outlines the principles of buddhism without actually comingout and saying so.

What I am after is a good source of Buddha stories and what they mean. You know the sort of thing, Buddha said this or did that and what he was getting at.

I had a book by Suzuki once that was full of them but I am sure there is a website whith some somewhere.

  • It's not clear to me what you mean. What exactly is your question about Buddhism? A comic? Contemporary?
    – ruben2020
    Jul 14, 2021 at 16:33
  • Are you trying to draw comics depicting stories from the Buddha's life or past lives? How would that be contemporary?
    – ruben2020
    Jul 14, 2021 at 16:55
  • It wouldn't be about Buddha but it would touch on some Buddhist principles. Think contemporary re-interpretation of Shakespeare.
    – ThirdPrize
    Jul 15, 2021 at 9:46

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Please see Buddhanet's Buddhist Studies eBook Library.

It contains ebooks on the Buddha's life story, Jataka tales, stories of his disciples, stories from the Dhammapada commentary and other suttas.

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    That's a great resource. Thanks a lot.
    – user21421
    Jul 15, 2021 at 15:52

If you're not afraid to dive into the deep end, then you could start with the Jataka Tales. I haven't got the time to compile my own description, so I've pulled this wiki.

The Jataka tales are a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant—but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates.

  • Yes, that sort of thing.
    – ThirdPrize
    Jul 15, 2021 at 10:33
  • @ThirdPrize - The link I provided will take you to some of those stories. Best wishes.
    – Max
    Jul 15, 2021 at 12:54

I went for "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones" in the end.

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