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The Banyan Deer – Spiritual Story By Ellen C. Babbitt

The Banyan Deer

It is told about Gautama Buddha that he spent many lives in animal form, as various animals of the forest, before being born in human form as the prince, Siddhartha of the Sakhya clan. This story is about his life as King of the Deer. Three kings come into our story. One is Brahmadatta, a man, King of Benares, who had a "deer park" - a large private hunting ground whereroamed a thousand deer. The second is the future Buddha, king of the Banyan Deer and golden in color, the third the king of...