It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
Dalai Lama XVI
“Tales of Baby Elephant Lanchenkar”, a book by children’s writer Ayusha Erdyneev, is directly linked with Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy. Main characters are identical with Buddhist Jatakas (stories of previous births of Buddha Shakyamuni) and bear Tibetan names. In Buddhist narrative tradition, it was white elephants who practiced and would reach the state of Boddhisattva. Elephants have supreme qualities that make them good examples.
The tale “Saving Parrot” is parable of Tibet’s destiny. White baby elephant Lanchenkar leads his friends (and other jungle folk), as Mahatma Gandhi would do, to the peaceful solving of their problems. He teaches them how to find happiness, that happiness is absence of both your and others’ suffering. Every tale encloses its own feature and its own lesson.
Nowadays it is very important to convey onto children genuine values as kindness, open heart, and good will. Children raised with the ideals brought forward by Lanchenkar, there is the hope that the world may become a better, more harmonious place.
To make this collection of tales more accessible to younger audience, an animated movie about Lanchenkar’s adventures may be of great help.
Sincerely Robert Thurman, Professor Columbia University in New York City
Alexey Tenchoy was born in 1972 in Aga-Khangil settlement of the Zabaykalsy Krai. In 1994 he graduated from the Buddhist University of Mongolia. In 2006 he acheived the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. in 2007 his book «Fairy tales of the baby elephant Lanchenkar» was awarded «The best children’s book in Russia». He has published 22 books. The Nations Drama Experimental Theatre in Moscow put some of his plays on a stage: «Siddharta» (2015), «Milarepa (2015), «The dream of ridiculous» (2016), «Fairy tale of the baby elephant» (2017). Five movies were shot on Tenchoy’s scripts.