According to the teachings of Buddha, a true conqueror is one who has mastered his own desires. One must be completely free of worldly attachments in order to attain peace. The stories, The Fearless Boy and The True Conqueror advocate some of the most important messages of Buddhism. The stories in the title, The Cowherd of Alawi, show us how Gautama Buddha touched the lives of people from every section of society. These stories also acquaint us with Buddhas unique way of teaching. The Lost Prince is the story of a kind and generous prince who is struck by tragedy, but is ultimately saved by his righteousness. The Making of a Swordsman is a collection of 7 charming tales from Zen literature that give an insight into the basic principles of the Zen school of Buddhism.