Jataka Tales of the Buddha: An Anthology, Volume 1

Jataka Tales of the Buddha: An Anthology, Volume 1

Ken Kawasaki, Visakha Kawasaki

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This quantity, the 1st of 3, comprises a hundred and ten tales. the full anthology comprises 217 of the unique 547 Jātakas. this isn't a brand new translation from the Pali, yet relatively a retelling of the tales in glossy English.

Whereas Western intellectuals search the essence of Buddhism in its doctrines and meditation practices, the conventional Buddhists of Asia take up the tips and values in their religious background via its wealthy narrative literature concerning the Buddha and his disciples. the most well-liked number of Buddhist tales is, absolutely, the Jātakas. those are the tales of the Buddha's prior births, concerning his reports as he handed from existence to existence in an effort to changing into a Buddha. every now and then he's taking the shape of a fowl, from time to time he's born as a hare, a monkey, a prince, a service provider, or an ascetic, yet in every one case he makes use of the demanding situations he meets to develop in generosity, advantage, persistence, knowledge, and compassion. This anthology of Jatakas, ably instructed through Ken and Visakha Kawasaki, is still trustworthy to the unique but provides the tales in transparent and easy language. It thereby makes the Jātakas available even to younger readers and to these for whom English isn't really their first language.

I wish that this choice of Jātaka stories–entertaining, uplifting, soaking up, from time to time fun, yet consistently fascinating–will permit the trendy reader to understand the striking literary background of Buddhism and the straightforward fantastic thing about its easy teachings.

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

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