Jataka Tales: The Early Adventures of Buddha

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Abela Publishing Ltd, 2009 - Social Science - 96 pages
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A social Enterprise Project. The Jatakas, or birth-stories, form one of Buddhism's sacred books. They relate the adventures of the Buddha in his former existences. Carved railings around the relic shrines of Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh and Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh indicate that the birth-stories were widely known in the third century B.C. 

These Jataka Tales contain deep truths, and are calculated to impress lessons of great moral beauty. Tales like The Merchant of Seri, who gave up all that he had in exchange for a golden dish, embodies much the same idea as the New Testament's parable of the priceless pearl. The Tale of the Measures of Rice illustrates the importance of a true estimate of values. The Tale of the Banyan Deer, which offered its life to save a roe and her young, illustrates self-sacrifice of the noblest sort. The Tale of the Sandy Road is one of the finest in the collection. 

While some of the stories are based in Buddhist ideology, many are age-old fables, the flotsam and jetsam of folk-lore that have appeared under various guises throughout the centuries. At times they have been used merely as merry tales, and at other times they're used as literature, as by Chaucer, who unwittingly puts a Jataka story into the mouth of his Pardoner when he tells the tale of The Ryotoures Three

Captivate yourself with the charm of these 18 Jataka Tales. Let their quaint humour and gentle earnestness teach you the wholesome lessons of the Buddhist ideology, among them the duty of kindness to animals. 

33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities, schools and special causes.

 

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Contents

THE MONKEY AND THE CROCODILE
1
PART I
4
HOW THE TURTLE SAVED HIS OWN LIFE
8
THE MERCHANT OF SERI
11
THE TURTLE WHO COULDNT STOP TALKING
16
THE OX WHO WON THE FORFEIT
19
THE SANDY ROAD
23
THE QUARREL OF THE QUAILS
28
THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH MERCHANT
40
THE ELEPHANT GIRLYFACE
47
THE BANYAN DEER
51
THE PRINCES AND THE WATERSPRITE
55
THE KINGS WHITE ELEPHANT
61
THE OX WHO ENVIED THE PIG
65
GRANNYS BLACKIE
67
THE CRAB AND THE CRANE
73

THE MEASURE OF RICE
31
THE FOOLISH TIMID RABBIT
35
WHY THE OWL IS NOT KING OF THE BIRDS
78
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