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The Jatakas: Birth Stories of the Bodhisatta

Sarah Shaw (Author)

Associated with the living traditions of folk tale, drama and epic, the Jatakas recount the development of the Bodhisatta the being destined to become the present Buddha in his final life not just through the events of one lifetime but of hundreds. Written in Pali, the language of the Theravada Buddhist canon, the Jatakas comprise one of the largest and oldest collections of stories in the world dating from the fifth century to the third century. Generations in South and South East Asia have grown up with these tales.

This volume contains 26 stories drawn from various ancient sources, and each story reflects one of the ten perfections-giving, restraint, renunciation, wisdom, strength, acceptance, truthfulness, resolve, loving kindness and equanimity. A detailed introduction elaborates on the ten perfections, explains the forms of enlightenment as well as the structure, and the historical and geographical contexts of the stories. Sarah Shaw brings to life the teachings of Buddhism for the scholar and lay reader alike.

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About the author

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw was educated at Manchester University, where she read Greek and English. She did her doctorate in English Literature there and went on to the study of Pali and Sanskrit in Oxford. She has written a book about meditation in the Pali canon, which is being published as part of a series in connection with the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. She is a teacher and writer and is married with three children. A Buddhist for some years, she practices with the Samatha Association in Britain.

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Title The Jatakas: Birth Stories of the Bodhisatta
Author Sarah Shaw
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2006
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780144001477
length 339p., 7.8" X 5.1"