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The Jataka: Or Stories of the Buddha’s Former Births (6 Volumes in 3 Parts)

 
E.B. Cowell (Editor) Robert Chalmers (Translator)
Synopsis In India recollection of previous lives is a common feature in the histories of the saints and heroes of sacred tradition. The doctrine of transmigration, since the later Vedic period, has played such an important part in the history of the national character and religious ideas that even Buddhist literature has included the ages of the past as an authentic background to the founder’s historical life as Gautama. Jataka stories or birth-legends were widely known in the third century B.C. The Pali widely known in the third century BC. The Pali work, entitled “The Jataka” contains 537 stories of the Buddha’s former births. Each story, narrated by the Buddha himself, opens with a preface relating the particular circumstances in the Buddha’s life, revealing some events in the long series of his previous existences as a bodhisattva. At the end, the Buddha identifies the different actors in the story in their present births. These stories magnify the glory of the Buddha and illustrate Buddhist doctrines and precepts by appropriate examples. The foremost precepts by appropriate examples. The foremost interest of these legends lies in their relation to folklore giving a vivid picture of the social life and customs of ancient India. The famous translations of the Jataka Stories from Pali, edited by Prof. E.B. Cowell, are now once again being made available to the general public in three volumes.
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Bibliographic information

Title The Jataka: Or Stories of the Buddha’s Former Births (6 Volumes in 3 Parts)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8120807251
length xxvi+324p., xx+316p., xx+328p., xii+320p., xiv+288p., viii+314+63p., Notes; Index.