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Buddhist Birth Stories: Jataka Tales

Rhys Davids (Translator)
Synopsis It is well known-amongst the Buddhist scriptures there is one book in which a large number of old stories, fables, and fairy tales lie enshrined in a edifying commentary: and have this been preserved for the study and emusement of later times. The Buddha, as occasion arose, was accustomed throughout his long career to explain and comment on the events happening around him by telling of similar event that had occured in his called the book of the 550 Jatakas or birthlets. The commentary to these gives for each Jataka, or birth story, and account of the events in Gotama's life which led to his first telling that particular story.
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Rhys Davids

Mrs. Rhys Davids (27 September 1857-26 June 1942), a well-known authority on Buddhism, undertook the difficult task of translating from original Pali a number of Buddhist works which justifiably earned her a place among the foremost scholars of Buddhism. She was a pupil of Prof. T.W. Rhys Davids whom she later married. Besides her translation of the Dhamma-Sangani under the title of A Buddhist Manual of Psychological Ethics, she undertook the translation and interpretation of a number of works on Abhidhamma. As the editor of the Pali Text Society, a number of other works were published under her guidance. She was also the author of a number of books and articles : The more well-known are : Buddhist Psychology, translation of Thera-Therigatha in English verse entitled Psalms of the Early Buddhist Brothers and Sisters, and The Wayfarers' Words (in three Vols.) and What was the Original Gospel in Buddhism?

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Title Buddhist Birth Stories: Jataka Tales
Author Rhys Davids
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187075333
length 256p.