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Jātaka



Stories of the Buddha's Former Births








Jātaka

Stories of the Buddha's Former Births


The Jātaka is a massive collection of Buddhist folklore about previous incarnations of the Buddha, both in human and animal form. Originally written in Pali, and dating to at least 380 BCE, the Jātaka includes many stories which have traveled afar. Many of these can be traced cross-culturally in the folklore of many countries.






Story

Tales of the Buddha's Former Births

1

Apaṇṇaka-jātaka: Praised be the Blessed One, the Arahat, the Perfect Buddha.

2

Vaṇṇupatha-jātaka: "Untiring, deep they dug"

3

Serivāṇija-jātaka: "If in this faith."

4

Cullaka-Seṭṭhi-jātaka: "With humblest start."

5

Taṇḍulanāli-jātaka: "Dost ask how much a peck of rice is worth?"

6

Devadhamma-Jātaka: "Those only 'godlike' call."

7

Kaṭṭhahāri-jātaka: "Your son am I."

8

Gāmani-jātaka: "Their heart’s desire."

9

Makhādeva-jātaka: "Lo! these grey hairs."

10

Sukhavihāri-jātaka: "The man who guards not."









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Vessantara-jātaka: "Ten boons," etc.