Jataka Stories

The Jataka stories are one of the oldest folktale collections in the world. The Buddha supposedly used these stories to teach his followers, much as Jesus used parables. Each "jataka" is a "birth" of the Buddha in a previous lifetime, and at the end of the traditional Buddhist versions of the stories, the Buddha identifies who he was in the story. I have sometimes included that in the 100-word story (if there was room), and you can find the Buddha's explanation of each story in the bibliography provided for each story here.

To find out more about the Jataka stories, see Wikipedia: Jataka Tales.

Here is the code for a randomizer of Jataka stories:

<script type="text/javascript"> var display = " " </script><script src="https://widgets.lauragibbs.net/100/jataka.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

You can see the widget in action below; reload for a new story at random, or you can click here to browse all the Jataka stories:

No comments:

Post a Comment