Jataka Tales of the Buddha: An Anthology, Volume 1 by Ken Kawasaki, Visakha Kawasaki

By Ken Kawasaki, Visakha Kawasaki

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This quantity, the 1st of 3, comprises one hundred ten tales. the full anthology comprises 217 of the unique 547 Jātakas. this isn't a brand new translation from the Pali, yet really a retelling of the tales in glossy English.

Whereas Western intellectuals search the essence of Buddhism in its doctrines and meditation practices, the normal Buddhists of Asia soak up the information and values in their non secular historical past via its wealthy narrative literature in regards to the Buddha and his disciples. the most well-liked selection of Buddhist tales is, definitely, the Jātakas. those are the tales of the Buddha's prior births, pertaining to his stories as he handed from lifestyles to existence to be able to changing into a Buddha. from time to time he's taking the shape of a chicken, every now and then he's born as a hare, a monkey, a prince, a service provider, or an ascetic, yet in every one case he makes use of the demanding situations he meets to develop in generosity, advantage, persistence, knowledge, and compassion. This anthology of Jatakas, ably advised via Ken and Visakha Kawasaki, is still trustworthy to the unique but provides the tales in transparent and straightforward language. It thereby makes the Jātakas obtainable even to younger readers and to these for whom English isn't their first language.

I wish that this number of Jātaka stories–entertaining, uplifting, soaking up, from time to time fun, yet constantly fascinating–will permit the trendy reader to understand the outstanding literary historical past of Buddhism and the easy fantastic thing about its simple teachings.

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Therefore for an adept no cost and no sacrifice are too great for keeping harmony within himself. A Sufi tries to keep harmony in his surroundings, the harmony which demands many sacrifices. It makes one endure what one is not willing to endure, it makes one overlook what one is not inclined to overlook, it makes one tolerate what one is not accustomed to tolerating, and it makes one forgive what one would never have forgotten if it had not been for the sake of harmony. But at whatever cost harmony is attained it is a good bargain, for harmony is the secret of happiness, and in the absence of this a person living in palaces and rolling in gold can be most unhappy.

If during the day an ill feeling comes to a person towards a friend or relative—a feeling of hatred, a feeling of annoyance, a feeling of criticism, a feeling of bitterness—and he wishes to protect his heart from such an impression, he should not think about it; knowing it to be poison, he should not let it enter. Purity of Life 25 Allowing it to enter is just like taking a poison into one’s blood, introducing a disease. Any bad impression from outside kept in one’s heart produces disease. The bitterness that one takes from others who perhaps have done something one did not like or toward whom one feels bitter is kept in one’s heart.

Good and bad do not exist when one is above them, for then one is pure from all shapes and colors, from all forms of life. It is like rising above heaven and hell; it is like touching the throne of God, it is like bathing in the truth of God. This is Purity of Life 27 real exaltation, when one has risen above one’s limitation and has become conscious of that perfection whom we call God, whom we worship and whom we love, and who is the ultimate purpose of our life. The Purification of the Mind The real purification of the mind is in purifying it from the thoughts and impressions which live in it as germs of disease.

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