Jataka Tales of the Buddha: An Anthology, Volume 2
Ken Kawasaki, Visakha Kawasaki
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This volume, the second of three, contains 91 stories. The entire anthology contains 217 of the original 547 Jātakas. This is not a new translation from the Pali, but rather a retelling of the stories in modern English.
Originally translated in English at the beginning of the twentieth century, these tales take on new life in this exciting retelling. Whereas many recent collections have presented the Jatakas as fables for children, here the authors have preserved much more of the original drama, so that they are suitable for readers of all ages.
branch and scatter this dust.” Then they went into the city for alms. That morning, Venerable Sāriputta, after first sweeping the monastery, refilling the water pots, and tending the sick, also went into Sāvatthī to collect alms. When he saw the branch, he asked the boys what it meant, and they repeated what the four women ascetics had said. He ordered the boys to knock the branch down and to trample on it. “Tell those who left this bough to come and see me at Jetavana when they have finished
clambered back to shore, where they collapsed, gasping and coughing up water. “What a mess!” one of them cried. “Half the night, a miserable osprey kept putting out our fire, and then we were almost drowned when this turtle pulled us into the lake!” “You’re right,” said another, “but it’s too late to go home. Let’s build another fire and dry off. In the morning, we’ll catch those little hawks and have some breakfast.” As they noisily gathered dry sticks for yet another fire, the female
what each had to say. “Wisely has this family reflected on death. As Sakka, I am aware that all of you have also lived virtuously. For this, I wish to reward you. Henceforth, you need not work so hard to earn a living. I bestow upon your house an abundance of the seven precious things. As you give alms with this wealth, I urge you to continue keeping the precepts, observing the Uposatha days, and being mindful in all you do.” After filling their house with treasure as he had promised, Sakka
guarantee the happiness of those over whom I used to reign. Sire, understand this truth! If you wish to be a righteous ruler, the happiness of your kingdom, your cities, and your people must be dear to you. It must be dearer than life itself.” After teaching the king in this way, the noble monkey died. The king gave orders that the monkey king should have a royal funeral. He ordered his wives to carry torches to the cremation ground with their hair disheveled. The ministers sent one hundred
When the other students reported this to their teacher, he called Culla-Dhammapāla and asked him directly, “Is it true, Culla-Dhammapāla, that nobody ever dies young in your family?” “Yes, sir, that is true.” replied Culla-Dhammapāla. The teacher was amazed to hear this and decided to talk to Culla-Dhammapāla’s father about it. “If this is true,” he thought, “it must be because of the way they live. I must learn what it is and follow their example. I wonder what their rules of virtue are.”