Jataka Tales – The Magic Chant

LESSONS IN LIVING FROM THE JATAKA TALES : A word of caution to all those who enjoy being greedy or arrogant, you are on the road to eventual unhappiness. These Jataka tales make an undeniable case for the Buddhist ideal of right thinking and right living. They also advise against idle gossip and impatience. When such wise teachings are accompanied by rollicking humor and exciting yarns, the popularity of these tales over two millennia is hardly surprising!

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The ‘Jataka’ (Birth-cycle) tales narrate the stories related to the ‘seekers of truth’ – those who wish to follow the path of Buddha. Of the 550 Jatakas that form the canon, many are about both animals and humans. The stories were originally compiled in the Pali language.

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