Once the Buddha Was a Monkey Arya Sura's Jatakamala

ISBN-10: 0226782158

ISBN-13: 9780226782157

Edition: 2006

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Here is one of the most entertaining masterpieces of Sanskrit literature rendered in an English translation that fully captures the original's artistry and charm. Written most probably in the fourth century A.D., the Jatakamala is generally considered the masterpiece of Buddhist literature in Sanskrit. In elegant, courtly style, Arya Sura retells thirty-four traditional stories about the Buddha in his previous incarnations, human and animal. Whether as a king, a brahmin, a monkey, or a hare, the Great One is shown in assiduous pursuit of virtue and compassion. Though primarily intended as exemplary tales illustrating the Buddhist virtues, these stories also provide a vivid picture of life at a high point in ancient Indian culture--city life in ordinary households or at the royal court, and country life against a backdrop of mountain, desert, and jungle. Fresh study of the Sanskrit manuscripts, now scattered in libraries all over the world, has enabled Peter Khoroche to make this new translation faithful to the original in both style and content. His explanatory notes will assist student and general reader alike in appreciating this classic from an ancient and exotic civilization. "The general reader will be highly grateful for this new translation which, besides being beautifully printed, is rounded off with a very informative and reliable introduction."--Renate Sohnen-Thieme, "Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies ""One would be a fool not to welcome the chance to read thisbook."--Richard Gombrich, "Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society"
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Prologue
The Tigress
Sibi
The Dumpling
The Merchant
Avisahya the Merchant
The Hare
Agastya
Maitribala
Visvamtara
The Sacrifice
Sakra
The Brahmin
Unmadayanti
Suparaga
The Lord of the Fish
The Young Quail
The Jar Full of Spirits
The Man without an Heir
The Lotus Stalks
The Royal Treasurer
Bodhi
The King of the Geese
Bodhi the Wandering Ascetic
The Great Ape
The Ibex
The Antelope
The King of the Monkeys
Ksantivadin
The Inhabitant of Highest Heaven
The Elephant
Sutasoma
Ayogrha, the Prince in the Iron House
The Buffalo
The Woodpecker
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
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