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Jataka Tales

Jataka Tales

Jataka Tales

Jataka Tales – Indian Folktales

The Jataka Tales are dated between 300 BC and 400 AD. The Jataka Tales are part of sacred Buddhist Literature. Many of the tales are set in or near Benares, now called Varanasi, a city in north central India on the Ganges River. One of the world’s oldest cities, Varanasi is the most sacred place for Hindus. Buddhists and Muslims also have important religious sites nearby. According to tradition, Buddha began his teaching at Sarnath a short distance from this city.

The Jātakas refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births of the Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form.

  1. How an Ungrateful Son Planned to Murder His Old Father Once upon a time, when Brahmadatta was ...
  2. Sulasa and Sattuka Once upon a time when Brahmadatta was ...
  3. The Language of Animals Once upon a time when a king ...
  4. The Timid Hare and the Flight of the Beasts Once upon a time when Brahmadatta reigned ...
  5. The People Who Saw the Judas Tree Once on a time Bramadatta, the King ...
  6. The Monkey’s Heart Once upon a time, while Brahmadatta was ...
  7. How a Parrot Told Tales of His Mistress and Had His Neck Wrung Once upon a time, when Brahmadatta was ...
  8. The Tortoise That Refused to Leave Home Once on a time, when Brahmadatta was ...
  9. The Golden Mallard Once upon a time when Brahmadatta was ...
  10. The Mosquito and the Carpenter Once on a time when Brahmadatta was ...
  11. The Future Buddha as a Wise Judge A woman, carrying her child, went to ...
  12. How The Turtle Saved His Own Life A king once had a lake made ...
  13. The Merchant of Seri There was once a merchant of Seri ...
  14. The Ox Who Won the Forfeit Long ago a man owned a very ...
  15. The Sandy Road Once upon a time a merchant, with ...
  16. The Quarrel of the Quails Once upon a time many quails lived ...
  17. The Measure of Rice At one time a dishonest king had ...
  18. The Foolish, Timid Rabbit Once upon a time, a Rabbit was ...
  19. The Wise and the Foolish Merchant Once upon a time in a certain ...
  20. The Elephant Named Girly-Face Once upon a time a king had ...
  21. The Banyan Deer There was once a Deer the color ...
  22. The Princes and the Water-Sprite Once upon a time a king had ...
  23. The King’s White Elephant Once upon a time a number of ...
  24. The Ox Who Envied the Pig Once upon a time there was an ...
  25. Granny’s Blackie Once upon a time a rich man ...
  26. The Crab and the Crane In the Long Ago there was a ...
  27. Why the Owl is not King of the Birds Why is it that Crows torment the ...
  28. Crossing the Wilderness While the Buddha was staying at Jetavana ...
  29. The Traders of Seriva So that a disheartened bhikkhu would have ...
  30. The Goat That Laughed and Wept One day, while the Buddha was staying ...
  31. The Straw Worth More Than Gold The Buddha told this story at Jetavana ...
  32. The Miserly Treasurer This story was told by the Buddha ...
  33. What’s in a Name? The Buddha told this story while at ...
  34. The Great Monkey King One day in Jetavana Monastery bhikkhus began ...
  35. The Queen’s Necklace The Buddha told this story at Jetavana ...
  36. The Sound the Hare Heard One morning while some bhikkhus were on ...
  37. A Good Friend The Buddha told this story at Jetavana ...
  38. The Fifth Precept Once, while the Buddha was staying at ...
  39. The Jackal’s Judgment While staying in Jetavana the Buddha told ...
  40. The Virtuous Wife During a stay in Veluvana, the Buddha ...
  41. The Sixteen Dreams One morning, when the ministers and brahmans ...
  42. The Elephant Who Saved a Kingdom One day, while Buddha was staying at ...
  43. Prince Five-weapons Buddha told this story while at Jetavana ...
  44. The Baby Quail While he was on tour through Magadha, ...
  45. The Case of the Hollow Canes Buddha told this story while journeying through ...
  46. King Goodness the Great Once upon a time, in Benares in ...
  47. Rebirth of the Bodhisatta Once upon a time in the city ...
  48. The Whatnot Tree Once upon a time there was a ...
  49. Gaining Power The baby grew into a little boy. ...
  50. A Gang of Drunkards Once upon a time, when Brahmadatta was ...
  51. Giving Up Power This story happened very long ago, at ...
  52. A Huge Lump of Gold Once upon a time there was a ...
  53. The Priest Who Gambled With a Life Once upon a time, there was a ...
  54. A Prince of Monkeys Once upon a time there was a ...
  55. Two Mothers Once upon a time there was a ...
  56. Mr Monkey and Sir Crocodile Once upon a time, Mr. Monkey was ...
  57. Two Ways of Beating a Drum Once upon a time there was a ...
  58. The Strong Minded Snake Once upon a time there was a ...
  59. Country Man and City Wife Once upon a time, there was a ...
  60. A Wife and Mother Who Was a Sister First Once upon a time some bandits robbed ...
  61. The Wicked Lady and the Buttermilk Wise Man Once upon a time, a very rich ...
  62. The Wisdom of Queen Tenderhearted Once upon a time, the Enlightenment Being ...
  63. The Green Wood Gatherer Once upon a time there was a ...
  64. Four on a Log Once upon a time, King Brahmadatta of ...
  65. New Homes for the Tree Spirits Once upon a time, as happens to ...
  66. The Shovel Wise Man Once upon a time, the Enlightenment Being ...
  67. The Elephant King Goodness Once upon a time the Enlightenment Being ...
  68. The Fish Who Worked a Miracle Once upon a time, the Enlightenment Being ...
  69. The Meditating Security Guard Once upon a time, the Enlightenment Being ...
  70. A Motherless Son Once upon a time, King Brahmadatta was ...
  71. The Frightening Sound of ‘Munch, Munch, Munch’ “Indeed,” said King Brahmadatta to the humble ...
  72. The Sixteen Frightening Dreams Once upon a time there was a ...
  73. Forest Monks in a King’s Pleasure Garden Once upon a time, there was a ...
  74. Illisa the Cheap Once upon a time, there was a ...
  75. Fear Maker and Little Archer Some say that the world comes into ...
  76. Teaching King Brahmadatta bowed to the ground before ...
  77. Roaring Bulls With No Fight King Brahmadatta knelt down before the holy ...
  78. Poison Dice Once upon a time there was a ...
  79. One Way Hospitality Once upon a time there were two ...
  80. The Phoney Holy Man Once upon a time there was a ...
  81. The Bull Called Delightful Once upon a time, in the country ...
  82. A Priest Who Worshiped Luck Once upon a time, the Enlightenment Being ...
  83. A Lesson From a Snake Once upon a time, King Brahmadatta of ...
  84. A Question From a Seven Year Old Once upon a time there was a ...
  85. A Hero Named Jinx Once upon a time, there was a ...
  86. The Curse of Mittavinda – Pleasure After seven days on the Indian Ocean, ...
  87. The Curse of Mittavinda – Greed Little did poor Mittavinda know that his ...
  88. The Curse of Mittavinda – Jealousy Once upon a time, there was a ...
  89. Clear-sighted the Great King of the World It is said that there are two ...
  90. The Holy Man Who Tried To Be Too Holy Once upon a time, the Enlightenment Being ...
  91. The Careless Lion Once upon a time, the Five Training ...
  92. The Mystery of the Missing Necklace – The Mystery is Solved Meanwhile, the royal minister who happened to ...
  93. The Mystery of the Missing Necklace – One Crime Leads to Another Once upon a time, King Brahmadatta was ...
  94. A Mother’s Wise Advice Once upon a time, the son of ...
  95. Achieving Nothing Once upon a time the Bodhisatta – ...
  96. A Man Named Wise Once upon a time, the Enlightenment Being ...
  97. A Man Named Bad Once upon a time there was a ...
  98. A Feast in the Palace Finally they arrived at Takkasila. The she-devil ...
  99. The Prince and the She-devils Once upon a time King Brahmadatta was ...
  100. Beauty and Brownie Two Deer named Beauty and Brownie lived ...
  101. The Brave Little Bowman Once upon a time there was a ...
  102. The Foolhardy Wolf A lion bounded forth from his lair ...
  103. The Hawks And Their Friends A family of Hawks lived on an ...
  104. How the Monkey Saved his Troop A mango-tree grew on the bank of ...
  105. The Otters and the Wolf One day a Wolf said to her ...
  106. The Penny-wise Monkey Once upon a time the king of ...
  107. Prince Wicked and the Grateful Animals Once upon a time a king had ...
  108. The Red-Bud Tree Once upon a time four young princes ...
  109. The Stolen Plow At one time there were two traders ...
  110. The Stupid Monkeys Once upon a time a king gave ...
  111. The Three Fishes Once upon a time three Fishes lived ...
  112. The Tricky Wolf and the Rats Once upon a time a Big Rat ...
  113. The Wise Goat and the Wolf Once upon a time, many, many wild ...
  114. The Woodpecker and the Lion One day while a Lion was eating ...
  115. The Woodpecker, Turtle, and Deer Once upon a time a Deer lived ...