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Apannaka Jataka

Apannaka Jataka Long, long ago, when Brahmadatta was reigning in Baranasi, there were two merchants in the city, one was a normal man and the other was the Bodhisattva. One day it so happened that the two merchants each loaded five hundred carts with costly wares of Baranasi and prepared to leave in the sameContinue reading “Apannaka Jataka”

Sīhacamma Jataka

SIHACAMMA JATAKA Once upon a time, when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisattva was born in a farmer’s family, and when he grew up he got a livelihood by tillage. At the same time there was a Merchant who used to go about hawking goods, which a donkey carried for him. Wherever he went,Continue reading “Sīhacamma Jataka”

Vessantara Jataka

VESSANTARA JATAKA King Sanjaya and his queen Phusati of Sivi loved each other dearly. When the queen became aware that she was carrying a child, she had six alms halls built, from which she distributed silver daily. As the birth of her child grew imminent, she expressed the wish to visit every part of herContinue reading “Vessantara Jataka”

Sibi Jataka

SIBI JATAKA  The kingdom of Sibi produced many virtuous kings of whom was the son and successor of King Ushinara. This new Sibi king was known for his philanthrophy among his other virtues.   One day, Indra and Agni came to test this. The two deities disguised themselves as a hawk and a pigeon. The hawkContinue reading “Sibi Jataka”

Mahakapi Jataka

MAHAKAPI JATAKA On the bank of the Ganges there was an enormous mango tree, its sweet fruit was of exquisite fragrance and flavor. One of its branches spread over the bank of the river, while another extended over the water.  One day, while the monkey king was eating the succulent fruit, he thought, “If anyContinue reading “Mahakapi Jataka”

Mahajanaka Jataka

MAHAJANAKA JATAKA There was a king, Mahajanaka, of Mithila in the kingdom of Videha. He had two sons, Aritthajanaka and Polajanaka. When the old king died, the elder brother, Aritthajanaka, became king, and the younger brother his viceroy.  In time the new king became suspicious of his brother’s popularity with the people and, fearful forContinue reading “Mahajanaka Jataka”

Chaddanta Jataka

CHADDANTA JATAKA Once the Bodhisatta was born as the king of Chaddanta elephants (chaddanta literally means “six tusks” and chaddanta elephants are the highest class of elephants often referred to in the Pali sources).  The body of the elephant king was pure white with red face and feet. He lived in a golden cave onContinue reading “Chaddanta Jataka”


JATAKAS The Jatakas are an important part of Buddhist art and literature. They describe the previous existences or births of the Buddha (the Enlightened One) when he appeared as Bodhisattvas (beings who are yet to attain enlightenment or moksha), in both human and non-human forms. These stories tell us how practicing different perfections or transcendental virtuesContinue reading “Jatakas”