Explorers, researchers, theologians and politicians have long puzzled over the whereabouts of Suvarnabhumi, with references dating back to the Jataka tales
of the life of the Buddha, and ancient Buddhist accounts from the time of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, who ruled over much of the Indian subcontinent in the third century BC.
While this small group may seem shockingly out of place in a collection of instructional Buddhist verse, Rouzer brings in passages from jataka tales
and the Vimalakirti sutra to suggest that a Buddhist reader may have understood the women depicted in these poems as "unruly" more than seductive, making them "dangerous but also convertible" (p.
During the festival, the Myinkaba villagers march a parade with representation of the Jataka tales
of the lives of Buddha.
The prehistory of micro-narratives lies in the first written words, recorded from oral tales; in folk forms such as fables (notably Aesop's fables in the West) as well as worldwide parables laden with socio-cultural content (as in the Panchatantra and Jataka tales
Thus, while the Vessantara Jataka text which underlies this ceremony is known throughout the Buddhist world (25) and may be "the most famous of all Jataka tales
," (26) different cultures deal with it differently.
Several Buddhist texts including Jataka tales
mention Saint Agastya, whom many consider to be the father of Tamil language.
A great option for Zen beginners, the book playfully works with sutras (teachings), Bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) and jataka tales
Hussain's popular writings include Basti, Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat, Agay Samander hai, Shehr-e-Afsos, Jataka Tales
, Janam Kahanian and Wo Jo Kho Gaye.
"Agay Samander hai", "Shehr-e-Afsos", "Jataka Tales
", "Janam Kahanian" and "Wo Jo Kho Gaye".
In what follows I first survey jatakas found in early discourse literature, arguably the earliest strata of jataka tales
attested in Buddhist literature, in order to provide a background for evaluating the Ekottarika-agama discourse that reports a past life of the Buddha as a woman.
In the Jataka Tales
, stories about the Buddha's life before he was Buddha, there is a story about a parrot and a fig tree that demonstrates the joy that comes from this deep acceptance of both sides of our lives.