Jataka Tales of the Buddha: An Anthology, Volume 3 by Ken Kawasaki, Visakha Kawasaki

By Ken Kawasaki, Visakha Kawasaki

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This quantity comprises sixteen Jataka stories retold in smooth English. it's the final of 3 volumes, which come with 217 of the 547 tales from the unique Pali. Jataka stories are the tales the Buddha advised of his earlier lives. they're occasionally funny, occasionally touching, yet regularly instructive in morality and the Dhamma.

Originally translated in English at first of the 20th century, those stories tackle new lifestyles during this fascinating retelling. while many contemporary collections have awarded the Jatakas as fables for kids, the following the authors have preserved even more of the unique drama, in order that they are compatible for readers of every age.

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And you are so prone to personalise them. Without causality there will be no order; nor purposeful action will be possible. M: Do you want to know all the causes of each event? Is it possible? Q: I know it is not possible! All I want to know is if there are causes for everything and the causes can be influenced, thereby affecting the events? M: To influence events, you need not know the causes. What a roundabout way of doing things! Are you not the source and the end of every event? Control it at the source itself.

M: You talk of the unconscious when there is a lapse in memory. In reality there is only consciousness. All life is conscious, all consciousness -- alive. Q: Even stones? M: Even stones are conscious and alive. Q: The worry with me is that I am prone to denying existence to what I cannot imagine. M: You would be wiser to deny the existence of what you imagine. It is the imagined that is unreal. Q: Is all imaginable unreal? M: Imagination based on memories is unreal. The future is not entirely unreal.

M: Consciousness itself is the source of everything. Q: Can there be life without consciousness? M: No, nor consciousness without life. They are both one. But in reality only the Ultimate is. The rest is a matter of name and form. And as long as you cling to the idea that only what has name and shape exists, the Supreme will appear to you non-existing. When you understand that names and shapes are hollow shells without any content whatsoever, and what is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness, you will be at peace -- immersed in the deep silence of reality.

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