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Buddhism Teaching Resources

Buddhism Teaching Resources

Teach about Buddhism with a little help from Edinburgh Buddhist Studies

Database of stories of the Buddha’s past lives

The jataka story of the monkey-king as illustrated at the ancient Indian site of Sanchi.

I’m a bit obsessed with jataka stories – tales of the past lives of the Buddha. They are a wonderful way into Buddhist ideas, concerns and characters, not to mention fantastic stories in their own right.

I made some teaching resources based around jataka stories for an earlier project – “Approaching Religion Through Story” – and you can download those resources from an earlier post.

For the full range, though, you might enjoy exploring my jataka database:

Although this was created primarily for scholarship and research, we always hoped it would be of interest to a general audience too. You can search the stories by theme (for example, all the stories about “craving” or all the stories about “friendship”) and for most there are open-access translations as well as additional information about texts, characters and places. There is even a growing bank of images that can be used to illustrate lessons and activities.

Naomi Appleton

(Photograph courtesy of James Hegarty)

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