Jātaka Stories in Theravāda Buddhism: Narrating the Bodhisatta Path

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - 176 oldal
Jakata stories (stories about the previous births of the Buddha) are very popular in Theravada Buddhist countries. This book explores the shifting role of the stories in Buddhist doctrine, practice and creative expression, finally placing this integral Buddhist genre back in the centre of scholarly understandings of the religion.

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What is Jātaka?
The Bodhisatta in Jātaka Stories
The Creation of a Jātaka Genre
Generic Conventions Embraced and Ignored
Jātakas and Buddhology
Jātakas and Biography
Jātaka Ideology in Practice
The Perfection of Storytelling

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Naomi Appleton is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for the History of Religion in Asia, Cardiff University, Wales. She began her studies of Buddhist birth stories as an undergraduate, and has pursued this area of research since that time, producing two theses (M.Phil. Cardiff, 2004 and D.Phil. Oxford, 2008) as well as several articles. She is now beginning a new project funded by the British Academy into the uses of birth stories in Buddhist and Jain literature.

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