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Before Buddha was Buddha : learning from the Jataka tales / Rafe Martin.

Martin, Rafe, 1946- (author.).
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Peabody PL - Columbia City NON-FICTION 294.3 MARTIN (Text) 30403002299543 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781614293545
  • ISBN: 1614293546
  • ISBN: 1614293546
  • Physical Description: xiii, 167 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, [2017]

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"Discover how ordinary beings-a deer, a robber, a monkey, a parrot, and more-make up the past lives of the Buddha before he was Buddha. The jataka tales are ancient Buddhist stories found in both the Pali Canon and Sanskrit tradition, recounting the many past lives and ongoing spiritual work of Shakyamuni Buddha on his way to his final birth as Siddhartha Gautama. In them we find the Buddha facing difficulties, making tough choices, doing hard work, falling down and getting back up-the kind of continuing effort of spiritual practice that all beings face. Before Buddha was Buddhafocuses on a selection of particular jataka tales in which the Buddha in past lives faces temptations and struggles with self-doubt as well as his own shortcomings. In these tales he's not beyond life's messes-its challenges and disasters-but is down in the mix, trudging through the mud with the rest of us. Each story, presented in brief, is followed by a commentary pointing to its relevance to our lives and practice-realization today."-- From
Subject: Tipiṭaka. Suttapiṭaka. Khuddakanikāya. Jātaka > Paraphrases, English.
Jataka stories, English.
RELIGION / Buddhism / General.

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