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The Gatakamala

The Gatakamala
Item Code: IDC211
Author: J.S. Speyer
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1990
ISBN: 8120807073
Pages: 377
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"

About the Book:

This is the first Indian edition of Speyer's English translation of Aryasura's Gatakamala (Garland of Birth Stories). The work belongs to the Canon of the Northern Buddhists. It contains thirty-four Gataka legends woven into the ethical and religious discourses that either magnify the glory of the Buddha or illustrate Buddhist doctrine and precepts by appropriate examples.

The book is a first-rate document for the study of Mahayana Buddhism. Interspersed with the moral maxims the accounts of the marvelous deeds of the Bodhisattva are meant to inspire the reader with a stronger faith in the Buddha or an extraordinary zeal for self-sacrifice.

The translation is authentic and authoritative. The reader will derive adequate knowledge and inspiration as from the original text.



Introductory Stanzas

  1. The Story of the Tigress
  2. The Story of the King of the Sibis
  3. The Story of the Small Portion of Gruel
  4. The Story of the Head of a Guild
  5. The Story of Avishahya, the Head of a Guild
  6. The Story of the Hare
  7. The Story of Agastya
  8. The Story of Maitribala
  9. The Story of Visvantara
  10. The Story of the Sacrifice
  11. The Story of Sakra
  12. The Story of the Brahman
  13. The Story of Unmadayanti
  14. The Story of Suparaga
  15. The Story of the Fish
  16. The Story of the Quail's Young
  17. The Story of the Jar
  18. The Story of the Childless One
  19. The Story of the Lotus-Stalks
  20. The Story of the Treasurer
  21. The Story of Kuddabodhi
  22. The Story of the Holy Swans
  23. The Story of Mahabodhi
  24. The Story of the Great Ape
  25. The Story of the Sarabha
  26. The Story of the Ruru-Deer
  27. The Story of the Great Monkey
  28. The Story of Kshantivadin
  29. The Story of the Inhabitant of the Brahmaloka
  30. The Story of the Elephant
  31. The Story of Sutasoma
  32. The Story of Ayogriha
  33. The Story of the Buffalo
  34. The Story of the Woodpecker
Synoptical Table of the Correspondence between the Stanzas of the Gatakamala and the Scripture verses of the Pali Gataka


Transliteration of Oriental Alphabets adopted for the Translations of the Sacred Books of the Buddhists.

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