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Endless Path: Awakening Within the Buddhist Imagination: Jataka Tales, Zen Practice, and Daily Life

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***WINNER, 2011 Storytelling World Resource Award – Best Storytelling Collection

The jataka tales—stories of the Buddha’s past lives (in both human and animal form)—were first said to have been told by the Buddha himself 2,500 years ago. Five hundred and fifty jataka tales comprise part of the oldest Buddhist text, the Pali Canon. From this wealth of folklore, award-winning author and storyteller Rafe Martin has chosen ten tales that illustrate the ideals of the Buddhist paramitas, or “perfections” of character: giving, morality, forbearance, vitality, focused meditation, wisdom, compassionate skillful means, resolve, strength, and knowledge. Artist and designer Richard Wehrman helps bring the spirit of these stories alive with rich illustrations that open each chapter.

Endless Path presents these ancient stories, usually reduced to children’s tales in the West, for adults, reconnecting modern seekers with the more imaginative roots of Buddhism. The jatakas help readers see their own lives, their failures and renewed efforts, in the same light as the challenges the Buddha faced—not as obstacles but as opportunities for developing character and self-understanding. Endless Path demonstrates the relevance of these tales to Buddhist lay practitioners today, as well as to those more broadly interested in Buddhist teaching and the ancient art of storytelling.

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Rafe Martin maintains an active schedule of appearances at libraries, schools, and Zen centers across the country. His works have been cited in Time, Newsweek, and USA Today. He was the 2008 recipient of the Empire State Award from the New York Library Association. The author of over 20 books including Birdwing, The Rough-Face Girl, and One Hand Clapping, he lives in Rochester, NY.

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ISBN:
9781556439322
Subtitle:
Awakening Within the Buddhist Imagination: Jataka Tales, Zen Practice, and Daily Life
Author:
Martin, Rafe
Author:
Wehrman, Richard
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Zen
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100928
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.47 x 5.52 x .61 in .86 lb

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