Before Buddha Was Buddha: Learning from the Jataka Tales

Before Buddha Was Buddha: Learning from the Jataka Tales

by Rafe Martin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614293545
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 518,076
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Rafe Martin is a lay Zen teacher in the Harada-Yasutani koan line. He is founding teacher of Endless Path Zendo, Rochester, NY, and is also an award-winning author and storyteller whose work has been cited in Time, Newsweek, NY Times, and USA Today.

He is the recipient of the prestigious Empire State Award for the body of his work, as well as multiple American Library Association Notable Book Awards and Parent’s Choice Gold Awards. He has been featured at such storytelling events as the Joseph Campbell Festival of Myth and Story, The Sierra Storytelling Festival, and the National Storytelling Festival. He is the father of two grown children and lives with his wife, Rose, in Rochester, NY.

Table of Contents

Preface: Just Like Us, the Buddha Had Difficulties ix

1 Prince Siddhartha: The Crisis of Leaving Home 1

2 The Banyan Deer: Hard Choices 11

3 The Naga King: The Treasure of Our Human Life 21

4 The Master Musician: A Bodhisattva's Anxiety and Self-Doubt 29

5 The Gardener Sage: Getting Free of Attachments 35

6 King of Kings: The Limit of Desire 43

7 Time Is Short: Letting Go, Heading Home 51

8 The Monkey Bodhisattva: The Horror of "Me and Mine" 59

9 Prince Temiya: Strength to Stand Firm 67

10 Two Cousins: Working with Karma 75

11 Great King Goodness: The Challenge of Nonviolence 85

12 The Monk Who Lied: Making Sense of Big Troubles 93

13 The Brave Parrot: Being Small in a Big, Troubled World 101

14 The Quarreling Quails: Arguments and Anger on the Path 111

15 The Bodhisattva Robber: What's Right, What's Wrong? 119

16 The Ogre Child: Finding the Way No Matter Who You Are 127

17 Hairy Kassapa: Even Great Sages Make Mistakes 135

18 Touching the Earth 141

Appendix: A Dream within a Dream-a Zen View 149

Bibliography 157

Index 161

About the Author 167

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