New book: The Ten Great Birth Stories of the Buddha

I was really delighted this morning to find a parcel waiting for me at work – my first copies of a long-awaited publication. The book is a translation, with Sarah Shaw, of the final ten jātaka stories of the great Pāli collection. It is a fantastic set of stories that we have both come to love over the seven years that this project has been underway. It is a real delight to see the final result at last!

Mahanipata bookThe translation, in two volumes, is published by Silkworm Books, who are based in Thailand, and is available in hardback and paperback. It includes rather a lot of colour images too, which were fun – if time consuming – to assemble, and which remind us that the stories don’t only have a history in words.

I hope that readers will enjoy the translations and our little introductions. Much gratitude is due to Joel at Silkworm for all his hard work getting the book to print, and to Trasvin for taking on the publication. We are also very grateful to everyone who helped by providing images or comments.


About naomiappleton

I work in the Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, where I research and teach subjects related to South and Southeast Asian religions.
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