Category Archives: Jataka

The Jātakas of the Mahāvastu

In the spirit of my last post, I’d like to share my research notes on the many jātaka stories found in the Mahāvastu. These fall into several categories, with some told as part of explanations of the career of a/the … Continue reading

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Summarising Jātaka Stories

I have been thinking a lot recently about the art of summarising stories. There are four reasons this is on my mind: – I finally reached number 100 on my mission to tweet all 547 stories of the Jātakatthavaṇṇanā. It … Continue reading

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Vessantara Jataka

Having recently submitted my own book to the publisher, I have been enjoying working through a backlog of reading other people’s! I particularly enjoyed devouring Steven Collins’ edited volume Readings of the Vessantara Jātaka, which came out with Columbia University … Continue reading

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Stories for school teaching

In the last few weeks I have been working particularly hard on a project with school teachers. A colleague – Alison Jack, a specialist in Christian parables – and I have been creating resources for school teachers that are based … Continue reading

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Victoria Wood teaches us about reincarnation

Yesterday it was announced that Victoria Wood, one of my favourite comedians, had passed away. I would like to pay her a little tribute by sharing the actually really quite scholarly thoughts provoked by listening to one of her songs, … Continue reading

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Sinxay: Renaissance of a Lao-Thai Epic Hero

Early this year I received a copy of Peter Whittlesey and Baythong Sayouvin Wittlesey’s new book Sinxay: Renaissance of a Lao-Thai Epic Hero, which they self-published late in 2015 after years of hard work. At its heart is an English retelling … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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