In this ten part lecture series Sarah Shaw explores several stories from the Jatakas, stories of the previous lives of the Gautama Buddha both in human and animal form. The stories are entertaining and allegorical. Sarah connects these tales from 4th and 5th century B.C.E. with their relevance for our lives today.
- Session 1: Sarah discusses the Bodhisatta vow and the 10 perfections, The Dīpaṃkara Jātaka
- Session 2: Sarah explains the structure of Jataka tales and explores why birth stories are important. She shares the story: Lost in the wilderness. Apaṇṇaka-jātaka: a True Story, Jātaka 1
- Session 3: Sarah explains how Jātakas were heard and how to cope with moral dilemmas, the people of Kuru and their code: Kurudhamma-Jātaka (Jātaka 276)
- Session 4: The historical background of the Jātakas. Why are birth stories important?
- Session 5: Protection and story of the golden peacock The Peacock Story, Mora Jātaka (Jātaka 159)
- Session 6: Sarah discusses Jātaka 541: Nemi Jātaka about king Nemi
- Session 7: Jataka 55: Pañcāvudha-jātaka, the five weapons story.
- Session 8: Jataka 385. Nandiyamiga-jātaka. The story of the Buddha’s life as Nandiya, the deer.
- Session 9: Mahosadha or Ummagga Jātaka , Jātaka 546
- Session 10: Sarah concludes the course with the final life of the Buddha
Chapter 0Duration: 12s
Chapter 1 Part 1Duration: 18min
Chapter 2 Part 1Duration: 24min
Chapter 3 Part 1Duration: 36min
Chapter 4 Part 1Duration: 38min
Chapter 5 Part 1Duration: 18min
Chapter 6 Part 1Duration: 37min
Chapter 7 Part 1Duration: 17min
Chapter 8 Part 1Duration: 27min
Chapter 9 Part 1Duration: 46min
Chapter 10 Part 1Duration: 09min
Chapter 11 Part 2Duration: 21s