Lecture 12 (Monday, October 29, 2012) – Nuns’ Tales: The Acceptance of Women
Whether they were meant to inspire imitation or something else?
Perhaps that first Jataka about the tiger was more about praying to the Buddha (different than do what
the Buddha is doing)
The Buddhist tradition went through a number of changes over time and it did become devotional
Pg. 125: If we were to look at the tigress Jataka, we could summarize it as the Buddha would do
anything for you
Pg. 128: If we were to look at the sibi Jataka, we could summarize it as the Buddha is willing to give
away anything and he gets rewarded
Pg. 131: The king has this speech on how good it is to give things away.
Pg. 132: What excuse, then, can a human being have for not being generous?
Pg. 134: How the hare sacrificed itself
Can one be too generous though?
Vistaka gives away his children to a mean Brahmin and he gives away his wife
What happens at the end of the story is that he gets everything back
Even though generousity may be seen as something painful, or hard to do, the king/prince still does it
and like Sibi, he is fine and gets everything back
Jatakamala = garland birth stories
A lot of this literature is highly literate
This text was written in Sanskrit
In the Pali tradition, there are 547 Jatakas
Jatakamala has 33
This text is targeted more to a royal patron and it is saying how good it is to be generous and help
This text was written to make the rich more generous
The future Buddha is going to be Maitreya
From the Book of the Discipl