July 14, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Dear members of the Manchester Buddhism Sangha,
For the monthly book discussions in June and July, we will read a selection of Jataka Tales. The readings are available for FREE on www.buddhanet.net (please see the links below).
The Jataka Tales, over millennia, have been seminal to the development of many civilizations, the cultivation of moral conduct and good behavior, the growth of a rich and varied literature in diverse parts of the world and the inspiration for painting, sculpture and architecture of enduring aesthetic value. The Buddha himself used jataka stories to explain concepts like kamma (karma) and rebirth and to emphasize the importance of certain moral values. A Jataka bhanaka (jataka storyteller) is mentioned to have been appointed even as early as the time of the Buddha. Today, these stories are ever more relevant in the fragmented societies of today.
For each discussion, please pick a couple of your favorite stories for discussion!
Yours in Dharma – A Di Da Phat,
Aurore Eaton, Organizer
Manchester Buddhism Sangha
READINGS FOR JUNE AND JULY 2014
Jataka Tales – Buddhist Tales for Young and Old – As told by Prince Goodspeaker (Venerable Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Translator and Todd Anderson, Storyteller
Book Discussion – Monday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. – Barnes & Nobles café – Manchester
(Please note that this date has been changed from June 9)
Book Discussion – Monday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. – Barnes & Nobles café – Manchester