Jātaka Stories Database

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Fortyeightvows
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Jātaka Stories Database

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This is a very good new website-

https://jatakastories.div.ed.ac.uk/
Jātaka Stories is a free online searchable database of jātakas in Indian texts and art.

For the purposes of this project, we define a jātaka as any story of a past lifetime of the most recent Buddha (Śākyamuni, Gotama) regardless of whether or not the story is labelled jātaka in the text. This distinction is somewhat arbitrary, given the overlap with other genres, especially avadāna, but we had to draw the boundaries somewhere. In visual sources, we consider a Story in Art worth including if it has been identified as depicting a jātaka, either through epigraphic evidence or the scholarship of art historians.

There are two basic units in the database: Story in Text and Story in Art. Each Story in Text belongs to a Textual Collection and each Story in Art belongs to an Artistic Site. The texts and sites currently included can be browsed from the main homepage. Further expansion is planned, including texts and art from other parts of Asia.

In addition to browsing from the homepage or from the list of Story Clusters (see more on these below), there are two search pages, for textual and visual jātakas respectively. These pages, accessible via tabs at the top of the site, contain a series of filters that, with each addition, gradually narrow the search results on the right-hand column. Please note that the search functions currently have some issues, and are being rebuilt for phase two of the project. Search results may change as a result of these changes.
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Re: Jātaka Stories Database

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This is fantastic, thank you. I wonder if anyone has committed the Jatakas to an audio book, I feel like that would be wonderful.
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difference between jataka and avadana ?

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What’s the difference between jataka and avadana ?
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Re: difference between jataka and avadana ?

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Fortyeightvows wrote: Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:18 am What’s the difference between jataka and avadana ?
A jataka is a past life story of a / the Buddha.

An avadana is a past life story of anyone else; it can also be a current-life biography or episode of one of the other disciples (Mahaprajapati's parinirvana is in an avadana collection, for instance). But normally, a past life story of someone else; I think the biographic episodes get lumped into the avadanas because the monks/nuns didn't know where else to put them.
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Re: Jātaka Stories Database

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Fortyeightvows wrote: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:02 am This is a very good new website-

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nice! i was looking for such thing :)
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