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Buddhist Folk Tales From Ancient Ceylon


Compiled by: Dick de Ruiter

Price: CAD $27.95

Publisher: Binkey Kok

Imprint: Binkey Kok

167 Pages

ISBN:  9789074597869 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 07/18/2005

On warm, full-moon nights before the holy day, the stories in this book were told in Singhalese. The verses were often sung to the people in Pali, the sacred language of the Buddhists, and then translated into Singhalese. This tradition, preserved by the people and the Buddhist monks of Ceylon (now part of modern-day Sri Lanka), goes back at least three hundred years. The tales, or jatakas, are possibly even older than the time when the Sakya, the Buddhist doctrine, was founded. It's also very likely that some of them had been introduced into India from other countries. Others are obviously of a Buddhist origin. However, all of these jatakas have been adopted by the oldest-known tradition of the Buddhist doctrine, and even today they find a ready ear among the people of Ceylon.

The stories tell about the lives of the Buddha before his enlightenment. Some sound like fairy tales and others bring alive the provincial life of centuries ago. But all them contain moral teachings that are sometimes hidden, sometimes very obvious.

A delicious anthology of solemn Eastern wisdom wrapped up in simple stories of the people of ancient Ceylon.


Dick de Ruiter has been a yoga teacher since 1969 and since 1980 has specialized in the harmonic effects of sound. He is the author of the Binkey Kok Publications Book & CD series including Healing Sounds of Didgeridoo and The Unique Singing Bowl.



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