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Jataka Tales are Birth Stories, 547 tales of the Buddha's former lives during his long journey as a Bodhisatta aspiring to Awakening. These are not merely stories, rather these were used by Buddha to inspire many disciples on the path to enlightenment and it is enlightenment which was the foremost goal for the Buddha which he wanted to kindle in many people.

(Many common terms found in the tales are presented at the end of this page. )

Book I.--Ekanipāta:

1. Apaṇṇaka-Jātaka
2. Vaṇṇupatha-Jātaka
3. Serivāṇija-Jātaka
4. Cullaka-Seṭṭhi-Jātaka - How a disheartened monk was miraculously helped by Buddha in meditation,  became enlightened in a short while and displayed a miracle of multiplying himself a thousand times when all monks were away from monastery.
5. Taṇḍulanāli-Jātaka
6. Devadhamma-Jātaka
7. Kaṭṭhahāri-Jātaka
8. Gāmani-Jātaka
9. Makhādeva-Jātaka
10. Sukhavihāri-Jātaka
11. Lakkhaṇa-Jātaka
12. Nigrodhamiga-Jātaka
13. Kaṇḍina-Jātaka
14. Vātamiga-Jātaka
15. Kharādiya-Jātaka
16. Tipallattha-Miga-Jātaka
17. Māluta-Jātaka
18. Matakabhatta-Jātaka
19. Āyācitabhatta-Jātaka
20. Naḷapāna-Jātaka
21. Kuruṅga-Jātaka
22. Kukkura-Jātaka
23. Bhojājānīya-Jātaka
24. Ājañña-Jātaka
25. Tittha-Jātaka
26. Mahilāmukha-Jātaka
27. Abhiṇha-Jātaka
28. Nandivisāla-Jātaka
29. Kaṇha-Jātaka
30. Muṇika-Jātaka
31. Kulāvaka-Jātaka
32. Nacca-Jātaka
33. Sammodamāna-Jātaka - Buddha gave discourse in his hometown Kapilavastu to his family regarding maintaining harmony between his & his in laws so as not to go to war for issues raised in Kunala Jataka(536).
34. Maccha-Jātaka
35. Vaṭṭaka-Jātaka
36. Sakuṇa-Jātaka
37. Tittira-Jātaka
38. Baka-Jātaka
39. Nanda-Jātaka
40. Khadiraṅgāra-Jātaka
41. Losaka-Jātaka
42. Kapota-Jātaka
43. Veḷuka-Jātaka
44. Makasa-Jātaka
45. Rohiṇī-Jātaka
46. Ārāmadūsaka-Jātaka
47. Vāruṇi-Jātaka
48. Vedabbha-Jātaka
49. Nakkhatta-Jātaka
50. Dummedha-Jātaka
51. Mahāsīlava-Jātaka
52. Cūḷa-Janaka-Jātaka
53. Puṇṇapāti-Jātaka
54. Phala-Jātaka
55. Pañcāvudha-Jātaka
56. Kañcanakkhandha-Jātaka
57. Vānarinda-Jātaka
58. Tayodhamma-Jātaka
59. Bherivāda-Jātaka
60. Saṁkhadhamana-Jātaka
61. Asātamanta-Jātaka - Sorrow Texts. A pupil learns Sorrow texts the hard way (about attraction to opposite sex).
62. Aṇḍabhūta-Jātaka
63. Takka-Jātaka
64. Durājāna-Jātaka
65. Anabhirati-Jātaka
66. Mudulakkhaṇa-Jātaka - About sexual passion, how it causes downfall even of saints
67. Ucchaṅga-Jātaka
68. Sāketa-Jātaka
69. Visavanta-Jātaka
70. Kuddāla-Jātaka
71. Varaṇa-Jātaka
72. Sīlavanāga-Jātaka
73. Saccaṁkira-Jātaka
74. Rukkhadhamma-Jātaka
75. Maccha-Jātaka2 - Buddha miraculously causes rain to appear in the time of drought
76. Asaṁkiya-Jātaka
77. Mahāsupina-Jātaka - King of Kosala has 16 dreams about future and explaining these, Buddha foretells mankind's moral degradation in times to come by.
78. Illīsa-Jātaka - Real story of conversion of a miser, who wanted to eat good food alone, but sees Buddha's disciples come by air to teach; later also sees Buddha giving food from a basket that never became empty.Then Buddha tells old life tale about a miser & fate of his wealth.
79. Kharassara-Jātaka
80. Bhīmasena-Jātaka
81. Surāpāna-Jātaka - Evil of intoxication; Real story of an elder monk with magical powers, who became powerless when drunk; Old life story of disciples who, when offered liqueur in alms by a King, forgot all teaching.
82. Mittavinda-Jātaka
83. Kālakaṇṇi-Jātaka
84. Atthassadvāra-Jātaka
85. Kimpakka-Jātaka
86. Sīlavīmaṁsana-Jātaka
87. Maṁgala-Jātaka
88. Sārambha-Jātaka
89. Kuhaka-Jātaka
90. Akataññu-Jātaka
91. Litta-Jātaka
92. Mahāsāra-Jātaka
93. Vissāsabhojana-Jātaka
94. Lomahaṁsa-Jātaka
95. Mahāsudassana-Jātaka
96. Telapatta-Jātaka
97. Nāmasiddhi-Jātaka
98. Kūṭavāṇija-Jātaka
99. Parosahassa-Jātaka
100. Asātarūpa-Jātaka
101. Parosata-Jātaka
102. Paṇṇika-Jātaka
103. Veri-Jātaka
104. Mittavinda-Jātaka2
105. Dubbalakaṭṭha-Jātaka
106. Udañcani-Jātaka
107. Sālittaka-Jātaka
108. Bāhiya-Jātaka
109. Kuṇḍakapūva-Jātaka
110. Sabbasaṁhāraka-Pañha
111. Gadrabha-Pañha
112. Amarādevī-Pañha
113. Sigāla-Jātaka
114. Mitacinti-Jātaka
115. Anusāsika-Jātaka
116. Dubbaca-Jātaka
117. Tittira-Jātaka2
118. Vaṭṭaka-Jātaka2
119. Akālarāvi-Jātaka
120. Bandhanamokkha-Jātaka - About lady Chincha who falsely accuses Buddha faking a pregnancy , gets exposed, then Buddha tells about her former life as a queen who lusted for 64 messengers of king.
121. Kusanāḷi-Jātaka
122. Dummedha-Jātaka2
123. Naṅgalīsa-Jātaka
124. Amba-Jātaka
125. Kaṭāhaka-Jātaka
126. Asilakkhaṇa-Jātaka
127. Kalaṇḍuka-Jātaka
128. Biḷāra-Jātaka
129. Aggika-Jātaka
130. Kosiya-Jātaka
131. Asampadāna-Jātaka
132. Pañcagaru-Jātaka
133. Ghatāsana-Jātaka
134. Jhānasodhana-Jātaka
135. Candābha-Jātaka
136. Suvaṇṇahaṁsa-Jātaka
137. Babbu-Jātaka
138. Godha-Jātaka
139. Ubhatobhaṭṭha-Jātaka
140. Kāka-Jātaka
141. Godha-Jātaka2
142. Sigāla-Jātaka2
143. Virocana-Jātaka
144. Naṅguṭṭha-Jātaka
145. Rādha-Jātaka
146. Kāka-Jātaka2
147. Puppharatta-Jātaka
148. Sigāla-Jātaka3
149. Ekapaṇṇa-Jātaka
150. Sañjīva-Jātaka

Book II. Dukanipāta:

151. Rājovāda-Jātaka
152. Sigāla-Jātaka4
153. Sūkara-Jātaka
154. Uraga-Jātaka
155. Gagga-Jātaka
156. Alīnacitta-Jātaka
157. Guṇa-Jātaka
158. Suhanu-Jātaka
159. Mora-Jātaka
160. Vinīlaka-Jātaka
161. Indasamānagotta-Jātaka
162. Santhava-Jātaka
163. Susīma-Jātaka
164. Gijjha-Jātaka
165. Nakula-Jātaka
166. Upasāḷha-Jātaka
167. Samiddhi-Jātaka
168. Sakuṇagghi-Jātaka
169. Araka-Jātaka
170. Kakaṇṭaka-Jātaka
171. Kalyāṇa-Dhamma-Jātaka
172. Daddara-Jātaka
173. Makkaṭa-Jātaka
174. Dūbhiya-Makkaṭa-Jātaka
175. Ādiccupaṭṭhāna-Jātaka
176. Kalāya-Muṭṭhi-Jātaka
177. Tiṇḍuka-Jātaka
178. Kacchapa-Jātaka
179. Satadhamma-Jātaka
180. Duddada-Jātaka
181. Asadisa-Jātaka
182. Saṁgāmāvacara-Jātaka
183. Vālodaka-Jātaka
184. Giridanta-Jātaka
185. Anabhirati-Jātaka2
186. Dadhi-Vāhana-Jātaka
187. Catumaṭṭa-Jātaka
188. Sīhakoṭṭhuka-Jātaka
189. Sīhacamma-Jātaka
190. Sīlānisaṁsa-Jātaka
191. Ruhaka-Jātaka
192. Siri-Kāḷakaṇṇi-Jātaka
193. Culla-Paduma-Jātaka
194. Maṇicora-Jātaka
195. Pabbatūpatthara-Jātaka
196. Valāhassa-Jātaka
197. Mittāmitta-Jātaka
198. NONAME-Jataka -See no evil; Story of two parrot brothers, one of them tells truth of evil & loses life
199. Gahapati-Jātaka
200. Sādhusīla-Jātaka
201. Bandhanāgāra-Jātaka
202. Keḷi-Sīla-Jātaka
203. Khandha-Vatta-Jātaka
204. Vīraka-Jātaka
205. Gaṅgeyya-Jātaka
206. Kuruṅga-Miga-Jātaka - Friendship; About Devadatta trying to kill Buddha; Old life story of 3 friends deer, woodpecker & tortoise, how they saved themselves from a hunter by cooperating together.
207. Assaka-Jātaka - Love-sickness; A monk lovesick of late wife; Old life story of a king in grief about dead queen, but queen was reborn as dung worm & denounces king & rather loves its mate dung-worm.
208. Suṁsumāra-Jātaka
209. Kakkara-Jātaka
210. Kandagalaka-Jātaka
211. Somadatta-Jātaka
212. Ucchiṭṭha-Bhatta-Jātaka
213. Bharu-Jātaka - Bribe; A group of people of different faith bribed king to have adjacent monastery to Lord Buddha's in order to disturb Buddha's disciples; Old life tale of two quarreling groups of hermits.
214. Puṇṇa-Nadī-Jātaka
215. Kacchapa-Jātaka2
216. Maccha-Jātaka3
217. Seggu-Jātaka
218. Kūṭa-Vāṇija-Jātaka
219. Garahita-Jātaka
220. Dhammaddhaja-Jātaka
221. Kāsāva-Jātaka
222. Cūla-Nandiya-Jātaka
223. Puṭa-Bhatta-Jātaka
224. Kumbhīla-Jātaka
225. Khanti-Vaṇṇana-Jātaka
226. Kosiya-Jātaka2
227. Gūtha-Pāṇa-Jātaka
228. Kāmanīta-Jātaka
229. Palāyi-Jātaka
230. Dutiya-Palāyi-Jātaka
231. Upāhana-Jātaka
232. Vīṇā-Thūṇa-Jātaka
233. Vikaṇṇaka-Jātaka
234. Asitābhū-Jātaka
235. Vaccha-Nakha-Jātaka
236. Baka-Jātaka2
237. Sāketa-Jātaka2
238. Ekapada-Jātaka
239. Harita-Māta-Jātaka
240. Mahāpiṅgala-Jātaka
241. Sabbadāṭha-Jātaka
242. Sunakha-Jātaka
243. Guttila-Jātaka
244. Vīticcha-Jātaka
245. Mūla-Pariyāya-Jātaka
246. Telovāda-Jātaka
247. Pādañjali-Jātaka
248. Kiṁsukopama-Jātaka
249. Sālaka-Jātaka
250. Kapi-Jātaka

Book III. Tika-Nipāta:

251. Saṁkappa-Jātaka
252. Tila-Muṭṭhi-Jātaka
253. Maṇi-Kaṇṭha-Jātaka
254. Kuṇḍaka-Kucchi-Sindhava-Jātaka
255. Suka-Jātaka
256. Jarudapāna-Jātaka
257. Gāmaṇi-Caṇḍa-Jātaka
258. Mandhātu-Jātaka - Desires are unending; A monk had desire for a woman; Old life tale of a king who desired to gain heaven, he did but when he had another desire of sole dominion over heaven by killing co-ruler of heaven , he lost it & came back on earth again.
259. Tirīṭa-Vaccha-Jātaka
260. Dūta-Jātaka
261. Paduma-Jātaka
262. Mudu-Pāṇi-Jātaka
263. Culla-Palobhana-Jātaka - Futile is sexual love; A monk became attracted to a woman; Old life story of a prince who became attached to a woman, became violent, was banished, saw a flying ascetic & so he became determined to become ascetic too ;
264. Mahā-Panāda-Jātaka
265. Khurappa-Jātaka
266. Vātagga-Sindhava-Jātaka
267. Kakkatā-Jātaka
268. Ārāma-Dūsa-Jātaka
269. Sujāta-Jātaka
270. Ulūka-Jātaka
271. Udapāna-Dūsaka-Jātaka
272. Vyaggha-Jātaka
273. Kacchapa-Jātaka3
274. Lola-Jātaka
275. NONAME-Jātaka2
276. Kurudhamma-Jātaka
277. Romaka-Jātaka
278. Mahisa-Jātaka
279. Satapatta-Jātaka
280. Puṭa-Dūsaka-Jātaka
281. Abbhantara-Jātaka - About wife of Buddha, joining the order as a nun in monastery & how she became sick and was provided with mango juice & sugar brought as alms from king's place.
282. Seyya-Jātaka
283. Vaḍḍhaki-Sūkara-Jātaka
284. Siri-Jātaka
285. Maṇisūkara-Jātaka
286. Sālūka-Jātaka
287. Lābha-Garaha-Jātaka
288. Macch-Uddāna-Jātaka
289. Nāna-Cchanda-Jātaka
290. Sīla-Vīmaṁsa-Jātaka
291. Bhadra-Ghaṭa-Jātaka
292. Supatta-Jātaka - About wife of Buddha (a nun now in monastery) who became sick and was given rice & fish brought from king in alms by Buddha's chief followers
293. Kāya-Vicchinda-Jātaka
294. Jambu-Khādaka-Jātaka
295. Anta-Jātaka
296. Samudda-Jātaka
297. Kāma-Vilāpa-Jātaka
298. Udumbara-Jātaka
299. Komāya-Putta-Jātaka
300. Vaka-Jātaka

Book IV. CATUKKANIPATA:

301. Cullakāliṅga-Jātaka
302. Mahāassāroha-Jātaka
303. Ekarāja-Jātaka
304. Daddara-Jātaka2
305. Sīlavīmaṁsana-Jātaka2
306. Sujāta-Jātaka2
307. Palāsa-Jātaka
308. Javasakuṇa-Jātaka
309. Chavaka-Jātaka
310. Sayha-Jātaka
311. Pucimanda-Jātaka
312. Kassapamandiya-Jātaka
313. Khantivādi-Jātaka
314. Lohakumbhi-Jātaka
315. Maṁsa-Jātaka
316. Sasa-Jātaka
317. Matarodana-Jātaka
318. Kanavera-Jātaka
319. Tittira-Jātaka3
320. Succaja-Jātaka
321. Kuṭidūsaka-Jātaka
322. Daddabha-Jātaka
323. Brahmadatta-Jātaka
324. Cammasāṭaka-Jātaka
325. Godha-Jātaka3
326. Kakkāru-Jātaka
327. Kākāti-Jātaka
328. Ananusociya-Jātaka
329. Kālabāhu-Jātaka
330. Sīlavīmaṁsa-Jātaka
331. Kokālika-Jātaka
332. Rathalaṭṭhi-Jātaka
333. Godha-Jātaka4
334. Rājovāda-Jātaka2
335. Jambuka-Jātaka
336. Brahāchatta-Jātaka
337. Pīṭha-Jātaka
338. Thusa-Jātaka
339. Bāveru-Jātaka
340. Visayha-Jātaka
341. Kaṇḍari-Jātaka
342. Vānara-Jātaka
343. Kuntani-Jātaka
344. Ambacora-Jātaka
345. Gajakumbha-Jātaka
346. Kesava-Jātaka
347. Ayakūṭa-Jātaka
348. Arañña-Jātaka
349. Sandhibheda-Jātaka
350. Devatāpañha-Jātaka

Book V. PANCANIPATA:

351. Maṇikuṇḍala-Jātaka
352. Sujāta-Jātaka3
353. Dhonasākha-Jātaka
354. Uraga-Jātaka2
355. Ghata-Jātaka
356. Kāraṇḍiya-Jātaka
357. Laṭukika-Jātaka
358. Culladhammapāla-Jātaka
359. Suvaṇṇamiga-Jātaka
360. Sussondi-Jātaka
361. Vaṇṇāroha-Jātaka
362. Sīlavīmaṁsa-Jātaka2
363. Hiri-Jātaka
364. Khajjopanaka-Jātaka
365. Ahiguṇḍika-Jātaka
366. Gumbiya-Jātaka
367. Sāliya-Jātaka
368. Tacasāra-Jātaka
369. Mittavinda-Jātaka3
370. Palāsa-Jātaka2
371. Dīghitikosala-Jātaka
372. Migapotaka-Jātaka
373. Mūsika-Jātaka
374. Culladhanuggaha-Jātaka
375. Kapota-Jātaka2

Book VI. CHANIPATA:

376. Avāriya-Jātaka
377. Setaketu-Jātaka
378. Darīmukha-Jātaka
379. Neru-Jātaka
380. Āsaṅka-Jātaka
381. Migālopa-Jātaka
382. Sirikālakaṇṇi-Jātaka
383. Kukkuṭa-Jātaka
384. Dhammaddhaja-Jātaba
385. Nandiyamiga-Jātaka
386. Kharaputta-Jātaka
387. Sūci-Jātaka
388. Tuṇḍila-Jātaka
389. Suvaṇṇakakkaṭa-Jātaka
390. Mayhaka-Jātaka
391. Dhajaviheṭha-Jātaka
392. Bhisapuppha-Jātaka
393. Vighāsa-Jātaka
394. Vaṭṭaka-Jātaka3
395. Kāka-Jātaka3

Book VII. SATTANIPATA:

396. Kukku-Jātaka
397. Manoja-Jātaka
398. Sutano-Jātaka
399. Gijjha-Jātaka2
400. Dabbhapuppha-Jātaka
401. Dasaṇṇaka-Jātaka
402. Sattubhasta-Jātaka
403. Aṭṭhisena-Jātaka
404. Kapi-Jātaka2
405. Baka-Brahma-Jātaka
406. Gandhāra-Jātaka
407. Mahākapi-Jātaka
408. Kumbhakāra-Jātaka
409. Daḷhadhamma-Jātaka
410. Somadatta-Jātaka2
411. Susīma-Jātaka2
412. Koṭisimbali-Jātaka
413. Dhūmakāri-Jātaka
414. Jāgara-Jātaka
415. Kummāsapiṇḍa-Jātaka
416. Parantapa-Jātaka

Book VIII. ATTHA-NIPATA:

417. Kaccāni-Jātaka
418. Aṭṭhasadda-Jātaka
419. Sulasā-Jātaka
420. Sumaṅgala-Jātaka
421. Gaṅgamāla-Jātaka
422. Cetiya-Jātaka
423. Indriya-Jātaka
424. Āditta-Jātaka
425. Aṭṭhāna-Jātaka
426. Dīpi-Jātaka

Book IX. NAVANIPATA:

427. Gijjha-Jātaka3
428. Kosambī-Jātaka
429. Mahāsuka-Jātaka
430. Cullasuka-Jātaka
431. Hārita-Jātaka
432. Padakusalamāṇava-Jātaka
433. Lomasakassapa-Jātaka
434. Cakkavāka-Jātaka
435. Haliddirāga-Jātaka
436. Samugga-Jātaka
437. Pūtimaṅsa-Jātaka
438. Tittira-Jātaka4

Book X. DASA-NIPATA:

439. Catu-Dvāra-Jātaka
440. Kaṇha-Jātaka2 - Story Buddha told at Kapilavastu (his hometown) when he was born as a brahmin earlier and asked Sakka boons for holy life only.
441. Catu-Posathika-Jātaka
442. Saṅkha-Jātaka
443. Culla-Bodhi-Jātaka
444. Kaṇhadīpāyana-Jātaka
445. Nigrodha-Jātaka
446. Takkaḷa-Jātaka
447. Mahā-Dhamma-Pāla-Jātaka
448. Kukkuṭa-Jātaka2
449. Maṭṭa-Kuṇḍali-Jātaka
450. Biḷāri-Kosiya-Jātaka
451. Cakka-Vāka-Jātaka
452. Bhūri-Pañha-Jātaka
453. Mahā-Maṅgala-Jātaka - Buddha teaches futility of believing in omens & signs of fate and then tells what should be practiced in its place
454. Ghata-Jātaka2 - Story of Krishna & Balram , Buddha was their brother named Ghatpandita

Book XI. EKADASA-NIPATA:

455. Māti-Posaka-Jātaka
456. Juṇha-Jātaka
457. Dhamma-Jātaka
458. Udaya-Jātaka
459. Pānīya-Jātaka
460. Yuvañjaya-Jātaka
461. Dasaratha-Jātaka - Story of Ram, Laksman & Sita. Buddha admits that he was Ram in a previous birth
462. Saṁvara-Jātaka
463. Suppāraka-Jātaka

Book XII. DVADASA-NIPATA:

464. Culla-Kuṇāla-Jātaka
465. Bhadda-Sāla-Jātaka - How hatred based on caste causes destruction
466. Samudda-Vāṇija-Jātaka - Death of Devadatta the heretic & opponent of Buddha, who caused schism in the order
467. Kāma-Jātaka
468. Janasandha-Jātaka
469. Mahā-Kaṇha-Jātaka
470. Kosiya-Jātaka3
471. Meṇḍaka-Jātaka
472. Mahā-Paduma-Jātaka
473. Mittāmitta-Jātaka2

Book XIII. TERASA-NIPATA:

474. Amba-Jātaka2
475. Phandana-Jātaka
476. Javana-Haṁsa-Jātaka
477. Culla-Nārada-Jātaka
478. Dūta-Jātaka2
479. Kāliṅga-Bodhi-Jātaka - Buddha performs a miracle of instant growing Bo(Pipal)-tree  at Jetavana Monastery with seed taken from original Bodhi-tree (from Gaya).
480. Akitta-Jātaka
481. Takkāriya-Jātaka
482. Ruru-Jātaka
483. Sarabha-Miga-Jātaka- Buddha performs a miracle of an instant growing Mango tree, then flies in air  and then goes to heaven world to teach gods(angels) there & then after three months descended to earth in another city.

Book XIV. PAKINNAKA-NIPATA :

484. Sālikedāra-Jātaka
485. Canda-Kinnara-Jātaka - Buddha return to his kingdom (Kapilavastu) for the first time after attaining enlightenment and meets his weeping wife who had also taken to the simple life like a  nun when he had left. He praises her good qualities and tells an ealier birth story that she had been faithful in previous lives too.
486. Mahā-Ukkusa-Jātaka
487. Uddālaka-Jātaka
488. Bhisa-Jātaka
489. Suruci-Jātaka
490. Pañc-Ūposatha-Jātaka
491. Mahā-Mora-Jātaka
492. Taccha-Sūkara-Jātaka
493. Mahā-Vāṇija-Jātaka
494. Sādhīna-Jātaka
495. Dasa-Brāhmaṇa-Jātaka
496. Bhikkhā-Parampara-Jātaka

Book XV. VISATI-NIPATA:

497. Mātaṅga-Jātaka
498. Citta-Sambhūta-Jātaka
499. Sivi-Jātaka
500. Sirimanda-Jātaka
501. Rohanta-Miga-Jātaka
502. Haṁsa-Jātaka
503. Sattigumba-Jātaka
504. Bhallāṭiya-Jātaka
505. Somanassa-Jataka
506. Campeyya-Jātaka
507. Mahā-Palobhana-Jātaka
508. Pañca-Paṇḍita Jātaka
509. Hatthi-Pāla Jātaka
510. Ayoghara-Jātāka

Book XVI. TIMSANIPATA:

511. Kiṁchanda-Jātaka
512. Kumbha-Jātaka
513. Jayaddisa-Jātaka
514. Chaddanta-Jataka
515. Sambhava-Jātaka
516. Mahākapi-Jātaka2
517. Dakarakkhasa-Jātaka
518. Paṇḍara-Jātaka
519. Sambula-Jātaka
520. Gaṇḍatindu-Jātaka

Book XVII. CATTALISANIPATA:

521. Tesakuṇa-Jātaka
522. Sarabhaṅga-Jātaka
523. Alambusā-Jātaka
524. Saṁkhapāla-Jātaka
525. Culla-Sutasoma-Jātaka

Book XVIII. PANNASANIPATA:

526. Naḷinikā-Jātaka
527. Ummadantī-Jātaka
528. Mahābodhi-Jātaka

Book XIX. SATTHINIPATA:

529. Sonaka-Jātaka
530. Saṁkicca-Jātaka

Book XX. SATTATINIPATA:

531. Kusa-Jātaka
532. Sona-Nanda-Jātaka

Book XXI. ASITINIPATA:

533. Cullahaṁsa-Jātaka - Devadatta the heretic tries to kill Buddha with the help of king's drunken elephant Nalagiri, but Buddha survives and tames the elephant.
534. Mahāhaṁsa-Jātaka
535. Sudhābhojana-Jātaka
536. Kuṇāla-Jātaka - Buddha displays a miracle of levitating in air; preaches & stops a war between his clan(Shakya) and his wife's clan(Koliya) ; later flies in air with 500 monks to show them Himalayas from above.
537. Mahā-Sutasoma-Jātaka

Book XXII. MAHANIPATA:

538. Muga-Pakkha-Jataka
539. Mahajanaka-Jataka
540. Sama-Jataka
541. Nimi-Jataka - Descriptions of hell and heaven 
542. The-Khandahala-Jataka - Devadatta tried to kill Buddha using king's 130 archers, Buddha survives & converts them all, then tells a story of past life about Devadatta when he was a king who desired to reach heaven by killing all his family by sacrifice as conspired by his priest.
543. Bhuridatta-Jataka
544. Mahanaradakassapa-Jataka
545. Vidhurapandita-Jataka
546. The-Maha-Ummagga-Jataka
547. Vessantara-Jataka - Buddha returns to his father's kingdom (Kapilavastu) and in a gathering, displays a miracle of levitating in air and wins their confidence.

Common Terms found In Jataka Tales:---

Note-1 : At the end of most tales the listeners of Buddha are depicted as attaining First path, Second path , Third Path or Fourth path. These are explained here. (These are also in the Jataka no. 1)

Buddhist Eightfold Path of practicing Meditation (with righteous living) results in four stages of achievements also called as Chattaro Magga (Four paths) :

First Path(First magga)--Called Sotapanna,stream winner, with removal of many sins/karma in meditation,first time one experiences the nirvana state in trance, will be reborn 7 times only as human/angel to remove imperfections with meditation & then surely gets Nirvana.

Second Path(Second magga)--Called Sakdagami, has little sin/karma left,with meditation one experiences the nirvana state few times in trance, will be reborn one time only as human to remove imperfections with meditation & then surely gets Nirvana.

Third Path(Third magga)--Called Anagami, has very minute sin/karma left, with meditation one experiences the nirvana state many times in trance, will not be reborn ever as human rather be reborn in Brahma(ArcAngel) realm to remove imperfections with meditation there & then surely gets Nirvana.

Fourth Path(Fourth magga)--Final achievement called Arhatship(Enlightenment equal to Buddha), one has removed all sin/karma completely with meditation in trance, then experiences 3 Pre-Nirvana states (a)Recollection of numerous past lives (b)Learns from these the cause-&-effect cycle of rebirths due to attachments in material realm (c)Attachments & sins now broken ; then experiences 9 Trance states to Nirvana 1.Illuminated blissful state of consciousness within.. 5. Expansion of consciousness out of physical body in all directions becoming infinite space/omnipresence in the material universe..7. Experiences becoming Void i.e. non-experience of material universe.. 9. Finally transforming to the transcendental omnipresent state like a sea of timeless, eternal, unchanging, unseen light - the final enlightenment/salvation/Nirvana ). See Ariyapariyesana Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya 26)in Tipitaka.

(As the Ariyapariyesana Sutta tells , an enlightened one becomes one with infinity , thus has infinite cababilities. Please note that the word maggic can be construed as 'follower' or 'attainer' of the above maggas. But it is not Magic though those who attain , can get endowed with supernatural powers which are mentioned in the Sammannaphala & other  Suttas , but attainment of these powers is not the purpose at all. The purpose of Buddha's path is Enlightenment i.e.  to be free from that which binds us into the material world and become alive forever in eternity i.e. Salvation/Nirvana. )

Note-2 : Four cardinal truths of Buddhism are :-(i) Life is suffering; (ii) cravings (of material nature) cause the continuance of a person/creature in future rebirth; (iii) with the disappearance of cravings, individual would also disappear and achieve enlightenment/salvation/eternal life ; and (iv) cravings disappear by following the meditative Noble Eightfold Path based on righteousness as taught by the Buddha. 

Note-3 : Three Gems of Buddhism known as Triratna (Trinity) are : (1) Buddha - To have faith that if Buddha could achieve it then anyone can. (2) Dhamma - The Eightfold Path path shown by Buddha based on righteousness(Sheel), meditation(Samadhi) and trance experience (Pragya). (3) Sangha - The Brotherhood or Holy Order of Monks (especially the enlightened ones) he founded.

Note-4 : Rivals or 'heretics,' . The six rivals with whom Gautam(Buddha) had to compete were Purana Kashyapa, Makkhali Gosala, Ajita Kesa-kambali, Pakudha Kaccayana, Sanjaya Belatthi-putta, and Nigantha Nataputta (also known as Mahavira the guru of Jains ).

Note-5 : The translators have used the words Brother , Brotherhood & Brethren i.e Brother = Monk ; BrotherHood = Holy Order of Monks; Brethren = Monks.

Note-6 : Deva =  Angel or god in heaven worlds(These are also subject to rebirths)

Note-7 : Brahma = Archangel in upper heavens(These are also subject to rebirths)

Note-8 : Tathagata = Gautam Buddha ; Tatha= Beyond , Agata= Came back; The word Tathagata means one who crossed over the death , went into the eternal , timeless, deathless Nirvana state and then came back alive to teach the path to mortals, as an experienced one who knows the path well.

Note-9 : Dasabala = Buddha ; Dasa = ten , bala=powers; Buddha is attributed to have ten supernatural powers.

Note-10 : Eightfold Path of of Righteousness leading to Enlightenment .  1. Right View 2. Right Intention 3. Right Speech 4. Right Action 5. Right Livelihood 6. Right Effort 7. Right Mindfulness(Sati=meditation practice) 8. Right Trance (Samadhi=Trance). Here the word 'Right' is meant for that which leads to Enlightenment. For detals, see Noble Eightfold Path .


Download/View English TranslationEdit

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Original Pali VersionEdit

(From www.tipitaka.org)

The following freely available .PDF files were taken from www.tipitaka.org. These are from Vipassana Research Institute. These contain the original words in Pali language.
The translation of original Pali words can never convey exact meaning, hence these are being provided for research & comparison. The www.tipitaka.org website also contains files in many other languages.
It is also to be mentioned that in original Pali language Buddha is referred as Bhagava(God), Bhagvanta(God), Sattha/Satthu(Teacher).

Pali-English Version Edit


Mula(Short) Version:

File:Jatakapali 1 mula.pdf

File:Jatakapali 2 mula.pdf

Atthakatha (Detailed):

File:Jataka-atthakatha 1.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 2.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 3.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 4.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 6.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 7.pdf

Pali-Devnagri Version(Sanskrit/Hindi Script) Edit


Mula(Short) Version:

File:10.Jatakapali 1-dev.pdf

File:10.Jatakapali 2-dev.pdf

Atthakatha (Detailed):

File:Jataka-atthakatha 1-dev.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 2-dev.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 3-dev.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 4-dev.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 5-dev.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 6-dev.pdf

File:Jataka-atthakatha 7-dev.pdf

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