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Over the time span of the last millennium there have been many Tibetan edited versions of texts retelling these stories. There can also be many minor variations and sometimes the addition of extra stories, yet despite these differences, all of the edited versions generally follow the same list of titles and are commonly known by all as the two collections of stories, the Thirty-four Jataka Tales and the One Hundred Jataka Tales.

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Jeff Watt 1-2013 [updated 12-2018, 4-2020]


Jatakamala Bibliography

Aryasura. The Marvelous Companion: Life Stories of the Buddha. Dharma Publishing, 1983.

Bryner, Edna. Thirteen Tibetan Tankas, The Buddhist Birth Stories. The Falcons Wing Press, 1956.

Galdone, Paul. The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jatak Tale from India. Clarion Books, 1987.

Kawasaki, Ken & Visakha, retold by. Jataka Tales of the Buddha. Buddhist Publication Society, 1995, Bodhi Leaves No. 135.

Speyer, J.S. Arya Sura’s The Jatakamala or Garland of Birth Stories. London: Henry Frowde, 1895.

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).