Himalayan Art Resources

Shakyamuni Buddha: Jataka Animals (12 Stories)

Jataka Stories (Thirty-four) | Tulkus & Animals

Jatakamala: (Skt. Jātaka­māla; Tib. སྐྱེས་རབས་འཕྲེང་བ་, Wylie skyes rabs 'phreng ba) — 'Garland of Birth Stories' by Aryashura.

From the Thirty-four Stories:
1. A Starving Tigress, A Tale of Compassion, Selflessness, and Generosity
6. The Rabbit, A Tale of Selfless Kindness
15. The Fish, The Rewards of Virtue
16. The Baby Quail, The Power of Honesty
22. The Noble Geese, A Tale of Friendship
24. The Great Monkey, The Consequences of Turning Against a Friend
25. The Fabulous Sharabha Deer, Having Compassion for an Enemy
26. The Ruru Deer, A Tale of Betrayal
27. The Monkey King, A Tale of Leadership and Self Sacrifice
30. The Elephant, A Tale of Self Sacrifice
33. The Buffalo, A Tale of Patience
34. The Woodpecker, Kindness without Thought of Reward

Videos: Jataka Stories, Animals

Types of Animals:
Deer (2), monkeys (2), birds (3), tiger, rabbit, fish, elephant, buffalo (1 each).

(Click here to view other artworks from the collection of Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts. The stories are based on the Aryasura text titled The Marvelous Companion: Life Stories of the Buddha. Dharma Publishing, 1983).

Monty McKeever 2-2005 [Updated 1-2017, 4-2020, 8-2022]