Buddhist Stories

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Item Code: IDJ444
Author: F. L. Woodward
Publisher: The Theosophical Publishing House, Chennai
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8170592380
Pages: 142
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7.0" X 4.6"
Weight 160 gm
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Book Description


Most of these stories have appeared in The Young Citizen and Adyar Bulletin during the last few years, and I am grateful to the editors of those magazines for permission to reprint them in book form. The greater parts are translated from The Commentary on the Dhammapada, a large collection of stories illustrative of those moral verses of Buddhism: but some are to be found also in the earlier commentaries ascribed to Buddhaghosa. A few are from the Canonical Books themselves and are familiar to all Buddhists, while one or two are from the large collection of Jataka or Birth Tales. I believe I have made a choice of the best short stories in Buddhist literature. As a rule these illustrative tales are long and involved, tale within tale: but in the case of those presented here, the point is not lost by overwrapping, and they give us a fair knowledge of Buddhist Ethics as they were regarded by pious devotees of two thousand year ago. No Story is later than about AD 500, the period assigned to Buddhaghosa and Dhammapala.

About the Book

The delightful stories appearing in this book are translated mostly from The Commentary on the Dhammapada. Originally published in the magazines The Young Citizen and The Adyar Bulletin, they illustrate the moral teachings of Buddhism in a simple and easy form.

F.L. Woodward was an authority on Buddhist teachings; many of his publications were published by the Pali Text Society, among them Pictures of Buddhist Ceylon, The Buddha's Path of Virtue (translation of the Dhammapada rendered in verses), and Francis Bacon and the Cipher Story .

About the Author

F. L. Woodward was one of the noble bands of Theosophists who had worked for the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka under the leadership of Col. H. S. Olcott, President – Founder of the Theosophical Society.

The Mahinda College, Galle, of which he was the Principal for many year is a shining memorial to his devoted services.

Later, Woodward was associated with the Pali Text Society, and edited several of their publications.




Chapter 1. Solitude and Service 1
Chapter 2. Ananda, the Beloved Disciple 9
Chapter 3. The Hare in the Moon 14
Chapter 4. The Blind Men and the Elephant 20
Chapter 5. Dear to the Self is Self! 24
Chapter 6. Kisa Gotami and the Mustard Seed 29
Chapter 7. Honour Old Age 33
Chapter 8. Suppabuddha, the Leper 40
Chapter 9. The Brahmana and the Firstfruits 45
Chapter 10. Honour Thy Mother and Father 50
Chapter 11. Inattention 57
Chapter 12. Health is the Greatest Gain 62
Chapter 13. Haste to do Good 66
Chapter 14. The Weapon of Goodwill 72
Chapter 15. Guard Your Thoughts 78
Chapter 16. Vangisa, the Phrenologist 83
Chapter 17. The Elder Vakkali 88
Chapter 18. The Bodhisattva and the Robbers 92
Chapter 19. Hold Your Tongue 99
Chapter 20. Excess of Zeal 103
Chapter 21. This Little Body Holdeth All 107
Chapter 22. The Tale of a Certain Devotee 111
Chapter 23. The Three Who Took the Robes 115
Chapter 24. The Tale of the Brahmana 118
Chapter 25. Good Company is Everything 121
Chapter 26. One Cannot Please Everybody 125

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