Definition of Jataka in English:


Syllabification: Ja·ta·ka
Pronunciation: /ˈjätəkə


Any of the various stories of the former lives of the Buddha found in Buddhist literature.
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  • This collection of Indian folklore, retold for younger readers ‘of all ages’, includes many stories from the Jataka, a Buddhist compilation of fables.
  • The entire surface of the gateways is covered with bas-reliefs representing scenes from the life of Gautama Buddha, stories from the Jatakas, along with decorative elements.
  • In the Jatakas (Birth Stories, Khuddaka Nikaya) we find many examples of people who committed the same deeds again and again in successive lives.


from Sanskrit jātaka 'born under'.

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