The Buddhist Jataka Stories and the DSM based Mental Disorders

by Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D., LankaWeb, September 28th, 2014

That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.” - Erich Fromm

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Jataka stories or Jataka tales are a voluminous body of folklore concerned with previous births of the Buddha which is based as a collection of five hundred and fifty stories. Originally it comprise of 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. According to archaeological and literary evidence, the Jataka stories were compiled in the period, the 3rd Century B.C. to the 5th Century A.D. The Khuddaka Nikaya contains 550 stories the Buddha told of his previous lifetimes as an aspiring Bodhisattva or a person who is compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others and is worshipped as a deity in Mahayana Buddhism.  More

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The Bangkok Post, Jul 19, 2014
The next World Fellowship of Buddhists conference in Baoji will highlight the growing influence of the Buddhist faith

Beijing, China -- China probably has the largest number of Buddhists in the world, yet so little is known about the practice of Buddhism in the world’s most populous country.  More

Wirathu strengthens ties with Sri Lankan Buddhists to counter "jihad"
AFP, 29 September 2014
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Masoeyin monastery monk U Wirathu has announced he is linking up with hardline monks in Sri Lanka, alleging that the Buddhist religion is under threat from Islamic jihadists.  More

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