Buddha's Path

Ethics in the Jataka Tales: The Wisdom of Animals

Oct 2 (Sun) - Nov 13 (Sun)
8:00am - 9:30am (6 weeks)
Santa Monica
The Jataka tales recount the past lives of the Buddha, numbering 550 enchanting stories. In this course we will explore key narratives, with special attention given to the wit and wisdom of the Buddha's many incarnations as animals, such as bears, monkeys, and crows, and how their insights interface with contemporary issues such as diversity, fairness, and justice.

Required reading:

Rafe Martin: ENDLESS PATH Awakening Within the Buddhist Imagination: Jataka Tales, Zen Practice, and Daily Life

This class meets once a week for six weeks.

Please Note: There will not be class on October 16th.
Location Details:
InsightLA 14th Street
1826 14th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

*This location has a handicap accessible ramp.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)

This class is a Dana based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dana means giving. The suggested donation for this class series, which includes 6 classes, is $180 dollars.

$30 per person of an average size class at InsightLA covers the cost of paying teachers, administrators, rent and outreach, as well as covering the participation of students who will pay less.

Please give generously. Your act of generosity is significant. The Buddha taught that all of the beautiful qualities of heart and mind begin with generosity: Generosity dissolves the separation of self and other… Giver receiver and gift intertwined. Everyone has a role to play in supporting the whole community practicing to their fullest potential.

Enrollment Limit:
25 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Comfortable clothing - journal/notebook
Contact Information:
programs@insightla.org or 310-450-1821