Jataka Stories

Stories of the Buddha's past lives

Retold by Margaret Lisa Buschmann 

Ink and pencil illustrations by Gilmer Holton

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The Words

of the Jackal

and Lion

The Twin Parrots

Death of the

New Clothes

Fish and his Friend

Munika the Pig

Argument about
the Moon 

Two Fish and a


Queen Who


Too Much

Saving the


The Monkey Bridge
The Monkey
Heart Tree
The King
of Heaven

The Buried Treasure

The Tree Spirits

The Jackal King
Miser and 
His Cake
Hunter and 
the Quails

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About Lisa: 

M. Lisa Buschmann, a student of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, and a daily meditator for 30 years, has been teaching Dharma classes for children since 1995.  After retiring from a legal career at the U.S. EPA, she has devoted herself to Dharma practice, teaching, and writing Buddhist books for kids, to help them develop their virtues and good character.

About this website: 

All materials on this website were used for teaching children in Dharma classes at Buddhist centers. Through this website we strive, in service to the Dharma, to make them freely available for others to use in educating children about Buddhism and the Dharma.  All of the living authors of the books from which the stories on this website were adapted have kindly consented to such adaptation and use of their work. 

A project of Drikung Dharma Surya Center, Fairfax, VA  USA

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