Tuesday, 3rd July 2012 | 7:00 pm
The Wise and Enlightened One sat under the great tree and drew many listeners around him. “My children,” he said, “I have come here many times before. I have not come as your Buddha for the first time. Sometimes I came as a child among children and sometimes among the animals as one of their kind. I traced a way for you and you knew it not!”
The stories of Buddha’s previous lives are told as the Jataka Tales, and going back several centuries, form an important part of South Asia’s oral and literary tradition.
Ignored by critics and contemporary scholars who look only towards the West for literary models, the Jataka Tales were taken up by leading fiction writer Intizar Hussain who went on to pronounce Buddha as the most important writer of short stories to emerge from South Asia.
Stories of many lives and transforming selves will feature in this evening of the Jataka Tales as Intizar Hussain will introduce the subject and talk about the fascination these stories continue to exert upon him. Asif Farrukhi will then retell selected Jataka stories from a forthcoming book. Not interested in drawing a moral lesson from the tales, Intizar Hussain and Asif Farrukhi will dialogue with the audience about the world of stories.
Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.