Stories from Buddhist Traditions

This early 20th century painted scroll shows the chapter about Jujuka. On the bottom row we see him bring the children to the city, where they are ransomed by the king. Then Jujuka begins his overeating, leading to his death, shown on the top row.

Stories from Buddhist Traditions is a resource for use by school teachers that has been developed as part of Dr Naomi Appleton and Dr Alison Jack’s project Approaching Religion Through Story at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity.

Structured to meet Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence standard for Religious Moral Education (RME), the resource is divided according to the three structuring principles of the experiences and outcomes for RME in Scotland: Beliefs, Values and Issues, and Practices and Traditions. Keywords are also provided to indicate the particular relevance of the story.

The resource contains six stories in PDF format, sorted by the principles stated above, and an introduction to Jakatas. The ‘What’s It Tree’ and the ‘Prince Vessantara’ stories both have accompanying PowerPoint Presentations for illustrative purposes.

Resources provided as part of the project ‘Approaching Religion Through Story’ are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence.


View and download the resource on TES Connect

Go to the ‘Approaching Religion Through Story’ webpage


Image: Vessantara Jataka, Narrative Scroll, by Anonymous (Thailand) Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain