Sakyamuni’s Fables

Buddhism originates in the teachings of Shakyamuni (Gautama Siddartha), who was born in what is now Nepal some 2,500 years ago.

The Man Who Takes Salt

Once upon a time there was a stupid man who went to another man's home. The host gave him something to eat. After he complained that the food was insipid,

The Head is Broken with Pears

Once upon a time there was a bald-headed man who was bit in his head by a few pears thrown at him. He forbore taking the blows without knowing that he should have tried to dodge them.

The Wife Who Pretends to be Dead

Once upon a time there was a stupid man who loved very much his beautiful wife. However, she had no true love for him. In the meantime, she associated herself surreptitiously with another man.

Getting Thirsty on Seeing Water

Once there was a fellow desperately in need of water for his thirst. On seeing the blazing fog, he mistook it for water. He pursued it until he reached the Indus River.

The Dead Son

Once upon a time there was a man who brought up seven boys, one of whom died. Finding the son dead, he intended to leave the body in the house and moved out himself.

One’s Elder Brother

Once upon a time, there was a man endowed with a respectable appearance and intelligence as well as wealth. All these evoked feelings of admiration and praise from the people around him.

The Father’s Virtues

Once upon a time there was a man who praised his father's virtues before everybody. "My father is compassionate. He neither kills nor steals. He speaks earnestly and gives alms," said the man.