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The Forest of Thieves and the Magic Garden: An Anthology of Medieval Jain Stories

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Lively tales of asceticism, wickedness, and virtue from one of India's great religious traditions

Beautifully translated from the Sanskrit, the stories in this volume reflect the vital tradition of Jain storytelling between the seventh and fifteenth centuries. Some of their characters find bliss by renouncing the world, others by living within it in peace and moderation. T
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 26th 2006 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1998)
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Carmen
Jul 12, 2012 Carmen rated it liked it
A very interesting anthology and makes me want to learn more about this very ancient religion.
Naomi
Dec 27, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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Beautiful and intriguing stories from the Jain tradition, this is a must-read volume for students of world religions and those who love wisdom tales from around the world. Good, too, for adult spiritual group discussion.
Czarny Pies
May 05, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in world religions.
The "Forest of Thieves" is a remarkable anthology of medieval Jain stories that all have the objective of teaching the Jain follower how to apply in his or her personal life the five vows of Jainism which are:
1. Ahimsa: Not causing no harm to living beings which means amongst other things being a vegetarian.
2. Satya: Always speaking the truth.
3. Asteya: Not stealing.
4. Brahmacharya: Chastity and celibacy.
5. Aparigraha: Being non-possessiveness of objects and people.
The ultimate goal of respecti
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Eric Villalobos
Jul 13, 2015 Eric Villalobos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Amazing collection of stories. Very entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the various stories Granoff presented. Like the introduction says, this is not an introduction to Jainism and the particular beliefs are not expounded in any systematic way, BUT the selection she gives (though, as she says, it is not comprehensive) gives a nice taste of Jaina ethics and Jaina storytelling.

I only question her dealing with puns in translation, which sometimes worked but at times was a little jarring. I
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