Stories of the Buddha’s previous lives, told by master storyteller Margo McLoughlin, will be featured at the island’s Bodhi Center on Monday, December 15th from 7 to 8:30 pm.

In this interview, Margo tells BCB host Channie Peters about this unique event of storytelling accompanied by world musician Doug MacKenzie. He plays an astonishing variety of instruments from Indian and other cultures around the globe.

These delightful stories from the Buddha’s time and place feature the Buddha in many animal and human forms.The Jataka Tales reflect the truth that daily life offers us countless opportunities to develop wisdom and compassion, generosity and loving-kindness. The stories are beautifully told by an accomplished storyteller who has translated many of the stories from their original Pali or Sanskrit language. The tales provide a window into an ancient culture, as well as wisdom from traditional Buddhist teachings on kindness and generosity.

Margo McLoughlin, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, has studied Pali, the ancient language of the Buddha. Margo has been telling the Buddhist tales since 1991. She is a consultant with the Fetzer Institute for whom she has been gathering world tales of generosity for the past four years. The material is being used as tools for reflection and dialogue with several professional groups. Margo’s stories can be found in CD and video formats on her website.

The Bodhi Center is located at 6717 Marshall Road. Admission is by donation at the door to cover costs. Registration is encouraged at the Bodhi Center website since space is limited. Children are welcome.

Credits: BCB host: Channie Peters; BCB studio tech, editor and social media publisher: Barry Peters.