Wisdom Tales from the Buddhist Tradition
by Steve Killick and Mark Rivett
A Special Performance
On Sunday 4th December 2011
2.30 - 4.30 pm
At the Cardiff Buddhist CentreFew Western followers of Buddhism know that stories were at the heart of Buddhism from its founding. When the first Buddhist Council met just after the Buddha’s Parinirvana, three collections of sutras were recognized as genuine teachings. Of these one consists of stories about the Buddha’s past lives: the Jataka Tales. There are 547 of these and they are said to have been spoken by the Buddha himself.
In this performance, Steve and Mark will tell a variety of stories that will span the Buddhist traditions including a number of Jataka tales and some of the paradoxical Zen stories. The performance will be an opportunity for Buddhists to learn about a less well-known aspect of their tradition and for non-Buddhists to learn about the wealth of teaching tales that have been at the heart of the religion since its founding 2500 years ago.
There is no charge for the performance but donations (Dana) towards the Buddhist Centre are welcome.
Steve Killick and Mark Rivett are storytellers and writers. They have worked together on several shows including 'The King and Corpse' and ‘Oedipus’. As well as performing they run workshops on using myths and stories in health and therapeutic contexts.
Steve is a clinical psychologist and Mark a family psychotherapist. Both stories and Buddhism have a central role in their lives and work.
The Cardiff Buddhist Centre is located at
12 St Peter's Street Roath Cardiff CF24 3BA,
for a map see http://www.
‘Steve and Mark effortlessly spun the tales with no apparent ego but clear and concise telling.'
– Storylines, 2010.