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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.002 Va.n.nupatha Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a merchant leader of a caravan of 500 carts. One night, while crossing a desert of sixty leagues, the pilot fell asleep and the oxen turned round. All the provisions of wood and water were exhausted, but the bodhisatva had his men dig a well. After digging sixty cubits down, they came across bedrock. The men were all filled with despair, but the bodhisatva had the rock broken through by a serving lad who still showed courage and obtained water. The Jataka was related about a young man of Savatthi who entered the Order and practised meditation, but was unable to attain insight. He was filled with despair and his companions took him to the Buddha. He is identified with the serving lad of the story. 55/170 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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