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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.056 Ka~ncanakhandha Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as a farmer and, while ploughing his field, came across a nugget of gold, four cubits long and as thick as a man's thigh, which had been buried by a merchant in bygone days. Finding it impossible to remove the gold intact, he cut it into four and carried it home easily. The story was related in reference to a monk who wished to leave the Order because he was frightened by all the rules his teachers asked him to learn and obey. The Buddha gave him three rules - to guard body, speech and mind - and the monk won arahantship. Even a heavy burden becomes light if carried piece by piece. 56/090 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.276ff. breaking things down into manageable portions, criticism, secrecy, budgeting, conscientiousness

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