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J.071 Vara.na Jaataka The bodhisatva was once a teacher of Takkasila with five hundred brahmin pupils. One day, he sent the pupils into the forest to gather firewood, but one of them was lazy and went to sleep. When his companions woke him, he climbed into a tree and broke off some green branches. One of the boughs hit him in the eye and wounded him. The next day the pupils had been invited to a meal in a distant village and a servant-girl was told to make them some gruel early, before their start. She tried without success light a fire with the green wood which lay on the top of the heap of firewood. The green wood had been put there by the lazy pupil who had been the last to return. The pupils were delayed in their departure and the journey had to be abandoned. The Jataka was told in reference to Kutumbikaputta-Tissa with whom the brahmin youth is identified. 56/175 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.316ff. laziness


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