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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.089 Kuhaka Jaataka Once a country squire, having great faith in a matted-hair ascetic, buried some of his wealth in the hermitage he himself had provided for the ascetic. The latter, coveting the gold, hid it elsewhere, and took leave of the squire as if he were going to some other part of the country. The squire, after pressing him in vain to stay, accompanied him part of the way. Suddenly, the ascetic stopped and said he had found a straw from the roof of the hermitage sticking to his hair and wished to restore it as it did not belong to him. The squire was greatly impressed by this show of non-covetousness, but another ascetic, who was the Bodhisatva, observed what happened and guessing the reason, communicated his suspicions to the squire. When they searched for the gold it could not be found, but the ascetic confessed his guilt after a sound thrashing. The occasion for the telling of the story is given in the Uddalaka Jataka (J.487). 56/312 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.375ff. hypocrisy

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