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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.096 Telapatta Jaataka | Takkasilaa Jaataka The bodhisatva was the youngest of 100 sons of the king of Benares. He heard from the paccekabuddhas who took their meals in the palace, that he would become king of Takkasila if he could reach it without falling prey to the ogresses who waylaid travellers in the forest. Thereupon he set out with five of his brothers who wished to accompany him. On the way through the forest, all five brothers in succession succumbed to the charms of ogresses and were devoured. One ogress followed the Bodhisatva right up to the gates of Takkasila, where the king took her into the palace, in spite of the Bodhisatvaís warning. The king succumbed to her wiles and, during the night, the king and all the inhabitants of the palace were eaten by the ogress and her companions. The people, realizing the sagacity and strength of will of the Bodhisatva, made him their king. The Jataka was related in reference to the Janapada-Kalyani Sutta. The monks said it must be very hard not to look at the beautiful women of the provinces, but he Buddha denied this and related the above story. 56/353 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.393ff. women


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