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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.121 Jaataka The bodhisatva was born as a sprite in a clump of kusa grass. Close by was a mukkhaka tree in which lived a tree sprite. One day, the kingís carpenter, looking for a suitable pillar for the kingís one-pillared palace, reluctantly decided to fell the mukkhaka tree. Learning of the tree-spriteís imminent danger, the bodhisatva assumed the shape of a chameleon and deceived the carpenter into seeing the tree as being all rotten and no use for his purpose. The story was told in reference to one of Anathapindikaís friends. He was of low rank and poor, and Anathapindikaís other friends protested against such intimacy. But one day, that friend saved Anathapindikaís house from being burgled. The Buddha related the Jataka to show how each according to his strengths, could help a friend in need. Ananda was the tree-sprite. 56/463 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.441ff. friendship, loyalty

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