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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.178 Kacchapa Jaataka The story of a tortoise who would not leave its lake, even though all the other tortoises, knowing there would be a drought, swam in time to a neighbouring river. When the drought came, he buried himself in a hole. There he was dug up by the bodhisatva (a potter) who was looking for clay. The tortoiseís shell was cracked by the potterís spade and it died, having uttered two verses on the folly of clinging to things. The bodhisatva took the body to the village and preached to the villagers. The story was told to a young man of Savatthi who, when the plague broke out in his house, listened to his parentsí advice and escaped through a hole in the wall. When the danger was past, he returned and rescued the treasure hoarded in the house, and one day visited the Buddha with many gifts. Ananda is identified with the tortoise of the the Jataka. 57/156 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.079ff. attachment, obedience

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