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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.206 Kuru"ngamiga Jaataka In the forest lived three friends: an antelope, a woodpecker and a tortoise. One night the antelope was caught in a huntsman’s snare, and the tortoise set about biting through the thongs of the noose while the woodpecker uttering cries of ill-omen, kept the huntsman in his hut. The antelope escaped, but the tortoise, exhausted by its labours, was caught by the huntsman. The antelope thereby enticed the hunter into the forest and, eluding him, released the tortoise. The antelope was the Bodhisatva, Sariputta the woodpecker, Moggallana the tortoise and Devadatta the hunter. The story was told in reference to Devadatta’s wickedness. 57/300 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.152ff., DhA.iii.152ff. loyalty, friendship

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