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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.221 Kaasaava Jaataka | Kaasaavavagga Jaataka A poor man of Benares, having entered into a contract with ivory workers to supply elephant’s tusks, went into the forest clad in a Pacceka Buddha’s yellow robe and standing in the path of the elephants, slew the last one of the herd each day. The Bodhisatva, being the leader of the elephants, on discovering what was happening, threatened to kill the man; but receiving his promise never to visit the forest again, he let him go free on account of his robe. A trader, coming to Rajagaha on business, contributed a magnificent yellow robe at an almsgiving organized by the citizens. There was some dispute as to whether Sariputta or Devadatta should receive the robe. The majority favouring Devadatta, he received the robe, cut it into strips and wore it in great style. When the matter was reported to the Buddha, he related the above Jataka story, in which Devadatta is identified with the huntsman. 57/383 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.196ff. arrogance, deceit, cheat


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