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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.251 Sa"nkappa Jaataka | Sa"nkapparaaja Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born into a very rich family of Benares. When his parents died, he gave away his wealth, became an ascetic in the Himalayas and developed supranormal powers. During the rains he returned to Benares, where at the kingís invitation he lived in the royal park. For twelve years he did this until one day, the king had to leave to quell a border rebellion, after having instructed the queen to look after the ascetic. One evening the ascetic returned rather late to the palace and the queen, rising hastily at his arrival, let her garment slip. The asceticís mind became filled with thoughts of lust and he lost his powers. On his return, the king visited the ascetic, who explained that his heart had been wounded. Asking the king to retire from the hut, he once more strove to develop his meditation, then took leave of the king and returned to the Himavanta forest. The Jataka was told to a monk who was filled with discontent because he had fallen in love with a woman whom he met on his almsround. The king is identified with Ananda. See also Jaataka (J.066) and Haarita Jaataka (J.431). 58/001 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.271ff. passion, meditation, hindrance

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