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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.340 Visayha Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as Visayha, a banker of Benares, and gave alms daily to 600,000 persons in six parts of the city. Sakkaís throne was heated by his great generosity, and feeling nervous for his own safety, contrived that Visayhaís possessions should all disappear. Quite undaunted, Visayha became a grass-cutter and for six days gave alms from the money so earned, he and his wife fasting. On the seventh day, he fainted from lack of nourishment, and Sakka, appearing before him, suggested that he should be moderate in his generosity. Visayha rejected the suggestion as unworthy and declared that his aim was Buddhahood. Thereupon Sakka praised him and made him prosperous. The Jataka was related to Anathapindika as mentioned in the Khadirangara Jataka (J.040). Visayhaís wife is identified with Rahulamata. See also Jatakamala No.5 where the banker is called Avisayha. 58/647 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.128ff. generosity

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