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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.355 Ghata Jaataka | Va"nka Jaataka The bodhisatva was born as Ghatakumara, king of Benares. One of his ministers misconducted himself in the royal harem an the bodhisatva, catching him in the act, banished him. The minister took service with Vanka, king of Savatthi and persuaded him to attack Benares. The bodhisatva was captured and thrown into prison, where he attained the first jhana. Vanka was seized by a burning sensation and he ordered the release of the bodhisatva and the restoration of the kingdom. The story was related in reference to a minister of the Kosala king. He had been the kingís favourite, but then, influence by slanderers, the king cast him into prison, where he entered the first path. When he was released, he visited the Buddha, who told him the Jataka story. Ananda is identified with King Vanka of the Jataka. 58/743 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.168ff. freedom in chains, infidelity, justice

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