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J.368 Tacasaara Jaataka Once a poor village doctor saw some boys playing near a tree, in the hollow of which lived a snake. Hoping to make some money, he asked one of the boys (the bodhisatva) to put his hand in the hollow of the tree, saying that a hedgehog lived there. The boy did so, but, feeling the snake, with great presence of mind, he seized it firmly by the neck and flung it away from him. The snake fell on the doctor and bit him so severely that he died. The boys were brought before the king and charged, but on hearing the Bodhisatvaís explanation, the king released them. The Jataka was related to show how the Bodhisatva practised the Perfection of Wisdom. Ananda is identified with the king. See also Saaliya Jataka (J.367). 58/830 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.204ff. wisdom, retribution

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