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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.396 Kukku Jaataka Contains several parables which the bodhsatva, as counsellor to Brahmadatta, king of Benares, employed for the kingís instruction. Like the peak of a roof which falls, unless tightly held by the rafters, is a king who must be supported by his subjects who have been won over by his righteousness. As a lemon must be eaten without its peel, so must taxes be gathered without violence. Like the lotus, unstained by the water in which it grows, is the virtuous man untainted by the world. The king is identified with Ananda. The occasion for the story is given in the Jaataka (J.521). 59/206 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.317ff. kingly virtue

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