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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.429 Mahaasuka Jaataka | Mahaasukaraaja Jaataka The bodhisatva was once king of the parrots and lived in a fig-tree grove in the Himalayas. After some time, the fruits on which they lived were exhausted, but he still lived there eating bark, shoots or whatever else could be found. Sakkaís throne was heated, and Sakka, assuming the form of a goose and accompanied by Suja, visited the parrot and asked why he did not go elsewhere. The parrot answered that he did not wish to forsake old friends, and Sakka, pleased with the answer, granted him a boon. The parrot asked that the fig-tree be made fruitful again and this Sakka did. The story was told to a monk who had a pleasant dwelling place near a village, but who found alms difficult to obtain, the villagers becoming very poor. He became very discontented, but the Buddha asked him not to forsake his dwelling. The Sakka of the story is identified with Anuruddha. At DhA.i.283ff. the story is supposed to have been related to Nigamavasi Tissa, and Sakka was identified with Ananda. 59/627 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.490ff. loyalty, friendship

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