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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.453 Mahaama"ngala Jaataka The bodhisatva, called Rakkhita, was born in a wealthy brahmin family. He married, and then, having distributed all his wealth, became an ascetic with 500 followers. During the rains, his disciples dwelled in Benares in the royal park, while Rakkhita stayed in the hermitage. At that time, there was great discussion among the public about what constituted auspiciousness, and Rakkhita’s disciples, on being consulted, said that Rakkhita would solve the problem. They therefore went to Rakkhita’s hermitage and asked him the question, which he answered in eight verses. The disciples, having learned the verses, returned to Benares where they expounded them, thus setting doubts to rest. The story was related in connection with the teaching of the Mahamangala Sutta. It happened that in Rajagaha there was a large assembly at the Santhagara and a man rose and went out saying ‘this is a day of good omen’. Someone, on hearing this, enquired as to the meaning of ‘good omen’. One said, the sight of something lucky is a good omen -- but this was denied, and the discussion of omens was carried as far as Sakka, and duly referred by him to the Buddha. The senior disciple of Rakkhita is identified with Sariputta. 59/943 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.072ff. blessings


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