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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.456 Ju.nha Jaataka Once the bodhisatva was born as Junha, son of the king of Benares. He studied in Takkasila and on one occasion, when walking in the dark, he bumped into a brahmin, causing the brahmin’s bowl to drop and break. Junha raised the brahmin to his feet, and on being asked for remuneration for the price of the meal, told the brahmin who he was. The bodhisatva had no money with him, but requested the brahmin to remind him of the circumstances when he had become king. in due time, Junha took the throne and the brahmin stood one day by the road when the king was passing on his elephant. The brahmin stretched out his hand, crying ‘Victory to the king’. Junha took no notice, so the brahmin uttered a stanza to the effect that a king should not neglect a brahmin’s request. Junha then turned back, and the man explained who he was, asking Junha for five villages, one hundred slave girls, one thousand ornaments and two wives -- all of which Junha gave him. The story was told in reference to the eight boons granted to Ananda by the Buddha when he accepted the post of constant attendant to the Buddha. See also Naanacchanda Jataka (J.289). 60/011 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.095ff. gratitude

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