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J.465 Bhaddasaala Jaataka Brahmadatta, king of Benares, wishing to have a palace built on one column, sent his carpenters to find a suitable tree. They found many such in the forest, but no road by which to transport them. At last they discovered a lordly sala-tree in the king’s park and made preparations to cut it down. The deity of the tree, Bhaddasala, who was the bodhisatva, was greatly distressed at the prospect of the destruction of his children. He, therefore, visited the king by night and begged him not to have the tree cut down. When the king refused this request, Bhaddasala asked that the tree should be cut down in pieces, so that it’s fall might not damage its kindred round about. The feeling of Bhaddasala for his kinsmen touched the king, and he desisted from his purpose of destroying the tree. The story was related with reference to the Buddha’s interference with Vidudabha when he wished to destroy the Sakyans. Ananda is identified with the king. On this occasion the following Jatakas were also preached: Kukkura Jataka (J.022), Kaka Jataka (J.140) and the Mahakapi Jataka (J.407). 60/109 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.153ff. compassion

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