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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.467 Kaama Jaataka Brahmadatta, the king of Benares, had two sons. When he died, the elder refused the crown and retired to a frontier village. There, the people discovered his identity and offered to pay their taxes to him instead of the king, and the king, at his request, agreed. As his power increased, the prince became more covetous and demanded the throne back, which his younger brother gladly renounced. The elder’s greed was insatiable, and Sakka, to teach him a lesson, came in the guise of a young man and offered to capture three cities for him. The king made up his mind to accept the offer, but then the young man could not be found and the king fell ill of greed. The Bodhisatva, just returned from Takkasila, hearing of this, and having obtained the king’s leave to treat him, cured the disease by showing him the futility of his wishes. Thereafter the king became a righteous ruler. The Jataka is preached in reference to the brahmin of the Kama Sutta. The Kamanita Jataka (J.228) is also preached in this connection. 60/144 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iv.167ff. insatiable greed


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