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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.523 Alambusaa Jaataka Isisinga, son of the Bodhisatva and of a doe who had drunk water into which the Bodhisatva’s semen had fallen, lived the ascetic life like his father. He had been warned by his father about the wiles of women, and lived in the forest practising the most severe austerities. By virtue of the power of these austerities, Sakka’s abode trembled, and Sakka, fearing rivalry, sent down a beautiful celestial nymph, Alambusa, to tempt him and despoil him of his virtue. This, she succeeded in doing, and for three years he lay unconscious in her embrace. At last, realizing what had happened, he forsook forthwith from sexual desire and developing mystic meditation, attained the jhanas. Alambusa pleaded forgiveness, which was readily granted. The story was related in reference to the temptation of a monk by his ex-wife. 61/632 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.v.152ff. temptation, women

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