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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.529 Sonaka Jaataka | So.naka Jaataka The bodhisatva was born as Arindama, son of the Magadha king of Rajagaha. His friend was the chaplain’s son Sonaka. Both studied in Takkasila and at the conclusion of their studies, travelled around together in search of experience. In the course of their travels, Arindama was elected to succeed the king of Benares who had died without heir. Meanwhile Sonaka became a paccekabuddha. Forty years later Arindama wished to see Sonaka but no-one could tell him his whereabouts in spite of large rewards offered. Ten years later, Sonaka managed to contact Sonaka by sending a minstrel boy far and wide singing a song composed by the king which expressed his desire to meet Sonaka. At the meeting, the king failed to recognize Sonaka. Without revealing his identity, Sonaka spoke to the king about the joys of renunciation and disappeared into the air. Moved by his words, the king decided to give up the throne and follow the ascetic life. He appointed his eldest son as king in his place and became an ascetic, developing supranormal powers and being reborn in the Brahma-world. It was related regarding the Buddha’s perfection of renunciation. 62/119 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.v.247ff. renunciation

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