Wisdom Library Logo

Tittira Jataka, aka: Tittira jātaka; 2 Definition(s)

Tittira Jataka means something in Buddhism, Sanskrit, Pali Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article:

2 Definition(s) from various sources:

Tittira, (Onomat. cp. Vedic tittira & tittiri, Gr. tatuρas pheasant, Lit. teterva heath-cock; Lat. tetrinnio to cackle) partridge J. I, 218; III, 538.—pattikā a kind of boot Vin. I, 186. (Page 302)

Rating: -

1. Tittira Jataka (No.37) - There were once three friends, a partridge (tittira), a monkey and an elephant. Discovering that the partridge was the oldest of them, they honoured him as their teacher and he gave them counsel. Their conduct came to be called the Tittiriya brahmacariya. The Bodhisatta was the partridge, Moggallana the elephant, and Sariputta the monkey.

The story was related in reference to the failure of the Chabbaggiyas to show due respect to Sariputta. Once, when he visited them in company with the Buddha, they refused to provide him with lodging, and he had to sleep under a tree. J.i.217ff; cp. Vin.ii.161; Avadana S.ii.17.

2. Tittira Jataka (No.117) - The Bodhisatta was once a leader of five hundred ascetics. One day, a talkative ascetic approached a jaundiced colleague who was chopping wood and worried him by giving him directions on how to do it. The ill man killed him with one blow of the axe. Soon after, a partridge, who used to sing on an anthill near by, was killed by a fowler. The Bodhisatta pointed out to his followers how the death of both was due to their talking too much.

The story was told in reference to Kokalika, who is identified with the chattering ascetic. J.i.431f.

3. Tittira Jataka (No.319) - Once the Bodhisatta was a brahmin ascetic, and Rahula a decoy partridge used by a village fowler. When the partridge uttered a cry, other partridges would flock to him, and they were killed by the fowler. The partridge was filled with remorse, fearing that he was doing wrong. One day he met the Bodhisatta who set his doubts at rest.

The story was told in reference to Rahulas readiness to profit by instruction (J.iii.64ff). It was related by Moggaliputta Tissa to Asoka, to prove to him that an action becomes a crime only when performed with bad intention. Mhv.v.264.

4. Tittira Jataka (No.438) - Once in Benares was a famous teacher who retired into the forest. Men came from all parts to learn from him and brought him many presents. He had in his house a tame partridge, who, by listening to the teachers exposition, learnt the three Vedas by heart. A tame lizard and a cow were given as presents to the teacher. When the teacher died, his students were in despair, but were reassured by the partridge who taught them what he knew. One day a wicked ascetic came to the hermitage and, in the absence of the students, killed the partridge, the young lizard and the cow. The partridge had two friends, a lion and a tiger, who killed the murderer.

The ascetic was Devadatta, the lizard Kisagotami, the tiger Moggallana, the lion Sariputta, the teacher Maha Kassapa, and the partridge the Bodhisatta.

The story was related in reference to Devadattas attempts to kill the Buddha. J.iii.536f.

Added: 12.Apr.2009 | Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Rating: -

Look for other relevant definitions:

Search found 1183 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

· Jataka
Jātaka (जातक):—Stories of previous lives.
9 desc.
· Tittira
Tittira (तित्तिर) or Tittiri (तित्तिरि) is the name of the partridge in the l...
4 desc.
· Indriya Jataka
Indriya, (nt.) (Vedic indriya adj. only in meaning “belonging to Indra”; nt. st...
2 desc.
· Ghata Jataka
Ghata, (nt.) (Vedic ghṛta, ghṛ to sprinkle, moisten) clarified butter VvA.326; ...
2 desc.
· Vattaka Jataka
Vattaka, (adj.) (fr. vatta1) doing, exercising, influencing; in vasa° having po...
2 desc.
· Gijjha Jataka
Gijjha, (Vedic gṛdhra, cp. gijjhati) 1. (m.) a vulture. Classed with kāka, crow ...
2 desc.
· Jataka Parijata
Jataka Parijata is an ancient astrological classic that is ranked alongside B...
1 desc.
· Catuposathika Jataka
This is given as the title of the four hundred and forty first Jataka and it i...
1 desc.
· Kapi Jataka
Kapi, (Sk. kapi, original designation of a brownish colour, cp. kapila & kapota)...
2 desc.
· Sigala Jataka
Sigāla, (śṛ°) (cp. Vedic sṛgāla; as loan-word in English= jackal) a jackal D. I...
2 desc.
· Kosiya Jataka
Kosiya, an owl J. II, 353, cp. Np. Kosiyāyana J. I, 496. Biḷārakosika (and °kosi...
2 desc.
· Aditta Jataka
Āditta, (ā + ditta1, Sk. ādīpta, pp. of ā + dīp) set on fire, blazing, burning V...
2 desc.
· Kacchapa Jataka
Kacchapa, (Sk. kacchapa, dial. fr. *kaśyapa, orig. Ep of kumma, like magga of pa...
2 desc.
· Kukkura Jataka
Kukkura, (Sk. kurkura, or is it ku-krura? Cp. kurūra) a dog. usually of a fierce...
2 desc.
· Kaka Jataka
Kāka, (onomat. , cp. Sk. kāka; for other onomat. relatives see note on gala) th...
2 desc.

Search through other sources:

Search found 740 books containing Tittira Jataka or Tittira jātaka. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the 20 most relevant articles:

- Was this explanation helpufll? Leave a comment:

Make this page a better place for research and define the term yourself in your own words.

You have to be a member in order to post comments. Click here to login or click here to become a member.