Culla Dhammapala Jataka: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Once the Bodhisatta was born as Dhammapala, son of Mahapatapa, king of Benares and his queen, Canda. One day Canda was playing with her seven months old baby with whom she was so engrossed that, when the king entered the room, she omitted to rise.

This roused the kings jealousy, and he sent for the executioner and had the princes hands and feet and head cut off and his body encircled with sword cuts as though with a garland. He paid no heed to Candas lamentations, and she, in her great sorrow, fell down dead of a broken heart. Flames arose from Avici, and wrapping Mahapatapa about, as with a woollen garment, plunged him in the lowest hell.

The story was, told in reference to Devadattas attempts to kill the Buddha. Devadatta was Mahapatapa and Maha Pajapati was Canda (J.iii.177-82). The Jataka is often cited (E.g., J.iv.11; v.113) to illustrate how anger, when once arisen, is difficult to control.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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