Dasannaka Jataka, Dasaṇṇaka-jātaka: 1 definition

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Dasannaka Jataka means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Dasannaka Jataka in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Once the Bodhisatta was born as Senaka, a brahmin, counsellor to King Maddava of Benares. Maddava, seeing that his chaplains son was yearning for his chief queen, gave her to him for a week. But at the end of the week the queen ran away with the youth and the king became ill with longing for her. Senaka thereupon arranged for a festival, in the course of which the king was shown a man swallowing a sword. The king then asked his counsellors, Ayura, Pukkusa and Senaka, if anything could be harder to do than that. They, in turn, replied that to promise a gift, to make it, and having made it, not to regret it, these acts were, in increasing degrees, far harder than swallowing a sword made in Dasanna. The king, grasping the purport of their answers, regained his self composure.

The story was told in reference to a monk who was tempted by his former wife.

The king was identified with the monk, Ayura with Moggallana, and Pukkusa with Sariputta (J.iii.336-41).

context information

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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