Dhamma Jataka, Dhamma-jātaka: 1 definition


Dhamma 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The Bodhisatta once became a Kamavacara god, named Dhamma, and Devadatta became Adhamma. On uposatha days Dhamma would appear among men and urge them to lead virtuous lives, while Adhamma encouraged them in wickedness. One day, their two chariots meeting in mid air, they each claimed the right of way. But at the end of the argument Adhammas chariot fell headlong to earth, where he was swallowed up into hell. The story was related in reference to Devadattas being swallowed up in Avici. J.iv.100-4.

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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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