Indriya Jataka, Indriya-jātaka: 2 definitions


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Once an ascetic named Narada, younger brother of Kaladevala, became a disciple of the Bodhisatta Jotipala (also called in the story Sarabhanga), and lived in the mountainous country of Aranjara. Near Naradas hermitage was a river, on the banks of which courtesans used to sit, tempting men. Narada saw one of these courtesans, and becoming enamoured of her, forsook his meditations and pined away for lack of food. Kaladevala, being aware of this, tried to wean him from his desires. Narada, however, refused to be comforted, even when his colleagues, Salissara, Mendissara and Pabbatissara admonished him. In the end Sarabhanga himself was summoned and Narada, having listened to the words of his Master, was persuaded to give up his passion.

The story was told in reference to a backsliding monk. He went about for alms with his teachers and instructors but, being their junior, he received very little attention. Dissatisfied with his food and treatment, he sought his wife of former days. She provided him with every comfort and gradually tempted him with the desire to become a householder again. When the monks fellow celibates discovered his wish, they took him to the Buddha who preached to him this Jataka, showing that in a past life, too, he had been sorely tempted by the same woman. Narada was identified with the backsliding monk and the courtesan with the wife of his lay days (J.iii.461-9).

The Buddha is stated on this occasion to have preached also the Kandina Jataka (J.i.153ff), the Radha Jataka (J.i.495ff), the Ruhaka Jataka (J.ii.113ff), the Kanavera Jataka (J.iii.58ff), the Asanka Jataka (J.iii.248ff) and the Alambusa Jataka (J.v.152ff).

The Indriya Jataka is also referred to in the Kamavilapa Jataka (J.ii.443ff), but the connection between the two stories is not clear; perhaps the reference is to another story of the same name.

See also Sarabhanga Jataka.

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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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