Junha Jataka, Junha-jātaka: 1 definition


Junha 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»] — Junha Jataka in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Once the Bodhisatta was born as Junha, son of Brahmadatta, king of Benares. He studied in Takkasila and, on one occasion, while walking in the dark, he ran up against a brahmin, knocking him down and breaking his bowl. Junha raised the brahmin to his feet and, on being asked for the price of a meal, told the brahmin who he was. He had no money with him, but requested the brahmin to remind him of the circumstance when he should become king. In due time Junha was anointed, and the brahmin stood one day by the road when the king was passing on his elephant. The brahmin stretched out his hand, crying, Victory to the king. Junha took no notice, so the brahmin uttered a stanza to the effect that a king should not neglect a brahmins request. Junha then turned back, and the man explained who he was, asking Junha for five villages, one hundred slave girls, one thousand ornaments and two wives, all of which Junha gave him.

The story was related in reference to the eight boons granted by the Buddha to Ananda when the latter became his constant attendant. Ananda is identified with the brahmin (J.iv.95-100).

See also the Nanacchanda 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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