Kalyana Dhamma Jataka: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The Bodhisatta was once a rich merchant in Benares. One day, when he had gone to pay his respects to the king, his mother in law visited his wife. The former was deaf, and on asking her daughter if they were happy, and receiving the reply that the husband was a very good man, like a hermit, she heard only the word hermit, and she raised a great uproar thinking that her son in law had turned hermit. The news spread like wildfire, and as the merchant was on his way home he was told by someone that all the members of his household were weeping because he had become a hermit. Thinking that auspicious words should not be trifled with, the merchant went to the king, took his leave, and became an ascetic in the Himalaya.

The story was told in reference to a merchant of Savatthi to whom the same thing happened when he went to pay his respects to the Buddha (J.ii.63-5).

The story is also given in the Jatakamala, where it is called the Sresthi Jataka (No.20).

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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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