Kama Jataka, Kāma-jātaka: 1 definition


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

Brahmadatta, king of Benares, had two sons. When he died the elder refused the crown and retired into a frontier village. The people there, discovering his identity, offered to pay their taxes to him instead of to the king, and the king, at his request, agreed.

As his power increased, the prince became more covetous and demanded the kingdom, which the younger brother gladly renounced. But the elders greed was insatiable, and Sakka, to teach him a lesson, came in the guise of a young man and offered to capture for him three cities. The king made up his mind to accept the offer; but, then the young man could not be found, and the king fell ill of greed.

The Bodhisatta, just returned from Takkasila, heard of this, and having obtained the kings leave to treat him, cured him of this disease by showing him the futility of his wishes. Thereafter the king became a righteous ruler (J.iv.167ff).

The story was told in reference to the brahmin to whom the Kama Sutta was preached. The Kamanita Jataka was also preached in this connection.

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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