Khadirangara Jataka, Khadiraṅgāra-jātaka: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Khadirangara Jataka in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Once the Bodhisatta was Treasurer of Benares, and a Pacceka Buddha, rising from a seven days samapatti, came to him at meal time. The Bodhisatta sent him some food, but Mara created a pit of glowing khadira embers between the Pacceka Buddha and the Treasurers house. When the Treasurer heard of this, he took the bowl of food himself and stepped into the pit, ready to die rather than to have his alms giving thwarted. A lotus sprang up to receive his foot, the pit vanished, and Mara, discomfited, vanished.

The story was related to Anathapindika.

A devata, who lived in the upper storey of his palace, had to come with her children down to the ground floor whenever the Buddha visited Anathapindika. She tried to check the merchants munificence by talking to his manager and his eldest son, but all in vain. At last, when as a result of his extreme piety Anathapindikas wealth was exhausted, the devata ventured to approach him and warn him of his impending ruin if he did not take heed. He ordered her out of the house, and she had, perforce, to obey. In despair she sought the aid of Sakka, who suggested that she should recover for the merchant all his debts, and reveal to him his hidden treasure which had been lost sight of. She did so, but Anathapindika, before consenting to pardon her, took her to the Buddha, who then related this Jataka. The Velamaka Sutta was also preached on this occasion (J.i.226-34; see also the Visayha Jataka). For a continuation of the story see the Siri Jataka.

According to the Dhammapada Commentary (DhA.i.447) the Khadirangara Jakata was preached in reference to the two friends Sirigutta and Gharadinna. It is said (AA.i.57) that at the preaching of the Jataka eighty four thousand beings realised the Truth.

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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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