Kosiya Jataka, aka: Kosiya-jātaka; 2 Definition(s)
Kosiya 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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
1. Kosiya Jataka (No.130) - A brahmin of Benares had a bad wife who lay in bed by day feigning sickness and spent her nights in enjoyment. The husband worked hard to supply her with dainties, and, in consequence, could not visit his teacher who was the Bodhisatta. When the latter discovered the truth, he advised the brahmin to prepare a mess of cow dung and other things and to insist that his wife should either swallow this medicine or get up and work. She then knew that her shamming was discovered and abandoned her evil ways.
The story was told to a brahmin of Savatthi, a pious follower of the Buddha, whose wife behaved in a similar way. The Buddha told him this story of the past and asked him to try the same remedy, for, he said, the brahmin and his wife were identical with the couple of the story (J.i.463f).
In the atitavatthu the woman is addressed as Kosiya. The scholiast (J.i.465) adds that she belonged to the Kosiyagotta.
2. Kosiya Jataka (No.226) - The king of Benares, making war at an unseasonable time while camping in the park, saw an owl (kosiya) being attacked by crows. The king asked his minister the reason for this; the minister, being the Bodhisatta, said the owl had left his hiding place too early that is, before sunset.
The story was told to Pasenadi, who visited Jetavana on his way to quell a border rising; the time was unsuitable for such an enterprise. J.ii.208f.
3. Kosiya Jataka (No.470) - Given under the Sudhabhojana Jataka.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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).
Languages of India and abroad
Kosiya, an owl J. II, 353, cp. Np. Kosiyāyana J. I, 496. Biḷārakosika (and °kosiya) J. IV, 69. (Page 230)Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
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The Jataka tales [English], Volume 1-6 (by Robert Chalmers)
Jataka 470: Kosiya-jātaka < [Volume 4]
Jataka 226: Kosiya-jātaka < [Book II - Dukanipāta]
Jataka 130: Kosiya-jātaka < [Book I - Ekanipāta]
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)