Kuddala Jataka, aka: Kuddāla-jātaka; 2 Definition(s)


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Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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The Bodhisatta was once a gardener in Benares, and because his only possession was a spade (kuddala) he was known as Kuddala Pandita. Later he became a recluse, but six times thoughts of his spade drew him back to the world. The seventh time he threw the spade into the river and shouted for joy, winning insight. The king of Benares heard his shouts, and on knowing the reason for them, resolved to join Kuddala as an anchorite. When the news spread, the people from twelve leagues round accompanied them, and Sakka sent Vissakamma to erect monasteries for them in the Himalaya.

The story was told in reference to Citta Hatthisariputta (q.v.) (J.i.311ff). The names of some of those who accompanied Kuddala in his renunciation are mentioned at the end of the Hatthipala (J.iv.490) and the Mugapakkha Jataka. J.vi.30.

The same story is given in different words in the Dammapada Commentary (DhA.i.311f).

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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