Kusa-jataka, aka: Kusa-jātaka, Kuśa-jātaka, Kusha-jataka; 2 Definition(s)

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Kusa-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.

The Sanskrit term Kuśa-jātaka can be transliterated into English as Kusa-jataka or Kusha-jataka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Kusa-jataka in Theravada glossaries]

The story of Kusa (q.v.). It was told in reference to a backsliding monk who fell in love with a woman in Savatthi, neglected all his duties and refused food. He was taken to the Buddha, who related this story to show how even mighty men may lose their power and come to misery through love of a woman. (J.v.278ff; the story is also given in Mtu.iii.1ff; ii.441f; the details differ, as do some of the names, from the Pali version).

The story bears much resemblance to that of Anitthigandha (q.v.). See also Sammillabhasini.

(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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Kusa-jataka in Pali glossaries]

Kusa, 1. the kusa grass (Poa cynosuroides) DhA. III, 484: tikhiṇadhāraṃ tiṇaṃ antamaso tālapaṇṇam pi; Dh. 311; J. I, 190 (=tiṇa); IV, 140.—2. a blade of grass used as a mark or a lot: pātite kuse “when the lot has been cast” Vin. I, 299; kusaṃ saṅkāmetvā “having passed the lot on” Vin. III, 58.

—agga the point of a blade of grass PvA. 254=DA. I, 164; Sdhp. 349; kusaggena bhuñjati or pivati to eat or drink only (as little as) with a blade of grass Dh. 70; VvA. 73 (cp. Udānavarga p. 105);—kaṇṭhaka=prec. Pv III, 228;—cīra a garment of grass Vin. I, 305=D. I, 167 =A. I, 240, 295=II. 206=Pug. 55;—pāta the casting of a kusa lot Vin. I, 285;—muṭṭhi a handful of grass A. V, 234= 249. (Page 223)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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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