Kusanali Jataka, Kusanāli-jātaka: 1 definition



Kusanali 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)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The Bodhisatta was born as a sprite, in a clump of kusa grass. Hard by was a mukkhaka tree in which lived a Tree sprite. One day the kings carpenter, looking for a suitable pillar for the kings one pillared palace, reluctantly decided to fell the mukkhaka. Learning of the Tree sprites imminent danger, the Bodhisatta assumed the shape of a chameleon and deceived the carpenter in such a way that he saw the mukkhaka as all rotten and of no use for his purpose.

The story was told in reference to one of Anathapindikas friends. He was of low rank and poor, and Anathapindikas other friends protested against such intimacy. But one day the poor friend saved Anathapindikas house from being burgled. The Buddha related the story to show how each, according to his strength, could help a friend in need (J.i.441ff).

Ananda was the Tree sprite. The story is often quoted (E.g., J.iv.77) to show the value of a good friend.

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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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