Kutidusaka Jataka, Kutidūsaka-jātaka: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A singila bird, seeing a monkey shivering in the rain, suggested to him that he should build a nest. The monkey, in envy, destroyed the birds nest.

The story was told in reference to a novice Ulunkasaddaka, who had burnt down Maha Kassapas hut in a forest near Rajagaha. At that time Maha Kassapa had two novices, one serviceable and helpful and the other ill behaved. Whatever was done by his comrade the latter would pretend that he himself had done it. One day, in exasperation, the good novice heated water for the Elders bath and then hid it in a back room, leaving only a little in the boiler. When the other novice saw the steam rising he informed the Elder that his bath was ready. When asked where was the water, he let a ladle down into the almost empty boiler and the ladle rattled. When the story became known he was nick named Ulunkasaddaka (Rattle ladle).

Being found fault with on this and several other occasions, he bore the Elder a grudge, and one day, having set fire to the Elders hut, he ran away. Later he was born first as a peta and then in Avici. This incident was reported to the Buddha by monks who came from Rajagaha.

The monkey of the Jataka is identified with the wicked novice. J.iii.71ff.

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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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