Pancavudha Jataka, Pañcāvudha-jātaka: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The Bodhisatta born as king of Benares. He was the son of Brahmadatta, and was named Pancavudha kumara because eight hundred brahmins prophesied that he would win glory through prowess in arms. He studied in Takkasila, and, at the end of his course, his teacher gave him a set of five weapons. On the way home he had a conflict with an ogre named Silesaloma, against whom his weapons were of no avail, as they could not penetrate the ogres hair. But he fought on, and the ogre, marvelling at his courage and his fearlessness, set him free. He thereupon preached to the ogre and converted him. Pancavudha later became king of Benares. J.i.272ff.

The ogre is identified with Angulimala. The story was related in reference to a monk who had renounced all effort. J.i.272ff.

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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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