Saketa Jataka, Sāketa-jātaka: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Saketa Jataka (No. 68). Once, when the Buddha visited Saketa, an old brahmin met him at the gate and fell at his feet, calling him his son, and took him home to see his mother the brahmins wife and his brothers and sisters the brahmins family. There the Buddha and his monks were entertained to a meal, at the end of which the Buddha preached the Jara Sutta. Both the brahmin and his wife became Sakadagamins. When the Buddha returned to Anjanavana, the monks asked him what the brahmin had meant by calling him his son. The Buddha told them how the brahmin had been his father in five hundred successive past births, his uncle in a like number, and his grandfather in another five hundred. The brahmins wife had similarly been his mother, his aunt, and his grandmother. J.i.308f; cf. DhA.iii.317f.; SNA.ii.532f.

2. Saketa Jataka (No. 237). The story of the present is the same as in Jataka (1) above. When the Buddha returned to the monastery he was asked how the brahmin had recognized him. He explained how in those who have loved in previous lives, love springs afresh, like lotus in the pond. J.i.234f

Saketa Sutta. The Buddha explains to the monks at Saketa how it is possible to reckon the five indriyas as the five balas and the five balas as the five indriyas. By developing the five indriyas, release can be attained. S.v.219f.

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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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