Sambhava Jataka, aka: Sambhava-jātaka; 2 Definition(s)


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Dhananjaya Koravya, king of Indapatta, asks a question of his chaplain Sucirata on dhammayaga (the Service of Truth). Sucirata confesses ignorance, and declares that none but Vidhura, chaplain of the king of Benares, could find the answer. At once the king sends him with an escort and a present and a tablet of gold on which the answer may be written. Sucirata visits other sages on the way, and finally Vidhura, who had been his school mate. When the question is asked, Vidhura refers it to his son Bhadrakara, who, however, is busy with an intrigue with a woman and cannot give attention to the matter. He sends Sucirata to his younger brother, Sanjaya, but he, too, is occupied, and sends him on to his brother Sambhava (the Bodhisatta), a boy of seven. Sucirata finds him playing in the street, but when he is asked the question, he answers it with all the fluent mastery of a Buddha. All Benares, including the king, hears the answer and stays to listen. Sambhava is paid great honour and receives many presents. Sucirata notes the answer on the golden tablet and brings it to Dhananjaya.

The story is related in reference to the Buddhas great wisdom. Dhananjaya is identified with Ananda, Sucirata with Anuruddha, Vidhura with Kassapa, Bhadrakara with Moggallana and Sanjaya with Sariputta. J.v.57 67.

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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