Sanjiva Jataka, Sañjīva-jātaka: 1 definition


Sanjiva 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 a famous teacher in Benares, and among his pupils was a young brahmin, Sanjiva, who was taught a spell for raising the dead, but not the counter spell. One day he went with his companions into the forest, and they came across a dead tiger. He uttered the charm and restored it to life. The tiger instantly killed him and fell down dead again.

The story was told in reference to Ajatasattu after his visit to the Buddha. The Buddha said that had it not been for his crime of patricide he would have become a sotapanna, but because of his early association with Devadatta he had committed numerous bad deeds and shut himself out from that possibility.

Sanjiva is identified with Ajatasattu. J.i.508 11.

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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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