Sankappa Jataka, Saṅkappa-jātaka: 1 definition

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Sankappa 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 once born into a very rich family of Benares. When his parents died he gave away his wealth, became an ascetic in the Himalaya, and developed iddhi powers. During the rains he returned to Benares, where, at the kings invitation, he lived in the royal park. For twelve years he did this, till, one day, the king had to leave to quell a frontier rebellion, after having instructed the queen to look after the ascetic. One evening the ascetic returned rather late to the palace, and the queen, rising hastily at his arrival, let her garment slip. The ascetics mind became filled with thoughts of lust, and he lost his powers. On his return to the hermitage, he lay there for seven days without touching food. On his return, the king visited the ascetic, who explained that his heart had been wounded. Asking the king to retire from the hut, he once more developed his trance. He then took leave of the king and returned to Himava.

The story was told to a monk who was filled with discontent because he had fallen in love with a woman whom he met on his alms rounds. The king is identified with Ananda. J.ii.271-77.

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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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