Seyya Jataka, Seyya-jātaka: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The Bodhisatta was king of Benares and ruled well. One of his courtiers was found guilty of an intrigue in the harem and was banished. He went to the court of an enemy king and persuaded him to lead an army against Benares. The Bodhisatta offered no resistance, and was captured and cast into the prison in chains. While there he developed the ecstasy of pity towards his enemy, whose body became filled with great pain. Having discovered the reason, he set the prisoner free and restored to him his kingdom.

The story was related in reference to a courtier of the king of Kosala who was imprisoned on a false charge. Owing to his virtue he became a Sotapanna, and the king, discovering his innocence, set him free.

Ananda is identified with the marauding king. J.ii.400, 403; of. the Mahasilava Jataka.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

[«previous (S) next»] — Seyya Jataka in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Seyya, (adj.) (Sk. śreyas, compar. formn) better, excellent; Nom. masc. seyyo S. III, 48 sq.; Sn. 918; Dh. 308; Dhs. 1116; J. I, 180; Nom. fem. seyyasi J. V, 393; Nom. neut. seyyo often used as a noun, meaning good, happiness, wellbeing Vin. I, 33; D. I, 184; II, 330; Sn. 427, 440; Dh. 76, 100; J. II, 44; VI, 4 (maraṇaṃ eva seyyo, with Abl. of compar. rajjato); Pv. II, 943 (dhanaṃ); IV, 16 (jīvitaṃ); Nom. fem. seyyā J. V, 94; Nom. Acc. neutr. seyyaṃ J. II, 402; III, 237; Abl. as adv. seyyaso “still better” Dh. 43; J. II, 402; IV, 241. Superl. seṭṭha. (Page 723)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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