Supatta Jataka, Supatta-jātaka: 1 definition



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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Supatta Jataka in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

The Bodhisatta was once a crow, named Supatta, king of eighty four thousand crows: His chief mate was Suphassa and his chief companion Sumukha. One day, while Supatta and Suphassa were out looking for food, they noticed that the kings cook had prepared a host of dishes and had left some of them out in the open to cool. Suphassa sniffed at the food but said nothing. The next day, however, she wished to stay behind and taste some of the kings food. Supatta consulted his captain, and they went with a large number of crows, whom they set in groups round the kitchen. As the cook was taking the dishes on a pingo, Sumukha, as arranged, attacked him with beak and claw and made him drop them. Then the crows ate their fill and flew away with food for Supatta and Suphassa. Sumukha was caught and taken before the king, who has seen what had happened. When questioned by the king, he told him the whole story and said that he would gladly lose his life for his king, Supatta. The king sent for Supatta and listened to his preaching, and, thereafter protecting all creatures, practised the good life.

The story was told in reference to Sariputta, who had obtained from Pasenadi a meal of red rice and new ghee, flavoured with red fish, because he had been informed by Rahula that Bimbadevi (Rahulamata) suffered from gastric trouble and would be cured by this food.

The king of Benares is identified with Ananda, Sumukha with Sariputta, and Suphassa with Rahulamata. J.ii.433-6.

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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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