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Any of a genre of Buddhist texts containing stories about a former birth of Gautama Buddha.

[Sanskrit Jātakam, from neut. of jātaka-, engendered (by), born (under), from jāta-, past participle of janate, he is born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Buddhism) one of the Jataka Tales
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Along the way he stopped at several places, all of which are mentioned in the Buddhist holy book 'Tripitaka', also known as the Pali Canon. It states: 'Then the Buddha reached a small port town on the Parushani (Ravi's original name in Sanskrit) with its huge markets, large river port and friendly people with roads leading inland.
While the Pali canon maintains that the good Buddhist should put down the "stick or sword" (DN 1.1.8 68) and that all sentient beings, even "tiny creatures," should be treated with mercy and compassion (AN 10.3.21 23), it is clear that neither of these injunctions are always followed by Buddhist followers.
Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings of Sri Lanka, the Pali Canon, dates back to the Fourth Buddhist council in 29 BC."
Broadening his scope, Sayers draws on sections of the Pali Canon to sketch the outlines of ancestor worship as reflected in early Buddhist texts (chapter 5).
Right action pops up all the time in the ancient Buddhist teachings, the Pali Canon. In one story, an old female ascetic known for her clever tongue and quick wit shows up at Buddha's camp to show off.
There are other scriptures too, called the Pali Canon, and they are our best source for knowing anything about the Buddha.
She argues against the charge that central texts of the Pali canon regard the world as having negative value, and also against the claim that nibbana requires a total rejection of the world (including the natural world).
To this end, he doesn't equally treat the rest of the Noble Eight-Fold Path He textually explores the Pali canon, the status and activities of noble persons, an analysis of the role of faith and higher knowledge.
unfortunately, the way the Pali Canon is organized with scant regard for temporal sequencing does not allow us to determine definitively whether either of these events had already taken place at the time of the Samagamasutta.
From a modern academic perspective, the most historically reliable accounts we have of the Buddha's life and teachings are found in the Pali canon. Most Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Buddhists acknowledge the authenticity of these Pali writings, but Batchelor repeatedly overrides them with his own agnostic preconceptions that cause him to portray the Buddha as the spitting image of himself.
(9) Dhammasattha is not once mentioned by name in the Pali canon or commentaries of the Mahavihara tradition, although it has an attested history of transmission in Burma and other parts of Buddhist Southeast Asia throughout the course of the second millennium CE, and is cited as an authoritative source of law in countless records of judicial disputes beginning from the mid-thirteenth century.