Atthassadvara Jataka (#84)

temple painting of Atthassadvara Jataka

The Bodhisatta was once a treasurer. His son was very smart. One day, when seven years old, he asked his father how to care for his spiritual welfare and he told him the six paths: be healthy, seek goodness, be righteous, listen to elders, study the scriptures, be truthful, and do not get attached to things. The son followed these rules for the rest of his life.

In the Lifetime of the Buddha

A precocious seven-year-old boy asked his father, a wealthy treasurer, what were the paths to spiritual welfare. Not knowing the answer, the father went to ask the Buddha, who answered by telling him this story because the wise child from the past was an earlier birth of this boy.

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