Cammasataka Jataka (#324)

The Bodhisatta was once a merchant. An ascetic wearing leather clothes out on an alms round passed by a ram fighting area. When a ram saw him approaching it stepped back and the ascetic thought it was showing him respect like a person would. The Bodhisatta saw this happening and tried to warn the ascetic the ram was actually about to attack, but before he could finish his sentence, the ram charged at full speed and knocked the ascetic over. He lied on the ground groaning in pain and regretting his foolish confidence. He died soon after.

In the Lifetime of the Buddha

An ascetic wearing leather clothes out on an alms round passed by a ram fighting area. When a ram saw him approaching it stepped back and the ascetic thought it was showing him respect like a person would. But then it charged at full speed and knocked the ascetic over and killed him.

When the Buddha heard some of his disciples discussing the ascetic’s death, he told them this story so they knew the exact same thing had happened to the same ascetic in the past.

previous arrow                next arrow

Share this page.