Candabha Jataka (#135)

temple painting of Candabha Jataka

The Bodhisatta was once an ascetic. His dying words were, “Moonlight and sunlight.” His chief disciple explained that this statement meant if a person uses the sun and the moon as a subject matter for meditation, they will be reborn in a high heaven between earthly lives, but the other disciples did not believe him. So the Bodhisatta came down from heaven and told them the chief disciple was wise and his explanation was correct. Then he returned to heaven.

In the Lifetime of the Buddha

The Bodhisatta’s chief disciple was an earlier birth of Sariputta, one of the Buddha’s top disciples. Sariputta was skilled at explaining things, and after he had interpreted one of the Buddha’s lessons very clearly, the Buddha told this story so others knew that Sariputta also had this ability in the past.

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