Kukkuta Jataka (#383)

The Bodhisatta was once a wild chicken. A female cat frequently deceived members of his flock and ate them. The cat knew the Bodhisatta was very wise, but was determined to eat him anyway, so she flattered him about his beauty and asked him to marry her. He knew she had eaten many of his relatives and to get rid of her said beasts and birds should never marry. But she didn’t give up and promised him youth and beauty if he married her, or even just took her as a slave. The Bodhisatta got more direct and said he knew she had killed his family and she was wicked, so the cat went away.

In the Lifetime of the Buddha

One of the Buddha’s disciples considered quitting the monkhood after he saw a beautifully dressed woman. The Buddha told him women are like cats, they deceive and lure men into ruin. He then told him this story as an example, and the disciple decided not to leave.

The Buddha did not identify any earlier births other than his own.

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