Sadhusila Jataka (#200)

temple painting of Sadhusila Jataka

The Bodhisatta was once a teacher. A father had four daughters and they had four suitors, one handsome, one old, one from a noble family, and one virtuous. The father could not decide which man to give his daughters to, so he went to ask the Bodhisatta. The Bodhisatta answered that all four qualities were good, but virtue is the best measure of a man. So the father gave his daughters to the virtuous man.

In the Lifetime of the Buddha

A father had four daughters and they had four suitors, one handsome, one old, one from a noble family, and one virtuous. The father could not decide which man to give his daughters to, so he went to ask the Buddha. To answer, the Buddha told this story from one of the father’s earlier births when he faced the exact same situation.

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