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(Pāli, introductory tale).

The Introduction to the Jātaka commentary. It narrates the biography of the Buddha in three sections: the first concerns his previous lives from the time he was the Bodhisattva Sumeda until his birth in the Tuṣita heaven; the second concerns his birth as Siddhartha and recounts his life up unto his enlightenment (bodhi); the third describes his life as the Buddha up to the donation of the Jetavana monastery by Anāthapiṇḍika.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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