[INDOLOGY] Vessantara-Jataka

Fumi Yao yao.mjug.ma.brgyad at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 11:39:46 UTC 2014

Dear Professor Koch,

I think the story of Viśvantara in the Tibetan translation of the
Bhaiṣajyavastu of
the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya is close to your example in spite of some minor
It appears Derge 'Dul ba Kha232a-b:
de nas lha rnams kyi dbang po brgya byin gyis bus pa gzhon nu khyer ba'i
bram ze ji ltar
thams cad kyi grong rdal du 'tshong bar brtsams pa de ltar rmongs par byas
de gnyis rgyal po'i zho shas 'tsho ba rnams kyis mthong nas de rnams rgyal
po'i drung du dong ste smras pa/
bus pa nag po dang/ dra ba can ni bram ze zhig tshong 'dus na 'tshong zhing
mchis (Kha232b) lags so//
des bsgo ba/ shes ldan dag deng la khrid de shog shig/ de gnyis khrid de
'ongs pa dang/ rgyal pos srang la
bcal te mnyam du gser gyis blus so//

Here the Brahmin sells Prince Viśvantara's son Kṛṣṇa (nag po) and daughter
Jālinī (dra ba can), and the king,
Viśvantara's father, saves his grandchildren, paying gold according to the
weight of the children.
This part is missing in the extant Sanskrit manuscript of the
Bhaiṣajyavastu, and the Chinese translation and
a parallel story in the Saṅghabhedavastu does not say that the king had the
children weighed and payed gold for them.

I hope this would be useful to you.

Fumi Yao

2014-10-28 18:54 GMT+09:00 Rolf Heinrich Koch <rolfheiner.koch at gmail.com>:

>  Dear listmembers,
> continous paintings of the Vessantara-Jataka murals in Sri Lankan
> monasteries
> depict always an episode which I cannot trace back to Pali-, buddhist
> Sanskrit or
> Tibetean sources.
> It is the following episode (picture attached):
> the Brahman Jujaka gets for the release of Vessantara's daughter
> golden coins accoring to the weight of this girl. The murals depicting
> always a balance with Kṛṣṇajalī (the daughter) sitting in one
> scale pan, coins are visible the second pan.
> Now I could find the description of this part of the mural in the
> Sinhalese tradition (13th century).
> Did anyone came across literal descriptions with a similar content?
> Probably in Chinese, Burmese or Siam sources?
> Best
> Heiner
> (Rolf Heinrich Koch)
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