| Minor Stories Index
90: The Story of the Question Asked by Jivaka
While residing at the
mango-grove monastery of Jivaka, the Buddha uttered Verse
(90) of this
book, with reference to the question raised by Jivaka to the Buddha.
Devadatta, on one occasion, tried to kill the Buddha by pushing a big rock from
the peak of
Gijjhakuta mountain (Vulture's Peak). The rock struck a ledge on the side of
and a splinter struck the big toe of the Buddha. The Buddha
was taken to the
monastery of Jivaka. There, Jivaka, the renowned physician, attended on the
Buddha; he put
some medicine on the toe of the Buddha and bandaged it. Jivaka then left to see
patient in town, but promised to return and remove the bandage in the evening.
returned that night, the city-gates were already closed and he could not come to
Buddha that night. He was very upset, because if the bandage was not removed in
whole body would become very hot and the Buddha would be very ill.
Just about this time, the Buddha asked Thera Ananda to remove the bandage from
his big toe
and found that the wound was completely healed. Jivaka came to the monastery
morning and asked the Buddha, whether he felt great pain and distress the
previous night. The
Buddha replied, "Jivaka! Ever since I attained Buddhahood, there has been no pain
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
For him (an Arahat) whose journey is ended, who is free from sorrow and from all,
who has destroyed all fetters, there is no more distress.
At the end of the discourse many attained Sotapatti Fruition.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016