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Story of Kumara Kassapa
The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C.B. Varma
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for children is well reflected by his care and attention as is evidenced
by his care for the tots like the two Sopakas, Chulla Panthaka, Dabba
Mallaputta, Kumara Kassapa and so on.
Once a woman wanted to
join the Order of the Buddha; but was not allowed by her parents. So, she
married a wealthy banker of Rajagaha; and in course of time succeeded in
obtaining his permission to join the Sangha as a nun. But soon it was
noticed that she was pregnant. Alarmed, some monks and nuns brought this
matter to Devadatta, who in turn accused her of misconduct. Eventually,
the matter was brought before the Buddha, who entrusted Upali to
investigate into the matter. Upali conducted the enquiry with the help of
Visakha and other residents of Savatthi and found her innocent. He then
announced the truth in the court of Savatthi King.
When the nun delivered the baby, the Buddha blessed him. The baby, received the name Kumara Kassapa; and was reared by the king of Savatthi for seven years. Then he received his ordination at the age of seven.
See Anguttara Nikaya 1.24; Theragatha Atthakatha 1.322.
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