References wanted for 2 stories from Goenka discourses

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References wanted for 2 stories from Goenka discourses

Postby being5 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:36 am

Hello to all,

There are two stories I have heard (in discourses by S.N.Goenka) and I wonder if someone here can point me to where they come from in the Pali Cannon and a translation/commentary by a Theravadin scholar.

One is about a woman who waits long for a child and finally has one only to lose him to death and she is distraught and will not acknowledge he has died. People bring her to the Buddha and he sends her to bring sesame seeds from the town - but she must bring them from a household where they have never had a brush with death. Of course she can't find such a household.

The second is about a woman whose children and husband die and she is alone and becomes wild with grief. She goes around the village naked (not in her right mind) and the peope throw stones at her. Someone brings her to the Buddha and he teaches her to meditate.

thanks for any help with this

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Re: References wanted for 2 stories from Goenka discourses

Postby zavk » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:51 am

Hi Being5

The first one is the story of Kisa Gotami:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

The second one I believe is Patachara

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=6Ih ... q=&f=false
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Re: References wanted for 2 stories from Goenka discourses

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:54 am

For the first see Kisa Gotami on this page:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index-names.html
In particular, the story is in the Commentary here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/noncanon ... 1-ao0.html and discussed here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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