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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Dhonasākha Jātaka:Once a prince of Benares,named Brahmadatta,learned the arts from the Bodhisatta,then a teacher atTakkasilā.The teacher (Pārāsariya),having observed his character,warned him against harshness and counselled him to be gentle.In due course,Brahmadatta became king,and on the advice of his chaplain,Pingiya,went out at the head of a large army and captured alive one thousand kings.

He could not,however,take Takkasilā,and Pingiya suggested that a sacrifice be offered,to take the form of blinding the captive kinks and letting their blood flow round the rampart.This was done; but when Brahmadatta went to bathe,a Yakkha tore out his right eye,and,as be lay down,a sharp-pointed bone,dropped by a vulture,blinded his left eye.He died in agony and was born in hell.

The story was related in reference to Bodhirājakumāra who blinded the architect of his palace (Kokanada),lest he should build another as grand.

Bodhi is identified with Brahmadatta and Devadatta with Pingiya (J.iii.157.161).

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