Once the Bodhisatta was leader of a band of five hundred ascetics in Himavā. One day they came to the city of Bharu for salt and vinegar, and took up their residence under a banyan-
The story was told to Pasenadi, king of Kosala, who took bribes from some heretics and gave permission for them to build a centre near Jetavana. When the Buddha heard of it, he sent monks to interview the king, but the latter refused to receive even the Chief Disciples. The Buddha then went himself and dissuaded the king from giving permission for an act which would lead to endless dissensions.
J.ii.169 ﬀ; the story is also given at SA.iii.218 f., which says further that Pasenadi built the Rājakārāma to make amends for his fault.