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Nidānakathā

The introductory chapter of the Jātaka Commentary.

It gives the story of the Buddha in three sections:

  1. the distant cause (Dūre-nidāna) from the time of his birth, as Sumedha, up to his birth in the Tusita world;
  2. the recent cause (Avidūre-nidāna) from his death in Tusita and his birth as Siddhattha, son of Suddhodana, up to his Enlightenment;
  3. and the present cause Santike-nidāna, which contains his story up to the dedication of Jetavana by Anāthapiṇḍika. J.i.1‑94.

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