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Saṭṭhikūṭapeta

There was once a cripple in Bārāṇasī adept in throwing stones. He lived at the city gate, under a banyan tree, and cut the leaves of the tree into different shapes for children who gave him some of their food. One day, the king discovered his skill and engaged his services to throw a pint pot of goat’s dung into the mouth of a brahmin who never stopped talking. The cripple sat behind a curtain through which he threw the pellets of dung as the brahmin talked. Then the king told the brahmin, and he was cured of his talking and the cripple won great wealth. Desiring gain, a certain man ministered to the cripple and learnt his art, and, when he left, the cripple warned him not to throw stones at anyone who had father or mother or owner. While wandering about, the man came across the Pacceka Buddha Sunetta, and, thinking him a fit victim, threw a stone through his ear. The Pacceka Buddha suffered great pain and died. When it was discovered, the man was killed and was reborn in Avīci. Later he became a hungry ghost (peta) on Gijjhakūṭa and Mahā-Moggallāna saw him going through the air, while sixty thousand blazing hammers rose and fell on his head. Pv.iv.16; PvA.282‑6; DhA.ii.68 ff; cf. J.i.418 f. (Sālittaka Jātaka).

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