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Nāmasiddhi Jātaka (No.97)

Once the Bodhisatta was a famous teacher of Takkasilā, and among his pupils was one named Pāpaka. Wishing for a less ill-omened name, he consulted his teacher. The Bodhisatta suggested that Pāpaka should travel and find a suitable name. He came back a wiser man, for he discovered that those name “Jīvaka” died and that some named “Dhanapālī” grovelled in poverty. He thus realised that a name signified nothing.

The story was related in reference to a monk called Pāpaka who wished to change his name. The two are identical. J.i.401 ff.

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