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Story on Death


#1

Sorry, this is really off-topic, but I have to talk at a funeral and I’m looking for a particular reference ASAP:
Anyone remember the story about the lay family of farmers whose practice was the meditation on death? One day the father and son went to the field and the son was bitten by a snake and died. The father kept working but sent word to the mother that only one lunch would be needed that day. The mother implicitly understood what must have happened and sent the single lunch. And the proceeds on like that, with family member after family member just taking death in stride.
I can’t remember if it was a Jataka or a Dhammapada story. Can anyone out there help?
Thanks.


#2

Another snake story:
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.069.than.html


#3

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/noncanon/comy/thiga-10-01-ao0.html


#4

Thank you very much for these, but I’m looking for a very specific story about a family and their dealing with death. It’s either a Jataka or a Dhammapada backstory (I can‘t remember which). Thanks, anyway.


#5

You’re thinking of Jataka 354:


#6

Yes!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Peace and Happiness to you and to everyone else who responded!