Chapter XXVIII — Avakirnakusuma (RiBa)

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Jiva, or Jivaka.

  • A contemporary of the Buddha and an influential sponsor and protector of Buddhism. Son of King Bimbishara by a concubine. On his birth he is said to have seized the acupuncture needle and bag. He became famous for his medical skill and was honored as the king of healers. Jiva can be rendered as life-giving. [RY]