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Twenty-four of the Buddha's such a lot amazing disciples are delivered to existence in ten chapters of wealthy narration. Drawn from a variety of actual Pali resources, the cloth in those tales hasn't ever ahead of been assembled in one quantity. via those enticing stories, we meet all demeanour of humans - wealthy, bad, male, girl, younger, outdated - whose specified tales are advised with an eye fixed to the main points of normal human matters. while learn with cautious awareness, those tales can sharpen our figuring out of the Buddhist direction by way of permitting us to think about the residing snap shots of the folk who fulfilled the early Buddhist beliefs of human perfection. The characters specified include:

  • Sariputta
  • Nanda
  • Mahamoggallana
  • Mahakassapa
  • Ananda
  • Isidasi
  • Anuruddha
  • Mahakaccana
  • Angulimala
  • Visakha
  • and many more.


Conveniently annotated with an analogous process of sutta references utilized in all of the different sequence volumes, Great Disciples of the Buddha permits the reader to simply position every one scholar within the better photograph of Buddha's lifestyles. it's a quantity that no critical scholar of Buddhism may still omit.

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And his disciples now dwell following that path and become possessed of it afterwards. This, monks, is the distinction, the disparity, the difference between the Tathāgata, the Arahant, the Fully Enlightened One, and a monk liberated by wisdom” (SN 22:58). In terms of personal qualities, the Buddha, as the founder of the sāsana, the teaching or “Dispensation,” possesses a vast array of skills and modes of knowledge that are not fully shared by his disciples. 1 Such faculties are necessary to enable the Buddha to fulfill his essential mission of establishing the Dispensation in the world at large and of guiding countless beings to liberation from suffering.

292/293 (1982). The following stories are new to this volume: “Visākhā: The Buddha’s Chief Patroness” (trans. by Friedgard Lottermoser, enlarged by Bhikkhu Bodhi); “Ambapālī: The Generous Courtesan,” “Sirimā and Uttarā,” and “Isidāsī: A Journey through Saṁsāra” (trans. by Amadeo Solé-Leris). ” Enlarged trans. by Nyanaponika Thera. First published as BPS Wheel No. 312 (1984). ” Trans. under supervision of Nyanaponika Thera. First published as Anāthapiṇḍika: The Great Benefactor, BPS Wheel No. 334 (1986).

Only on the next day, at the earliest, should one take up the next chapter. As these accounts can cast a spell of fascination over the mind, it is important to curb one’s curiosity and repeatedly remind oneself why one is reading this collection. The proper reason should be: not for the sake of interesting anecdotes and romantic images of a bygone period, but to uplift one’s spiritual vision with the living portraits of those who fulfilled the early Buddhist ideals of human perfection. CHAPTER 1 SĀRIPUTTA THE MARSHAL OF THE DHAMMA Nyanaponika Thera PROLOGUE IN MANY TEMPLES OF SRI LANKA you will find, on either side of the Buddha image, the statues of two monks.

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