The Life of Buddha

The Story of Thera Revata

The Story of Thera Revata In a village or in a forest, in a valley or on a hill, wherever arahats dwell, that place is delightful Revata was the youngest brother of the Chief Disciple, Sariputta. He was the only one of the brothers and sisters of Sariputta who had not left home for the homeless life. His parents were very anxious to get him married. Revata was only seven…

The life of Sāriputta

The life of Sāriputta 1. Sāriputta Thera. The chief disciple (aggasāvaka) of Gotama - Buddha. He is also called Upatissa, which was evidently his personal name (M.i.150). The commentators say that Upatissa was the name of his village and that he was the eldest son of the chief family in the village, but other accounts give his village as Nālaka. His father was the brahmin, Vanganta (DhA.ii.84), and his mother,…

Mahā Moggallāna Thera

Mahā Moggallāna Thera Mahā Moggallāna Thera was the second of the Chief Disciples of the Buddha. He was born in Kolitagāma near Rājagaha, on the same day as Sāriputta (they were both older than the Buddha), and was called Kolita after his village. His mother was a brahminee called Moggalī (Moggallāni), and his father was the chief, householder of the village. Moggallāna’s and Sāriputta’s families had maintained an unbroken friendship…

The Story of Theri Kundalakesi

The Story of Theri Kundalakesi While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (102) and (103)of this book, with reference to Theri Kundalakesi. Kundalakesi was the daughter of a rich man from Rajagaha. She had led a very secluded life; but one day, she happened to see a thief being led out to be killed and she immediately fell inlove with him. Her parents had to pay for…

How to deal with Insults: Buddha teaches you!

How to deal with Insults: Buddha teaches you! One day Buddha was walking through a village teaching Dhamma. A very angry and rude young man belong to another group of believers came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.” Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young…

Devadatta

Devadatta Devadatta then decided to kill the Buddha himself. One day, when the Buddha was walking on the slopes of Gijjhakūta, he hurled down on him a great rock. Devadatta Son of the Sākiyan Suppabuddha (maternal uncle of the Buddha) and his wife Amitā. He had a sister Bhaddakaccānā, who married Prince Siddhattha. Mhv.ii.22; MT.136; DhA.iii.44. The Dulva (Rockhill, p.13) calls him the son of Amitodana and brother of Ananda.…

Prince Nanda

Prince Nanda  Son of Suddhodana and Mahāpajāpatī, and therefore half brother of the Buddha.  He was only a few days younger than the Buddha, and when the Buddha’s mother died, Pajapati gave her own child to nurses and suckled the Buddha herself (AA.i.186).On the third day of the Buddha’s visit to Kapilavatthu, after the Enlightenment, the Buddha went to Nanda’s house, where festivities were in progress in honour of Nanda’s…

The Buddha and Rāhula

The Buddha and Rāhula Rāhula was the only son of Prince Siddhattha and Princess Yasodharā. He was born on the day when Prince Siddhattha decided to renounce the world. Rāhula was the only son of Prince Siddhattha and Princess Yasodharā. He was born on the day when Prince Siddhattha decided to renounce the world. The happy news of the birth of his infant son was conveyed to him when he…

The Spiritual Relationship Between Yashodharā and Prince Siddhartha

The Spiritual Relationship Between Yashodharā and Prince Siddhartha “When my daughter (yashodarā) heard that you had taken to wearing simple yellow robes, she too gave up her jewels and wore yellow robes. When she heard that you had only one meal a day, she too had only one meal a day. When she heard that you slept on low, hard beds, she too gave up the luxurious palace couches and…

Queen Mahāmāyā

Queen Mahāmāyā The mother of the Buddha (D.ii.52; see Thomas: op. cit., 25).Her father was the Sākiyan Añjana of Devadaha, son of Devadahasakka, and her mother Yasodharā, daughter of Jayasena. (Mhv.ii.17ff.; elsewhere her father is called Mahā Suppabuddha (ThigA.141), while the Apadāna (ii.538) gives the name of her mother as Sulakkhanā). Dandapāni and Suppabuddha were her brothers, and Mahā Pajāpatī her sister. Both the sisters were married to Suddhodana in…

Story of Patacara

Story of Patacara     “Both of my sons…..their time is done - And on the road, my husband, dead;     My mother, father, and brother - Lie burning on the funeral heap.”     -Patacara “Both of my sons…..their time is done. And on the road, my husband, dead; My mother, father, and brother Lie burning on the funeral heap.” At the time of the Buddha, in Ancient India, the city…

The creed of he buddha

The Buddha is generally associated with the doctrine of Ahimsa. That is taken to be the be-all and end-all of his teachings. Hardly any one knows that what the Buddha taught is something very vast: far beyond Ahimsa. It is therefore necessary to set out in detail his tenets. I enumerate them below as I have understood them from my reading of the Tripitaka :     1. Religion is necessary…