the life of the Buddha – part 3: 18. The Buddha Enters Nirvana

18. The Buddha Enters Nirvana IT was not the season for trees to bloom, yet the two trees that sheltered the Master were covered with blossoms. The flowers fell gently upon his couch, and from the sky, sweet melodies slowly drifted down. The Master said to pious Ananda: “See: it is not the season for … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 18. The Buddha Enters Nirvana

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 17. The Meal at Cunda’s

17. The Meal at Cunda’s THE Master and his disciples stopped at Pava, in the garden of Cunda, the blacksmith. Cunda came and paid homage to the Master, and said to him: “My Lord, do me the honor of taking your meal at my home, to-morrow.” The Master accepted. The next day, Cunda had pork … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 17. The Meal at Cunda’s

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 16. The Buddha Instructs the Monks of Vaisali

16. The Buddha Instructs the Monks of Vaisali THE Master came to the banks of the Ganges, to the place where the city of Pataliputra was being built. He bowed before the walls that were beginning to rise out of the ground, and he exclaimed: “This city will one day have greatness and renown; many … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 16. The Buddha Instructs the Monks of Vaisali

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 15. The Buddha and the Shepherd

15. The Buddha and the Shepherd BEFORE he died, the Blessed One decided to go on a long journey. He wanted to visit certain of his disciples and exhort them to observe his teachings with scrupulous care. With only Ananda for a companion, he left the city of Rajagriha. One day, while he was resting … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 15. The Buddha and the Shepherd

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 14. The Buddha Teaches the Doctrine

14. The Buddha Teaches the Doctrine THE Master was growing old. When he was in Rajagriha, he called the monks together, and he spoke to them at great length: “Monks, do not forget the precepts I have given you. Observe them carefully. You will assemble twice a month, and you will confess your transgressions to … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 14. The Buddha Teaches the Doctrine

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 13. Prasenajit and Ajatasatru

13. Prasenajit and Ajatasatru ALTHOUGH the Buddha had chastened Ajatasatru’s spirit, there were times when the king still gave way to anger. One day, because of a quarrel between a man from Rajagriha and one from Cravasti, he declared war on King Prasenajit. He collected a vast army. There were foot-soldiers and horsemen; there were … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 13. Prasenajit and Ajatasatru

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 12. The Death of Devadatta

12. The Death of Devadatta DEVADATTA was eager to succeed the Buddha as head of the community. One day, he said to King Ajatasatru: “My lord, the Buddha holds you in contempt. He hates you. You must put him to death, for your glory is at stake. Send some men to the Bamboo Grove with … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 12. The Death of Devadatta

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 11. Ajatasatru’s Treachery

11. Ajatasatru’s Treachery DEVADATTA was musing: “Siddhartha thought to humiliate me by making light of my intelligence. I shall show him he is mistaken. My glory will overshadow his: the night-lamp will become the sun. But King Vimbasara is his faithful friend; he protects him. As long as the king is living, I can do … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 11. Ajatasatru’s Treachery

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 10. Devadatta Expelled from the Community

10. Devadatta Expelled from the Community THE monk Devadatta was possessed of an arrogant nature. He was impatient of any restraint. He aspired to supplant the Buddha, but the monks, he knew, would not join him in an open revolt. For that he needed the support of some king or prince. “King Vimbasara is an … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 10. Devadatta Expelled from the Community

the life of the Buddha – part 3: 09. The God Alavaka Defeated by the Buddha

9. The God Alavaka Defeated by the Buddha IN the city of Atavi there ruled a king who was very fond of hunting. One day, he saw an enormous deer and started in pursuit. The deer was fleet of foot, and in the heat of the chase, the king lost sight of the other hunters. … Read morethe life of the Buddha – part 3: 09. The God Alavaka Defeated by the Buddha