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By Nyanaponika Thera, Hellmuth Hecker, Visit Amazon's Bhikkhu Bodhi Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Bhikkhu Bodhi,

ISBN-10: 0861713818

ISBN-13: 9780861713813

A perennial favourite, Great Disciples of the Buddha is now relaunched in our best-selling Teachings of the Buddha series.

Twenty-four of the Buddha's so much uncommon disciples are dropped at existence in ten chapters of wealthy narration. Drawn from a variety of genuine Pali assets, the fabric in those tales hasn't ever prior to been assembled in one quantity. via those enticing stories, we meet all demeanour of people - wealthy, bad, male, lady, younger, previous - whose exact tales are informed with an eye fixed to the main points of standard human matters. whilst learn with cautious recognition, those tales can sharpen our knowing of the Buddhist course by way of permitting us to consider the residing pictures of the folks who fulfilled the early Buddhist beliefs of human perfection. The characters specific include:

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


Conveniently annotated with an identical process of sutta references utilized in all of the different sequence volumes, Great Disciples of the Buddha permits the reader to simply position each one scholar within the better photo of Buddha's lifestyles. it's a quantity that no severe scholar of Buddhism should still pass over.

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The problem of sparse source material becomes even more acute when we turn to the women disciples, as I will discuss at greater length below. But with the men as well, once we leave the circle of monks whose lives intersected most closely with the Buddha’s, the accounts become terse even to the point of silence. ” Despite this formidable limitation, by combing the canonical texts and commentaries we were able to collect sufficient material for biographical studies of twenty-four disciples. We begin with six chapters on elder bhikkhus or monks: Sāriputta and Mahāmoggallāna, the two chief disciples, who shared most fully the Buddha’s burden of establishing the Dispensation through the forty-five years of his ministry; Mahākassapa, who became the de facto leader of the Sangha after the Master’s demise and whose foresight ensured that the Dispensation would survive; Ānanda, the Buddha’s cousin and personal attendant, whose prodigious memory enabled him to preserve the vast treasures of the Dhamma and protect it from the ravages of time; Anuruddha, another cousin of the Buddha, who excelled in the exercise of the divine eye, the faculty of supernormal vision; and Mahākaccāna, the foremost disciple in the detailed analysis of the Master’s brief utterances.

Nurtured by the luxuriant Indian imagination, these tales draw fable and fantasy into the service of the Dhamma as a medium for conveying lessons in Buddhist ethics. The stories become relevant to a study of the great disciples through their preambles and epilogues. The preamble relates the incident in the Buddha’s ministry which elicited from him the story to follow; often these incidents mirror events from the distant past that involved previous incarnations of his prominent disciples. , “Moggallāna was the elephant of those days, Sāriputta was the monkey, and I myself was the wise partridge”), thereby enabling us to discover the saṁsāric background of the disciples.

I. Hecker, Hellmuth. II. Bodhi, Bhikkhu. III. Title. 3’092’2—dc21 2003011831 07 06 5 4 3 2 Cover design by Gopa&Ted2, Inc. SAWLit & Stephanie Shaiman Wisdom Publications’ books are printed on acid-free paper and meet the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. Printed in the United States of America This book was produced with environmental mindfulness. We have elected to print this title on 50% PCW recycled paper.

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