Why the Buddha Suffered

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A new text and translation of a section of the Apadāna, together with its commentary, explaining why the Buddha suffered in his last life.

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Bhante Anandajoti: The Life of King Asoka

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A short introduction to the life and works of the model Buddhist King Asoka, who reigned over most of the Indian sub-continent a couple of hundred years after the Buddha’s parinibbana, and was instrumental in making the religion an international one.

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Bhante Anandajoti: Developing the Perfections

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I gave this talk to the devotees who attended the Candlelight Procession at Vivekavana Monastery on Vesakha Eve. It recounts the young man Sumedha’s aspiration to become a Buddha and the perfections that had to be fulfilled.

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J.K. Nariman: Aśvaghoṣa and the Buddhacarita

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Here is a re-edited short appreciation of the Buddhacarita by Aśvaghoṣa by J.K. Nariman, which can be found in full on my Ancient Buddhist Texts website.

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Buddha, a poem by A. Christina Albers

Mural from Po Win Daung, Myanmar

Today I am publishing one of the shortest biographies of the Buddha I have come across. It is by A. Christina Albers who was the author of numerous books and articles on both Buddhist and Hindu subjects.

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