The Buddha is reflecting on whether it is possible for Kings to rule the world with justice. Māra, finding this out, comes to the wrong conclusion, and tries to tempt him. The Buddha explains what is truly good.
A study and translation of the Buddhāpadāna by Mr. Dwijendralal Barua.
The Buddha taught this verse in answer to a question by Venerable Ānanda.
The first translation of the Extended Mahāvaṁsa chapters XII-XIV, which describe the missions sent out during King Asoka’s time to bring the Dhamma to the outlying districts and countries.
The gods come to see the Buddha and praise various kinds of giving, including the gift of fearlessness.
A monkey-King outwits a crocodile who tries to eat him, and the crocodile acknowledges his escape with the following verse.
The Bodhisatta uncovers a female monkey as the real thief of the King’s jewels, and the King praised him with the following verse.
I wrote the following to replace an inaccurate account on Wikipedia of Devadatta’s position in Theravāda Buddhism, which denied any canonical evidence for his standing, and blamed it on later, non-Canonical sources.
The Bodhisatta escapes from a man-eating ogre (rakkhasa) and the latter acknowledges his escape with the following verse.
Book Review of The Ascendency of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia by Prapod Assavavirulhakarn
The Bodhisatta, reborn as the Lord of the Gods Sakka, explains the path to Heaven to his former wife.
Anāthapiṇḍika is reborn as a god in Heaven. Later he comes to see the Buddha and utters these words.
To protect their new-born son, the Bodhisatta, the King and Queen build an iron house and keep him in it. On coming of age, though, he realises he is not safe from old age and death and proclaims 24 verses which culimate in the following famous verses.
The Bodhisatta’s teaching to the man-eating King, which eventually persuades him to give up his evil habit.
A new text and translation of a section of the Apadāna, together with its commentary, explaining why the Buddha suffered in his last life.
A rich merchant dies after living like a pauper. The Buddha explains that in a previous life he had given alms to a Paccekabuddha, and so in this life he became rich; however, he regreted it later, so he couldn’t enjoy it.
Some verses that were taught to the Bodhisatta by a brāhman who had heard them from the Buddha Kassapa. He is rewarded with a thousand coins for each of the verses.
On the occasion of the official launch of the Bhikkhu Sumedha Trust in December 2011, Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote this recollection of the monk he described as his closest friend.