A series of questions and answers in which the Buddha leads a young brāhmaṇa to awakening.
A list of the thirty things that invariably happen with all the Buddhas, which serves to elevate the events in the life of our Gotama Buddha to mythic status.
A Review of a new book by Ken and Visakha Kawasaki designed to provide readings while on pilgrimage in India, but which is much more than that.
King Asoka has the Nāga King Mahākāla brought and asks him to create an image of the Buddha for him to see
A video giving an outline of the Buddha’s final walking tour,showing the main places the Buddha stayed, the main events that occurred, what his journeys were and discussing whom he met during that time.
A video made around a talk given about the period from the Bodhisatta’s renunciation, up to the Awakening, and the first year thereafter.
Extracts from a musical produced by the vibrant Fo Shang Guan community in the Philippines tracing the Life of Siddhartha until his Awakening and his return to his home town – a special for Vesak.
A study and translation of the Buddhāpadāna by Mr. Dwijendralal Barua.
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.
A new text and translation of a section of the Apadāna, together with its commentary, explaining why the Buddha suffered in his last life.
This is the short advice taught by the Buddhas who do not teach the full Disciplinary Code (Pātimokkha), which as a rule of thumb it is nevertheless hard to beat.
Here are some wonderful paintings by Virginia Peck of Buddha Heads. I am always happy to see artists reimagine the forms of the past, which shows that they are still alive and living in someone’s imagination.
I went to Penang last week to take some books to various centres on the Island, and at the last place I went to I noticed an incongruous life-sized Buddha Head sticking out of a cardboard box.
My simplified translation of the Pāḷi text Jinacarita has just been published in Singapore by Awaken Publishing & Design. The book is a retelling in simple and poetic language of the story of The Life of the Buddha.
A reprint of Bhante Dhammika’s excellent article on the river Ganges from his online Buddhism A-Z, showing how important the river was for the Buddha. Illustrated with some stills from the documentaries.
Should others, monks, speak dispraise about me, or the Dhamma, or the Sangha, do not let there be any hatred, resentment, or dissatisfaction for you in your mind.
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.
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.
Every second week, with the waxing and the waning of the moon Buddhist monks hold the uposatha meeting. If there are enough monks available then we will confess our offenses and the Pātimokkha will be chanted by one of the monks, while we sit together in unison.