The Life of the Buddha (Penguin Classics)

Tenzin Chogyel, Kurtis R. Schaeffer

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0143107208

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A blueprint for a life of mindfulness, dedicated to the easing of suffering both for oneself and for others

The story of Shakyamuni Buddha’s epic journey to enlightenment is perhaps the most important narrative in the Buddhist tradition. Tenzin Chögyel’sThe Life of the Buddha, composed in the mid–eighteenth century and now in a vivid new translation, is a masterly storyteller’s rendition of the twelve acts of the Buddha. Chögyel’s classical tale seamlessly weaves together the vast and the minute, the earthly and the celestial, reflecting the near-omnipresent aid of the gods alongside the Buddha’s moving final reunion with his devoted son, Rahula. The Life of the Buddha has the power to engage people through a deeply human story with cosmic implications.

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“Faith. This is the door through which the Dharma appears in such a way that people will never cease to contemplate it.” And he continued to speak of the doors of the Dharma. “The land anointed by a Buddha,” he concluded, “is the door through which the Dharma appears, from his entry into the womb to his great liberation from suffering.” When from this supreme place of Tushita, That lion of a man, the Leader, left. “Friends, the heedless life you must give up!” he said to all the gods around

of enlightened beings. TEACHING TO THE ASSEMBLY Now, the Lord spoke as well to the entire assembly of monks. “Monks, tonight at midnight the Transcendent One will completely pass from suffering. “Gather round, monks. This day will be the last time that I see you, the last time that I teach you. “This day will be the last time that we look upon each other, the last time that we will come together. “Monks, you will no longer see me. I will no longer see you. So, monks, do not be miserable, do

Buddha had passed. “This is the reality of conditioned phenomena,” thought Kashyapa. FUNERAL “How shall we worship your remains?” Ananda had asked the Buddha earlier. “Undertake this as you would for a wheel-turning king,” instructed the Buddha. “Wrap the body, covering it with five hundred pairs of cotton wool and new cotton. Place it in an iron tank. Fill the tank with oil, place a second tank upon it as a cover, and fire it up with a bundle of aromatic wood. Douse the fire with milk.

Apple Continent,” India. Chap. 1. Jeta Grove (rgyal byed tshal). The park offered to Buddha Shakyamuni by Anathapindada. Chap. 11. Kapilavastu (ser skya'i yul). Buddha Shakyamuni’s hometown. Chap. 3 and throughout. Kashika (ka shi ka). Place where the Buddha spends one year after enlightenment. Chap. 11. Kushinagara (rtswa mchog grong khyer). Place where the Buddha died. Chap. 12. Lumbini (lum bi ni). Birthplace of Buddha Shakyamuni. Chap. 2. Magadha (ma ga dha). Major region of Buddha

scene of mid-eighteenth-century Bhutan. His Life of the Buddha appears to be the first brief retelling by a Bhutanese writer, though there were certainly biographies written in the decades leading up to his time. His immediate predecessor as Lord Abbot of Bhutan, Shakya Rinchen, was a tireless biographer of eminent Indian, Tibetan, and Bhutanese Buddhist masters. He wrote liturgies for the Buddha and his close disciples, the Sixteen Elders, but no narrative works dedicated to these early Buddhist

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