1. Buddha taming Ala Vaka, the demon-god

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    The Buddha taming Ala Vaka, the demon-god with a sermon on loving-kindness

    The Buddha taming Ala Vaka, the demon-god with a sermon on loving-kindness

    44. The Buddha taming Ala Vaka, the demon-god, with a sermon on loving-kindness

    There stood a giant banyan tree at a distance of a little more than three miles from Alavi city. Alavaka, the demon-god had his dwelling in that tree. One night Alavaka was attending a meeting of gods at the Himalayas, when the Buddha entered his dwelling in order to tame this cruel monster. The door-keeper of the dwelling, a deity, paying homage to the Buddha, said, “May I go and seek permission from Alavaka for you to enter his dwelling?” So saying, he went to the meeting of gods to get the permission. At that moment, Alavaka who had to keep his anger in check became furious when he heard from other gods about the arrival of the Buddha at his dwelling. He left the meeting at once and jumped on to the dizzy heights of Kelasa Mountain, and shouted out this challenge:

    “Alavaka am I!” Then throughout the night he flung all sorts of weapons at the Blessed One who was not hurt at all because of his infinite power of loving-kindness. Then Alavaka approached the Buddha who tamed him peacefully with a sermon on Loving-Kindness.

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  2. Buddha preaching to Kisa Gotami

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    The Buddha preaching to Kisa Gotami asking for medicine for her dead son

    The Buddha preaching to Kisa Gotami asking for medicine for her dead son

    43. The Buddha preaching to Kisa Gotami asking for medicine for her dead son

    Kisa Gotami was the wife of a wealthy man of Savatthi worth 40 crores. She had an only son who died when he was just able to run about. She had never seen any death and, thinking that her son was only ill, did not cremate him. In her distress she took him in her arms and went about asking for medicine.

    One wise man thought that no one but the Buddha would know of any, and sent her to Him. Kisa Gotami showed her dead son and asked the Buddha to give the medicine that would cure her boy. The Buddha answered: ” I shall cure your boy if you get some mustard seeds from a house where no one has died”. Carrying her dead son, she wondered from door to door. But she could not find any house where no death had occurred. At last she began to learn the truth, “No house is free from death”. She went to a wood, laid her child there and returned to the Buddha, who comforted her by preaching to her the truth. She was established in the first holy stage of the Aryan

    Path, and was admitted into the Order of Nuns. She eventually became an Arahant.

    Rohini river lying between Kapilavatthu and Koliya was the main source of water supply for these two cities to irrigate their lands for growing crops.

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  3. Buddha preaching the sermon of peace

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    The Buddha preaching the sermon of peace from the air to prevent war between Kapila and Koliya

    The Buddha preaching the sermon of peace from the air to prevent war between Kapila and Koliya

    42. The Buddha preaching the sermon of peace from the air to prevent war between Kapila and Koliya

    Rohini river lying between Kapilavatthu and Koliya was the main source of water supply for these two cities to irrigate their lands for growing crops. At one time, when the crops became dry, the farmers from both cities went to draw water from the river when there was very little water and just enough left for them to take once only. A quarrel arose over it and there was an exchange of hot words touching the fair name of the Sakya clan. The Ministers including the one in charge of agriculture became so angry that they decided to settle this matter by battle and both sides sallied forth for a fight.

    The Buddha saw, with the eye of a Buddha, that there would be much blood-shed if the relatives of both sides engaged in battle. He, therefore, went alone and sat cross-legged in the air midway between the armed forces of both sides. When they saw the Blessed One in the air, the armed forces of both sides, who were all kinsmen, laid down their arms and paid homage to Him. The Buddha then admonished them by preaching a sermon of peace saying, “Are you going to destroy your priceless lives for the sake of a little bit of worthless water?”

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  4. Buddha preaching to Khema, queen of King Bimbisara

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    The Buddha preaching to Khema, queen of King Bimbisara

    The Buddha preaching to Khema, queen of King Bimbisara

    41. The Buddha preaching to Khema, queen of King Bimbisara

    The daughter of King Maddaraja of Sagala State, by the name of Khema, was one of the queens of King Bimbisara. She was very pretty and being proud of her own beauty, had no wish to go to the Buddha, who was in the habit of preaching that “beauty is but skin deep”. But she heard that Veluvana Park had been greatly improved and was looking so picturesque and pleasant that even gods were attracted by it. She therefore had a strong wish to visit it and went to the park where the Buddha was then in residence. King Bimbisara had told the attendants to see that the Queen should not come back without paying her respects to the Buddha. She dared not disobey the King and approached the Buddha before she left the Park. The Blessed One, with his superhuman power created a scene in which a woman, more handsome than the queen, was fanning him. The woman then becoming older and older, fell down through infirmity and began to moan. The queen was very much startled by the sight. The Buddha then preached a sermon to her, and she became an Arahant and was admitted into the Holy Order of Nuns.

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  5. Cinca-Manavika making a false accusation against the Buddha

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    Cinca-Manavika, a female ascetic, making a false accusation against the Buddha

    40. Cinca-Manavika, a female ascetic, making a false accusation against the Buddha

    There dwelt in Savatthi city, a female ascetic called Cinca-manavika, who was as pretty as a goddess. The heretical teachers, who did not get enough alms and were envious of the Buddha attempted to destroy His reputation by setting her to make a false accusation against Him. She wrapped a scarlet shawl round her and pretended to pay visits to the Buddha at Jetavana Monastery at nightfall, though, as a matter of fact, she slept at the monastery of the heretical teachers, and at day break she entered the city as if she was coming back from the Buddha at Jetavana Monastery. In this way she caused doubts to arise in the minds of devotees returning in the evening from the monastery after hearing a sermon from the Buddha, and those who were going there early in the morning to pay their respects to the Buddha. After a period of about nine months she placed a wooden knob against her stomach and tied it with an apron round her body to make it appear that she was big with child. Then she approached the Buddha who was preaching and made a false and wicked accusation thus: “Why have you not prepared my confinement room?” The gods appeared as mice and bit loose the apron round her body, when the knob of wood fell before the audience, and she was given a sound beating and driven away.

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  6. Angulimala reciting a Paritta blessing

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    Angulimala reciting a Paritta blessing for a woman in the throes of childbirth

    39. Angulimala reciting a Paritta blessing for a woman in the throes of childbirth

    Angulimala led a peaceful life after he had become a monk. But most of the people were still scared of him and dared not approach him on his alms-round. He therefore found it difficult to get enough food for his meals. One day as he went on his alms-round, he saw a woman in the throes of childbirth. Moved by compassion, he reported this pathetic case to the Buddha who then taught him the Angulimala Paritta in Pali which means:—” Sister, from the day I was born of the Noble Birth, (i.e., since my Ordination), I have not consciously deprived any living being of life. By this truth may health be to thee and thy unborn child”. He studied this Paritta, and going to the presence of the suffering sister sat on a seat separated from her by a screen and made this asseveration by reciting the Paritta in Pali. Instantly she was delivered of the child with great ease. After that he had enough food on his alms-rounds and was contented and happy.

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  7. Conversion by the Buddha of Angulimala

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    Conversion by the Buddha of Angulimala, a robber of the forest

    38. Conversion by the Buddha of Angulimala, a robber of the forest

    Angulimala was the son of the Kings Chaplain of the Savatthi City, and a student of the Taxila University. The teacher and his wife were very fond of him, as he was a brilliant, clever and faithful pupil. Unfortunately his associated grew jealous of him, made up a false story and succeeded in setting the teacher against him. The enraged teacher, suspecting him to have had an affair with his wife contrived to put an end to his life by ordering him to fetch a thousand fingers as a present in return for the education he received. In obedience to the teacher, he took to the forest of Savatthi and started killing people to collect fingers for the necessary offering. Later he wore a garland of these fingers to ascertain the number—hence the name Angulimala. When he had collected 999 fingers, and was ready to complete the number he chased his own mother who came out to ask him to desist from killing.

    The Buddha saw this in advance and appeared on the scene to prevent him from killing his mother. He chased the Buddha to kill Him, but could not overtake Him on account of His supernatural power. He was eventually converted to the noble Doctrine of the Buddha and was admitted into the Order.
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  8. Buddha and the Venerable Ananda, washing a monk

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    The Buddha and the Venerable Ananda, washing a monk suffering from dysentery

    37. The Buddha and the Venerable Ananda, washing a monk suffering from dysentery

    One monk was suffering from dysentery. As he did not wait upon others, there was no one to wait upon him. The Buddha, accompanied by the Venerable Ananda, went round inspecting the buildings of the monastery and saw the ailing monk sleeping in filth. Immediately the Blessed One sent the Venerable Ananda to fetch water and Himself poured water while the Venerable Ananda scrubbed and cleaned him. The Buddha and the Venerable Ananda thus did their duty of ministering to the sick. Having washed and cleaned the monk, the Blessed One held him by the head, while the Venerable Ananda took hold of his feet and placed him on a couch. The Buddha had the monks assembled and exhorted them thus:—”You have no parents nearby to wait upon you, and if you do not wait upon one another, who will do so?” And then the Blessed One admonished them as follows:— “Whosoever, Brethren, would wait upon me, he should wait upon the sick”.

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  9. Buddha causing Baka Brahma to change his wrong views

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    The Buddha causing Baka Brahma, a higher God, to change his wrong views

    36. The Buddha causing Baka Brahma, a higher God, to change his wrong views

    Baka Brahma was the chief of the first realm of higher gods. He was of the view that his realm was the highest and that he himself and his realm were everlasting, not knowing that there were higher realms above his own. The Blessed One visited the Brahma world and in the midst of an assembly of higher gods pointed out to Baka Brahma, “There are realms of higher gods above yours. The whole Brahma world of higher gods including your realm is not permanent”. Then the Blessed One continued his discourse to Baka Brahma by saying, “I know how you have come into being and what your powers are. But, there are higher gods superior to you in status and power”. Finding that all his views were wrong, Baka wished to show his own powers and said. “I will make myself invisible”. He made several attempts to become invisible, but without success. The Blessed One then said, “I will now show you that I can make myself invisible”, and instantly the Buddha disappeared from view and preached to him a sermon while remaining invisible.

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  10. Venerable Moggallana taming the king of dragons

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    Venerable Moggallana taming the king of dragons, Nandopananda

    35. Venerable Moggallana taming the king of dragons, Nandopananda

    Nandopananda, king of the dragons, was dwelling on Mount Meru in magnificent splendour and luxury like a god. He was full of anger. One day while he was in the midst of his pleasures surrounded by dancing female dragons, the Buddha, together with a retinue of monks with supernatural powers, traveled by air to Tavatimsa heaven and passed over their heads. This made the king of the dragons very angry, and he coiled his body roundMount Meru and Tavatimsa heaven and covered them.

    In the midst of their aerial journey, the holy monks could not see Tavatimsa heaven which was covered by the dragon-king. They knew this and asked the Blessed One to allow them to tame him, but did not get the permission. Only the Venerable Moggallana got the permission when he requested the Buddha. He then turned himself into a dragon, with a body much larger than that of the dragon-king, and coiling himself round the dragon-king’s body, began to crush him down. By this and other means he tamed the dragon-king and taught him a good lesson. He then brought him to the Blessed One and made him take refuge in the triple gem, namely, the Buddha, the Doctrine and the Order of Monks.

     

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  11. King Kosala asking the blessed one

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    King Kosala asking the blessed one whether he admit himself to be the Buddha

    34. King Kosala asking the blessed one whether he admit himself to be the Buddha

    The Buddha was dwelling at the Jetavana Monastery after his first arrival at Savatthi upon the invitation of Anathapindika, the Millionaire. At that time King Kosala came to the Buddha and asked “Venerable Gotama, do you also admit that you are the all-knowing Buddha?” The Blessed One replied, “If you call any person as Buddha, you will be calling it correctly only if you call me so”.
    King Kosala then said. “Even elderly teachers of sects such as Purana Kassapa, Makkhali Gosala, Nigantha Nataputta, Sanjaya Belatthaputta, Pakudha Kaccayana, Ajita Kesakambala, do not admit themselves to be the Buddha. Why should you Venerable Gotama, since you are younger than those teachers, admit that you are the Buddha?” The Buddha said, “A Prince, a fire, a snake and a virtuous monk should not be treated lightly with disrespect though small”.

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  12. King Kosala asking the heretical teachers

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    King Kosala asking the heretical teachers if any of them claim to be the Buddha

    33. King Kosala asking the heretical teachers if any of them claim to be the Buddha

    Even before the Blessed One had attained the Supreme Enlightenment of a Buddha, there were six heretical teachers who wandered about towns and villages and deceived many people by professing themselves to be Buddhas. When they arrived at Savatthi, the ministers who had faith in these wandering ascetics informed King Kosala that their teachers were all Buddhas. King Kosala said to the ministers, “Please invite your teachers yourselves and bring them to this palace”.

    When these heretical teachers arrived at the palace, they dared not sit upon the magnificent seat of the king and some of them sat upon the floor, while others sat on the carpets. The King saw how they were seated and guessed that none of them could be the Buddha. He asked them a direct question, “Do you admit that you are the Buddha or deny it?” They frankly admitted, “We are not the Buddha”. They were then allowed to leave the palace in peace.

     

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  13. Dedication ceremony of the Jetavana monastery by Anathapindika

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    Dedication ceremony of the Jetavana monastery by Anathapindika, the millionaire

    Dedication ceremony of the Jetavana monastery by Anathapindika, the millionaire

    32. Dedication ceremony of the Jetavana monastery by Anathapindika, the millionaire

    The Buddha was dwelling in Rajagaha, at the end of the first rainy season. Now, Anathapindika, the Millionaire, arrived in Rajagaha in connection with business. He heard that the Blessed One had attained the Supreme Wisdom of a Buddha, and had a strong desire to go to Him that very night, but could not do so. He went to bed with his thoughts fixed on the Blessed One. His faith in the Buddha was so intense that he could not sleep well and was between waking and sleeping, when a light emanated from his body. Thinking it to be daylight he went to where the Blessed One was.

    When he met the Buddha, he was established in the first holy stage of the Ariyan Path. He came back, at once, to Savatthi and looked for a site to build a monastery, and found a park belonging to Prince Jeta, in a very quiet place, well connected with roads and neither too near nor too far from the town. He bought this park covering the whole site with gold coins and erected the famous Jetavana Monastery at great cost. He donated it to the Buddha and his many disciples after inviting them to come over from Rajagaha.

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  14. The Buddha converting Saccaka, the ascetic

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    The Buddha converting Saccaka, the ascetic, who came to match his doctrine with that of the Buddha

    31. The Buddha converting Saccaka, the ascetic, who came to match his doctrine with that of the Buddha

    There was in Vesali an ascetic called Saccaka, well-versed in a variety of dogmas and philosophies. He was a teacher of the princes. As he had humiliated many heretical teachers of the day, he was planning to defeat also the Blessed One in argument. He met the Venerable Assaji one day and came to know about the doctrine of the Blessed One. He therefore came to the Buddha in order to have a debate on the doctrine. A great crowd came to watch the results of the debate.
    During the debate, the Blessed One said, “Matter or form is insubstantial (that is, there is no such thing as a creative soul)”. The ascetic refuted it by saying “There is a creative soul”. The Blessed One then said, If there is a creative soul, why does it not create a beautiful form?” The hermit could not rebut it and sat quietly. The Buddha asked him for the second time and he still kept quiet. Now Sakka, lord of the gods, came and, assuming the form of a huge demon, threatened to strike him with his celestial weapon. When he was questioned for the third time he admitted that “matter or form is insubstantial”.

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  15. Mahapajapati Gotami begging permission

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    Mahapajapati Gotami begging permission for women to be admitted into the order as nuns

    30. Mahapajapati Gotami begging permission for women to be admitted into the order as nuns

    The Buddha was dwelling at Kapilavatthu in Banyan Park Monastery.Maha-pajapati Gotami approached the Buddha along with five hundred women of the Sakya clan, and begged permission for women to be admitted into the Order as Nuns. The Buddha refused permission saying, ‘Enough, O Gotami, do not ask that women be admitted into the Order as Nuns”. She went away sorrowful and sad.

    Later, when the Blessed One was dwelling at Vesali, Mahapajapati Gotami had her hair cut off, put on yellow garments and with five hundred of Sakya women followed to Vaseli. She dared not enter the monastery grounds and stood outside the porch. Now the Venerable Ananda saw her standing there, and went to the Buddha and asked several times for permission to admit women into the Order as Nuns. At last, the Blessed One gave the permission and women were admitted to the Order. Thus an Order of Nunswas founded.

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  16. Venerable Ananda reciting Ratana Sutta Paritta

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    Venerable Ananda reciting Ratana Sutta Paritta to relieve the people of Vesali from attacks of famine and pestilence

    29. Venerable Ananda reciting Ratana Sutta Paritta to relieve the people of Vesali from attacks of famine and pestilence

    There was scarcity of rain at Vesali (modern Besrah) and many people died from the effects of famine which attacked it. The offensive smell from the corpses brought demons and ogres into the town and there were more deaths. To make matters worse, a disease very much like modern plague broke out, and there were still more deaths. The people discussed ways and means of relief from attacks of famine and disease. They eventually agreed to invite the Buddha for that purpose. and requested the Blessed One to come over from Rajagaha together with his retinue of monks. When the Blessed One arrived at Vesali in the royal barge there was a heavy downpour of rain which washed away all the corpses and the town had become clean. On arrival at the city gate the Venerable Ananda learnt the Ratana Sutta Paritta and recited it by walking round the city in between its three walls, and sprinkling the holy water from his bowl now and again while going round the city with the Licchavi Princes accompanying him. Thus, all the evil spirits were driven away from the city which was rendered free from diseases.

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  17. The Buddha welcoming the person who had retired from the world

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    The Buddha welcoming the person who had retired from the world and was to become the Venerable Mahakassapa

    28. The Buddha welcoming the person who had retired from the world and was to become the Venerable Mahakassapa

    Pippali was destined to become Venerable Mahakassapa who would protect the dispensation of the Dhamma after His death. He was in charge of 14 villages of workmen and a section of the fighting forces. He belonged to a very rich family worth several crores of money and together with his wife retired from home-life to lead a religious life. There was a mighty earth-quake at the place where Pippali parted with his wife on retirement from the world. The Buddha surveyed with His Buddha-eye and saw the cause of the earth-quake.

    Immediately thereafter the Buddha went lo the giant banyan tree about 3 gavutas away (about six miles) to welcome Pippali. He then sat at the foot of the tree causing the six resplendent rays of light lo issue forth from His body. Pippali, who later came to be known as Mahakassapa. saw the Blessed One and, coming to this decision: “He indeed is my master”, placed his head upon the feet of the Blessed One and said, “Lord, I am your disciple”. The Buddha often honoured him before the assembly of monks by treating him as a member of the Holy Order of a standing equal to Him.

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  18. Ordination of six princes of the Sakya clan

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    Ordination of six princes of the Sakya clan

    Ordination of six princes of the Sakya clan

    27. Ordination of six princes of the Sakya clan

    After the attainment of Supreme Buddhaship by the Great Being,Nanda and many other princes of the Sakya clan became monks under the discipline of the Blessed One. It therefore appeared to those households of the same clan, with two or three sons in each family, that they would be failing in their duty if none came forth to be ordained. The two brothers Mahanamaand Anuruddha discussed this subject, and Anuruddha agreed to be ordained.Bhaddiya, who was then a ruling monarch, happened to be an intimate friend of Anuruddha. Anuruddha therefore went to King Bhaddiya and persuaded him to become a monk along with him, and Bhaddiya agreed. Accordingly, seven of them including Ananda, Bhagu, Kimila, Devadatta and Upali, the barber, came to the Buddha. There they made their request that Upali be admitted first, in order that their Sakya pride might be humbled through having their former attendant as their senior. They were then ordained accordingly.

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  19. Rahula following the Buddha and asking for inheritance

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    Rahula following the Buddha and asking for inheritance

    26. Rahula following the Buddha and asking for inheritance

    While the Buddha was having his meal at his father’s palace. Princess Yasodhara dressed up Rahula properly with ornaments and pointing to the Buddha said, “Behold, son, that great ascetic of majestic appearance in the midst of twenty thousand monks. He is your father. The vases of gold belonging to Him have disappeared since the day he retired from home to homelessness. Go ye and ask for your inheritance so that you may become a Universal Monarch”. Young Rahula, emboldened by the love of a son towards his father, came to His presence and said, “O, father, your shadow is cool and pleasant. I wish to become a Universal Monarch. Please give me my inheritance”. He asked for his inheritance, uttering much else that was becoming. He followed the Buddha when he went back to the monastery asking for inheritance. But the Blessed One made him owner of an inheritance transcending this world, by ordaining him as a samanera (novice) of the Holy Order.

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  20. Yasodhara reverencing the Buddha

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    Yasodhara reverencing the Buddha by placing her head upon his feet

    Yasodhara reverencing the Buddha by placing her head upon his feet

    25. Yasodhara reverencing the Buddha by placing her head upon his feet

    The day after his arrival at Kapilavatthu the Buddha went on His alms round. King Suddhodana came and conducted Him to the palace and served Him with food. After the meal there was great excitement in the palace and all but Princess Yasodhara came to pay their reverence to the Buddha. Yasodhara thought, “Certainly if there is any virtue in me, the Noble Lord Himself will come to my presence. Then will I reverence Him as much as I like”.

    The Buddha saw that if He did not visit her, Yasodhara would break her heart with grief. So He handed His bowl to the King, and accompanied by His two chief disciples entered the chamber of Yasodhara and sat on the prepared seat, saying, “Let the King’s daughter reverence as she likes”. Swiftly she came, clasped His ankles, and placing her head on His feet, reverenced Him as she like.

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Khmer Tipitaka 1 – 110

Khmer Tipitaka 1 – 110

The Tipitaka or Pali canon, is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. The three divisions of the Tipitaka are: Vinaya Pitaka, Sutta Pitaka, Abhidhamma Pitaka. ព្រះត្រៃបិដក ប្រែថា កញ្រ្ចែង ឬ ល្អី​ ៣ សម្រាប់ដាក់ផ្ទុកពាក្យពេចន៍នៃព្រះសម្មាសម្ពុទ្ធ

Listen to Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism.

Jendhamuni

As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, so the wise are not shaken by blame and praise. As a deep lake is clear and calm, so the wise become tranquil after they listened to the truth... Good people walk on regardless of what happens to them. Good people do not babble on about their desires. Whether touched by happiness or by sorrow, the wise never appear elated or depressed… ~The Dhammapada

Should anyone wish to ridicule me and make me an object of jest and scorn why should I possibly care if I have dedicated myself to others?

Let them do as they wish with me so long as it does not harm them. May no one who encounters me ever have an insignificant contact.

Regardless whether those whom I meet respond towards me with anger or faith, may the mere fact of our meeting contribute to the fulfilment of their wishes.

May the slander, harm and all forms of abuse that anyone should direct towards me act as a cause of their enlightenment.

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