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The Gospel of Buddha

Preface

  • Preface:
    by Paul Carus


    Introduction
  • Chapter 01:
    Rejoice
  • Chapter 02:
    Samsara and Nirvana
  • Chapter 03:
    Truth the Saviour


    Prince Siddhattha becomes Buddha
  • Chapter 04:
    The Bodhisatta's Birth
  • Chapter 05:
    The Ties of Life
  • Chapter 06:
    The Three Woes
  • Chapter 07:
    The Bodhisatta's Renunciation
  • Chapter 08:
    King Bimbisara
  • Chapter 09:
    The Bodhisatta's Search
  • Chapter 10:
    Uruvela, the Place of Mortification
  • Chapter 11:
    Mara, the Evil One
  • Chapter 12:
    Enlightenment
  • Chapter 13:
    The First Converts
  • Chapter 14:
    Brahma's Request


    The Foundation of the Kingdom of Righteousness
  • Chapter 15:
    Upaka
  • Chapter 16:
    The Sermon at Benares
  • Chapter 17:
    The Sangha
  • Chapter 18:
    Yasa, the Youth of Benares
  • Chapter 19:
    Kassapa
  • Chapter 20:
    The Sermon at Rajagaha
  • Chapter 21:
    The King's Gift
  • Chapter 22:
    Sariputta and Moggallana
  • Chapter 23:
    Anathapindika
  • Chapter 24:
    The Sermon on Charity
  • Chapter 25:
    Jetavana
  • Chapter 26:
    The Three Characteristics and the Uncreate
  • Chapter 27:
    The Buddha's Father
  • Chapter 28:
    Yasodhara
  • Chapter 29:
    Rahula


    Consolidation of the Buddha's religion
  • Chapter 30:
    Jivaka, the Physician
  • Chapter 31:
    The Buddha's Parents Attain Nirvana
  • Chapter 32:
    Women Admitted to the Sangha
  • Chapter 33:
    The Bhikkhus' Conduct Toward Women
  • Chapter 34:
    Visakha
  • Chapter 35:
    The Uposatha and Patimokkha
  • Chapter 36:
    The Schism
  • Chapter 37:
    The Re-establishment of Concord
  • Chapter 38:
    The Bhikkhus Rebuked
  • Chapter 39:
    Devadatta
  • Chapter 40:
    Name and Form
  • Chapter 41:
    The Goal
  • Chapter 42:
    Miracles Forbidden
  • Chapter 43:
    The Vanity of Worldliness
  • Chapter 44:
    Secrecy and Publicity
  • Chapter 45:
    The Annihilation of Suffering
  • Chapter 46:
    Avoiding the Ten Evils
  • Chapter 47:
    The Preacher's Mission


    The Teacher
  • Chapter 48:
    The Dhammapada
  • Chapter 49:
    The Two Brahmans
  • Chapter 50:
    Guard the Six Quarters
  • Chapter 51:
    Simha's Question Concerning Annihilation
  • Chapter 52:
    All Existence is Spiritual
  • Chapter 53:
    Identity and Non-Identity
  • Chapter 54:
    The Buddha Omnipresent
  • Chapter 55:
    One Essence, One Law, One Aim
  • Chapter 56:
    The Lesson Given to Rahula
  • Chapter 57:
    The Sermon on Abuse
  • Chapter 58:
    The Buddha Replies to the Deva
  • Chapter 59:
    Words of Instruction
  • Chapter 60:
    Amitabha
  • Chapter 61:
    The Teacher Unknown


    Parables and Stories
  • Chapter 62:
    Parables
  • Chapter 63:
    The Widow's Two Mites and the Parable of the Three Merchants
  • Chapter 64:
    The Man Born Blind
  • Chapter 65:
    The Lost Son
  • Chapter 66:
    The Giddy Fish
  • Chapter 67:
    The Cruel Crane Outwitted
  • Chapter 68:
    Four Kinds of Merit
  • Chapter 69:
    The Light of the World
  • Chapter 70:
    Luxurious Living
  • Chapter 71:
    The Communication of Bliss
  • Chapter 72:
    The Listless Fool
  • Chapter 73:
    Rescue in the Desert
  • Chapter 74:
    The Sower
  • Chapter 75:
    The Outcast
  • Chapter 76:
    The Woman at the Well
  • Chapter 77:
    The Peacemaker
  • Chapter 78:
    The Hungry Dog
  • Chapter 79:
    The Despot
  • Chapter 80:
    Vasavadatta
  • Chapter 81:
    The Marriage-Feast in Jambunada
  • Chapter 82:
    A Party in Search of a Thief
  • Chapter 83:
    In the Realm of Yamaraja
  • Chapter 84:
    The Mustard Seed
  • Chapter 85:
    Following the Master Over the Stream
  • Chapter 86:
    The Sick Bhikkhu
  • Chapter 87:
    The Patient Elephant


    The Last Days
  • Chapter 88:
    The Conditions of Welfare
  • Chapter 89:
    Sariputta's Faith
  • Chapter 90:
    Pataliputta
  • Chapter 91:
    The Mirror of Truth
  • Chapter 92:
    Ambapali
  • Chapter 93:
    The Buddha's Farewell Address
  • Chapter 94:
    The Buddha Announces His Death
  • Chapter 95:
    Chunda, the Smith
  • Chapter 96:
    Metteyya
  • Chapter 97:
    The Buddha's Final Entering into Nirvana


    Conclusion
  • Chapter 98:
    The Three Personalities of the Buddha
  • Chapter 99:
    The Purpose of Being
  • Chapter 100:
    The Praise of All the Buddhas


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    The Gospel of Buddha

    Sariputta and Moggallana

    At that time Sariputta and Maggallana,
    two Brahmans and chiefs of the followers of Sanyjaya,
    led a religious life.
    They had promised each other:
    "He who first attains Nirvana shall tell the other one." [1]

    Sariputta seeing the venerable Assaji begging for alms,
    modestly keeping his eyes to the ground degnified to deportment, exclaimed:
    "Truly this samana has entered the right path;
    I will ask him in whose name he has retired from the world
    and what doctrine he professes."

    Being addressed by Sariputta, Assaji replied:
    "I am a follower of the Buddha, the Blessed One,
    but being a novice I can tell you the substance only of the doctrine."
    [2]

    Said Sariputta:
    "Tell me, venerable monk, it is the substance I want."
    And Assaji recited the stanza: [3]

      "The Buddha did cause unfold
      Of all the things that spring from causes.
      And further the great sage had told
      How finally all passion pauses."
      [4]

    Having heard this stanza, Sariputta obtained the pure and spotless eye of truth and said:
    "Now I see clearly, whatsoever is subject to origination is also subject to cessation.
    If this be the doctrine I have reached the state to enter Nirvana
    which heretofore has remained hidden from me."
    [5]

    Sariputta went to Moggallana and told him, and both said:
    "We will go to the Blessed One, that he, the Blessed One, may by our teacher." [6]

    When the Buddha saw Sariputta and Moggallana coming from afar, he said to his disciples,
    "These two monks are highly auspicious." [7]

    When the two friends had taken refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha,
    the Holy One said to his other disciples:
    "Sariputta, life the first-born son of a world-ruling monarch,
    is well able to assist the king as his chief follower
    to set the wheel of the law rolling."
    [8]

    And the people were annoyed.
    Seeing that many distinguished young men of the kingdom of Magadha
    led a religious life under the direction of the Blessed One,
    they became angry and murmured:
    "Gotama Sakyamuni induces fathers to leave their wives
    and causes families to become extinct."
    [9]

    When they saw the bhikkhus, they reviled them, saying:
    "The great Sakyamuni has come to Rajagaha subduing the minds of men.
    Who will be the next to be led astray by him?" [10]

    The bhikkhus told it to the Blessed One, and the Blessed One said:
    "This murmuring, O bhikkhus, will not last long.
    It will last seven days.
    If they revile you, O bhikkhus,
    answer them with these words:
    [11]

    "'It is by preaching the truth that Tathagatas lead men.
    Who will murmur at the wise? Who will blame the virtuous?
    Who will condemn self-control, righteousness, and kindness?'"
    [12]

    And the Blessed One proclaimed this verse:




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