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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

    Buddha's Father

    The Buddha's name became famous over all India and Suddhodana,
    his father, sent word to him saying:
    "I am growing old and wish to see my son before I die.
    Others have had the benefit of his doctrine,
    but not his father nor his relatives."
    [1]

    And the messenger said:
    "O world-honoured Tathagata,
    thy father looks for they coming
    as the lily longs for the rising of the sun."
    [2]

    The Blessed One consented to the request of his father
    and set out on his journey to Kapilavatthu.
    Soon the tidings spread in the native country of the Buddha:
    "Prince Siddhattha, who wandered forth from home
    into homelessness to obtain enlightenment,
    having attained his purpose, is coming back."
    [3]

    Suddhodana went out with his relatives and ministers to meet the prince.
    When the king saw Siddhattha, his son, from afar,
    he was struck with his beauty and dignity,
    and he rejoiced in his heart,
    but his mouth found no words to utter. [4]

    This, indeed, was his son;
    these were the features of Siddhattha.
    How near was the great samana to his heart,
    and yet what a distance lay between them!
    That noble muni was no longer Siddhattha, his son;
    he was the Buddha, the Blessed One, the Holy One,
    Lord of truth, and teacher of mankind. [5]

    Siddhattha the king, considering the religious dignity of his son,
    descended from his chariot and after saluting his son said:
    "It is now seven years since I have seen thee.
    How I have longed for this moment!"
    [6]

    Then the Sakyamuni took a seat opposite his father,
    and the king gazed eagerly at his son.
    He longed to call him by his name, but he dared not.
    "Siddhattha," he exclaimed silently in his heart,
    "Siddhattha, come back to thine aged father and be his son again!"
    But seeing the determination of his son,
    he suppressed his sentiments,
    and desolation overcame him. [7]

    Thus the king sat face to face with his son,
    rejoicing in his sadness and sad in his rejoicing.
    Well might he be proud of his son, but his pride broke down at the idea
    that his great son would never be his heir. [8]

    "I would offer thee my kingdom," said the king,
    "but if I did, thou wouldst account it but as ashes." [9]

    And the Buddha said:
    "I know that the king's heart is full of love
    and that for his son's sake he feels deep grief.
    But let the ties of love that bind him to the son
    whom he lost embrace with equal kindness all his fellow-beings,
    and he will receive in his place a greater one than Siddhattha;
    he will receive the Buddha, the teacher of truth,
    the preacher of righteousness,
    and the peace of Nirvana will enter into his heart."
    [10]

    Suddhodana trembled with joy when he heard the melodious words of his son, the Buddha,
    and clasping his hands, exclaimed with tears in his eyes:
    "Wonderful is this change!
    The overwhelming sorrow has passed away.
    At first my sorrowing heart was heavy,
    but now I reap the fruit of thy great renunciation.
    It was right that, moved by thy mighty sympathy,
    thou shouldst reject the pleasures of royal power
    and achieve thy noble purpose in religious devotion.
    Now that thou hast found the path,
    thou canst preach the law of immortality
    to all the world that yearns for deliverance."
    [11]

    The king returned to the palace,
    while the Buddha remained in the grove before the city. [12]

    End Chapter 27


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