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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

    The Annihilation of Suffering

    And the Buddha said:
    "What my friends, is evil? [1]

    "Killing is evil;
    stealing is evil;
    yielding to sexual passion is evil;
    lying is evil;
    slandering is evil;
    abuse is evil;
    gossip is evil;
    envy is evil;
    hatred is evil;
    to cling to false doctrine is evil;
    all these things, my friends are evil.
    [2]

    "And what, my friends, is the root of evil? [3]

    "Desire is the root of evil;
    hatred is the root of evil;
    illusion is the root of evil;
    these things are the root of evil.
    [4]

    "What, however, is good? [5]

    "Abstaining from killing is good;
    abstaining from theft is good;
    abstaining from sensuality is good;
    abstaining from falsehood is good;
    abstaining from slander is good;
    suppression of unkindness is good;
    abandoning gossip is good;
    letting go all envy is good;
    dismissing hatred is good;
    obedience to the truth is good;
    all these things are good.
    [6]

    "And what, my friends,
    is the root of the good?
    [7]

    "Freedom from desire is the root of the good;
    freedom from hatred and freedom from illusion;
    these things, my friends, are the root of the good. [8]

    "What, however, O brethren, is suffering?
    What is the origin of suffering?
    What is the annihilation of suffering?
    [9]

    "Birth is suffering;
    old age is suffering;
    disease is suffering;
    death is suffering;
    sorrow and misery are suffering;
    affliction and despair are suffering;
    to be united with loathsome things is suffering;
    the loss of that which we love
    and the failure in attaining that which is longed for are suffering;
    all these things, O brethren, are suffering. [10]

    "And what, O brethren,
    is the origin of suffering?
    [11]

    "It is lust, passion,
    and the thirst for existence
    that yearns for pleasure everywhere,
    leading to a continual rebirth!
    It is sensuality, desire, selfishness;
    all these things, O brethren,
    are the origin of suffering.
    [12]

    "And what is the annihilation of suffering? [13]

    "The radical and total annihilation of this thirst
    and the abandonment, the liberation, the deliverance from passion,
    that, O brethren, is the annihilation of suffering.
    [14]

    "And what, O brethren,
    is the path that leads
    to the annihilation of suffering?
    [15]

    "It is the holy eightfold path
    that leads to the annihilation of suffering,
    which consists of,
    right views,
    right decision,
    right speech,
    right action,
    right living,
    right struggling,
    right thoughts,
    and right meditation.
    [16]

    "In so far, O friends,
    as a noble youth thus recognizes suffering
    and the origin of suffering,
    as he recognizes the annihilation of suffering,
    and walks on the path
    that leads to the annihilation of suffering,
    radically forsaking passion,
    subduing wrath,
    annihilating the vain conceit of the "I-am,"
    leaving ignorance,
    and attaining to enlightenment,
    he will make an end of all suffering
    even in this life."
    [17]

    End Chapter 45


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