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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

    One Essence, One Law, One Aim

    And the Tathagata addressed the venerable Kassapa,
    to dispel the uncertainty and doubt of his mind,
    and he said: [1]

    "All things are made of one essence,
    yet things are different according to the forms
    which they assume under different impressions.
    As they form themselves so they act,
    and as they act so they are.
    [2]

    "It is, Kassapa, as if a potter
    made different vessels out of the same clay.
    Some of these pots are to contain sugar,
    others rice, others curds and milk;
    others still are vessels of impurity.
    There is no diversity in the clay used;
    the diversity of the pots is only due
    to the moulding hands of the potter
    who shapes them for the various uses
    that circumstances may require.
    [3]

    "And as all things originate from one essence,
    so they are developing according to one law
    and they are destined to one aim which is Nirvana.
    [4]

    "Nirvana comes to thee, Kassapa,
    when thou understandest thoroughly,
    and when thou livest according to thy understanding,
    that all things are of one essence
    and that there is but one law.
    Hence, there is but one Nirvana
    as there is but one truth,
    not two or three.
    [5]

    "And the Tathagata is the same unto all beings,
    differing in his attitude only
    in so far as all beings are different. [6]

    "The Tathagata recreates the whole world
    like a cloud shedding its waters without distinction.
    He has the same sentiments
    for the high as for the low,
    for the wise as for the ignorant,
    for the noble-minded as for the immoral.
    [7]

    "The great cloud full of rain
    comes up in this wide universe
    covering all countries and oceans
    to pour down its rain everywhere,
    over all grasses, shrubs, trees
    of various species, families of plants
    of different names growing on the earth,
    on the hills, on the mountains, or in the valleys.
    [8]

    "Then, Kassapa,
    the grasses, shrubs, herbs and wild trees
    suck the water emitted from that great cloud
    which is all of one essence
    and has been abundantly poured down;
    and they will, according to their nature,
    acquire a proportionate development,
    shooting up and producing blossoms
    and their fruits in season.
    [9]

    "Rooted in one and the same soil,
    all those families of plants and germs
    are quickened by water of the same essence.
    [10]

    "The Tathagata, however, O Kassapa,
    knows the law whose essence is salvation,
    and whose end is the peace of Nirvana.
    He is the same to all,
    and yet knowing the requirements of every single being,
    he does not reveal himself to all alike.
    He does not impart to them at once the fulness of omniscience,
    but pays attention to the disposition of various beings."
    [11]

    End Chapter 55


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