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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 Lesson Given to Rahula

    Before Rahula, the son of Gotama Siddhattha and Yasodhara,
    attained to the enlightenment of true wisdom,
    his conduct was not always marked by a love of truth,
    and the Blessed One sent him to a distant vihara
    to govern his mind and to guard his tongue. [1]

    After some time the Blessed One repaired to the place,
    and Rahula was filled with joy. [2]

    And the Blessed One ordered the boy
    to bring him a basin of water
    and to wash his feet,
    and Rahula obeyed. [3]

    When Rahula had washed the Tathagata's feet,
    the Blessed One asked:
    "Is the water now fit for drinking?" [4]

    "No, my Lord," replied the boy, "the water is defiled." [5]

    Then the Blessed One said:
    "Now consider thine own case.
    Although thou art my son,
    and the grandchild of a king,
    although thou art a samana
    who has voluntarily given up everything,
    thou art unable to guard thy tongue from untruth,
    and thus defilest thou thy mind."
    [6]

    And when the water had been poured away,
    the Blessed One asked again:
    "Is this vessel now fit
    for holding water to drink?"
    [7]

    "No, my Lord," replied Rahula,
    "the vessel, too,
    has become unclean."
    [8]

    And the Blessed One said:
    "Now consider thine own case.
    Although thou wearest the yellow robe,
    art thou fit for any high purpose
    when thou hast become unclean like this vessel?"
    [9]

    Then the Blessed One,
    lifting up the empty basin
    and whirling it round, asked:
    "Art thou not afraid
    lest it should fall and break?"
    [10]

    "No, my Lord," replied Rahula,
    "the vessel is but cheap,
    and its loss will not amount too much."
    [11]

    "Now consider thine own case," said the Blessed One.
    "Thou art whirled about in endless eddies of transmigration,
    and as thy body is made of the same substance
    as other material things that will crumble to dust,
    there is no loss if it be broken.
    He who is given to speaking untruths
    is an object of contempt to the wise."
    [12]

    Rahula was filled with shame,
    and the Blessed One addressed him once more:
    "Listen, and I will tell thee a parable: [13]

    "There was a king who had a very powerful elephant,
    able to cope with five hundred ordinary elephants.
    When going to war, the elephant was armed
    with sharp swords on his tusks,
    with scythes on his shoulders,
    spears on his feet, and an iron ball at his tail.
    The elephant-master rejoiced to see the noble creature so well equipped,
    and, knowing that a slight wound by an arrow in the trunk would be fatal,
    he had taught the elephant to keep his trunk well coiled up.
    But during the battle the elephant stretched forth his trunk to seize a sword.
    His master was frightened and consulted with the king,
    and they decided that the elephant was no longer fit
    to be used in battle.
    [14]

    "O Rahula! if men would only guard their tongues all would be well!
    Be like the fighting who guards his trunk
    against the arrow that strikes in the center.
    [15]

    "By love of truth the sincere escape iniquity.
    Like the elephant well subdued and quiet,
    who permits the king to mount on his trunk,
    thus the man that reveres righteousness
    will endure faithfully throughout his life."
    [16]

    Rahula hearing these words was filled with deep sorrow;
    he never again gave any occasion for complaint,
    and forthwith he sanctified his life by earnest exertions. [17]

    End Chapter 56


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