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The Gospel of Buddha


  • Preface:
    by Paul Carus

  • Chapter 01:
  • 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:
  • Chapter 13:
    The First Converts
  • Chapter 14:
    Brahma's Request

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

    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:
  • Chapter 35:
    The Uposatha and Patimokkha
  • Chapter 36:
    The Schism
  • Chapter 37:
    The Re-establishment of Concord
  • Chapter 38:
    The Bhikkhus Rebuked
  • Chapter 39:
  • 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:
  • Chapter 61:
    The Teacher Unknown

    Parables and Stories
  • Chapter 62:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Chapter 91:
    The Mirror of Truth
  • Chapter 92:
  • Chapter 93:
    The Buddha's Farewell Address
  • Chapter 94:
    The Buddha Announces His Death
  • Chapter 95:
    Chunda, the Smith
  • Chapter 96:
  • Chapter 97:
    The Buddha's Final Entering into Nirvana

  • 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 Patient Elephant

    While the Blessed One was residing in the Jetavana,
    there was a householder living in Savatthi
    known to all his neighbours as patient and kind,
    but his relatives were wicked and contrived a plot to rob him.
    One day they came to the householder
    and often worrying him with all kinds of threats
    took away a goodly portion of his property.
    He did not go to court, nor did he complain,
    but tolerated with great forbearance the wrongs he suffered. [1]

    The neighbours wondered and began to talk about it,
    and rumours of the affair reached the ears of the brethren in Jetavana.
    While the brethren discussed the occurence in the assembly hall,
    the Blessed One entered and asked
    "What was the topic of your conversation?"
    And they told him. [2]

    Said the Blessed One:
    "The time will come when the wicked relatives will find their punishment.
    O brethren, this is not the first time that this occurrence took place;
    it has happened before,"

    and he told them a world-old tale. [3]

    Once upon a time, when Brahmadatta was king of Benares,
    the Bodhisatta was born in the Himalaya region as an elephant.
    He grew up strong and big, and ranged the hills and mountains,
    the peaks and caves of the tortuous woods in the valleys.
    Once as he went he saw a pleasant tree, and took his food, standing under it. [4]

    Then some impertinent monkeys came down out of the tree,
    and jumping on the elephant's back, insulted and tormented him greatly;
    they took hold of his tusks, pulled his tail and disported themselves,
    thereby causing him much annoyance.
    The Bodhisatta, being full of patience, kindliness and mercy,
    took no notice at all of their misconduct
    which the monkeys repeated again and again. [5]

    One day the spirit that lived in the tree,
    standing upon the tree-trunk, addressed the elephant saying,
    "My lord elephant, why dost thou put up with the impudence of these bad monkeys?"
    And he asked the question in a couplet as follows: [6]

      "Why dost thou patiently endure each freak
      These mischievous and selfish monkeys wreak?"

    The Bodhisatta, on hearing this, replied,
    "If, Tree-sprite, I cannot endure these monkeys' ill treatment
    without abusing their birth, lineage, and persons,
    how can I walk in the eightfold noble path?
    But these monkeys will do the same to others thinking them to be like me.
    If they do it to any rogue elephant, he will punish them indeed,
    and I shall be delivered both from their annoyance
    and the guilt of having done harm to others." [8]

    Saying this he repeated another stanza: [9]

      "If they will treat another one like me,
      He will destroy them; and I shall be free."

    A few days later, the Bodhisatta went else whither,
    and another elephant, a savage beast, came and stood in his place.
    The wicked monkeys thinking him to be like the old one,
    climbed upon his back and did as before.
    The rogue elephant siezed the monkeys with his trunk,
    threw them upon the ground, gored them with his trunk
    and trampled them to mincemeat under his feet. [11]

    When the Master had ended his teaching,
    he declared the truths, and identified the births, saying:
    "At that time the mischievous monkeys
    were the wicked relatives of the good man,
    the rogue elephant was the one who will punish them,
    but the virtuous noble elephant
    was the Tathagata himself in a former incarnation."

    After this discourse one of the brethren rose
    and asked leave to propose a question
    and when permission was granted he said:
    "I have heard the doctrine that wrong should be met with wrong
    and the evil doer should be checked by being made to suffer,
    for if this were not done
    evil would increase and good would disappear.
    What shall we do?"

    Said the Blessed One: "Nay, I will tell you:
    Ye who have left the world
    and have adopted this glorious faith of putting aside selfishness,
    ye shall not do evil nor return hate for hate.
    Nor do ye think that ye can destroy wrong
    by retaliating evil for evil and thus increasing wrong.
    Leave the wicked to their fate
    and their evil deeds will sooner or later
    in one way or another bring on their own punishment."

    And the Tathagata repeated these stanzas: [14]

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