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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

    Sariputta's Faith

    The Blessed One proceeded with a great company of the brethren to Nalanda;
    and there he stayed in a mango grove. [1]

    Now the venerable Sariputta came to the place where the Blessed One was,
    and having saluted him, took his seat respectfully at his side, and said:
    "Lord! such faith have I in the Blessed One,
    that methinks there never has been, nor will be,
    nor is there now any other, who is greater or wiser than the Blessed One,
    that is to say, as regards the higher wisdom."
    [2]

    Replied the Blessed One:
    "Grand and bold are the words of thy mouth, Sariputta:
    verily, thou hast burst forth into a song of ecstacy!
    Surely then thou hast known all the Blessed Ones
    who in the long ages of the past
    have been holy Buddhas?"
    [3]

    "Not so, O Lord!" said Sariputta. [4]

    And the Lord continued:
    "Then thou hast perceived all the Blessed Ones
    who in the long ages of the future shall be holy Buddhas?"
    [5]

    "Not so, Lord!' [6]

    "But at least then, O Sariputta, thou knowest me
    as the holy Buddha now alive, and hast penetrated my mind."
    [7]

    "Not even that, O Lord!" [8]

    "Thou seest then, Sariputta,
    that thou knowest not the hearts of the holy Buddhas of the past
    nor the hearts of those of the future,
    Why, therefore, are thy words so grand and bold?
    Why burstest thou forth into such a song of ecstacy?"
    [9]

    "O Lord! I have not the knowledge of the hearts
    of all the Buddhas that have been and are to come, and now are.
    I only know the lineage of the faith.
    Just as a king, Lord, might have a border city,
    strong in its foundations, strong in its ramparts and with one gate only;
    and the king might have a watchman there, clever, expert, and wise,
    to stop all strangers and admit only friends.
    And on going over the approaches all about the city,
    he might not be able so to observe all the joints and crevices in the ramparts of that city
    as to know where such a small creature as a cat could get out.
    That might well be.
    Yet all living beings of larger size
    that entered or left the city,
    would have to pass through that gate.
    Thus only is it, Lord, that I know the lineage of the faith.
    I know that the holy Buddhas of the past,
    putting away all lust, ill-will, sloth, pride, and doubt,
    knowing all those mental faults which make men weak,
    training their minds in the four kinds of mental activity,
    throroughly exercising themselves in the sevenfold higher wisdom,
    received the full fruition of Enlightenment.
    And I know that the holy Buddhas of the times to come will do the same.
    And I know that the Blessed One, the holy Buddha of to-day, has done so now."
    [10]

    "Great is thy faith, O Sariputta," replied the Blessed One,
    "but take heed that it be well grounded." [11]

    End Chapter 89


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