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Speaking of 'Dhammic Stories', I have found the publication Great Disciples of the Buddha: their lives, their works & their legacy
by Nyaniponika Thera, Hellmuth Hucker and edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi, very inspiring.
The work includes biographical sketches of:
Great Women disciples inc:
Sirima and Uttara
Father and Mother Nakula
Most, if not all may be available from www.accesstoinsight.org
I highly recommend them.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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Another book I have read along similar lines is "Relatives and Disciples of the Buddha" by Radhika Abeysekera.
It is also available online to read at http://mail.saigon.com/~anson/ebud/rdbud/rdbud-00.htm
I suspect this one is probably aimed at a slightly younger audience than the one you refer to above, but it's still very readable as an adult.
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)
“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)
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Ben wrote:Speaking of 'Dhammic Stories', I have found the publication Great Disciples of the Buddha: their lives, their works & their legacy by Nyaniponika Thera, Hellmuth Hucker and edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi, very inspiring.
Yes, it is great book. I have read it several times and throughly enjoy it each time. There is much in it to help a Buddhist live according to the Dhamma. In other words, it has much practical advice and illustrations about how to live one's life, based upon how the great disciples have lived.
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Was dipping into this uplifting book today, so am bumping the thread up into easy view again. It is still in print I assume, also e-book format.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- AN 10.1
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