Who is your favorite great disciple?

Textual analysis and comparative discussion on early Buddhist sects and texts.
Individual
Posts: 1970
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:19 am

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by Individual » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:23 am

Gautama
The best things in life aren't things.

The Diamond Sutra

rowyourboat
Posts: 1952
Joined: Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:29 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by rowyourboat » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:06 am

Maha-kassapa- because he is said to be in a cave somewhere and his bones (dhathu) is going to assemble with those of the next Buddha for the final rapturous sermon!
With Metta

Karuna
Mudita
& Upekkha

pt1
Posts: 417
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:30 am

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by pt1 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:18 am

Sariputta - for transmitting the abhidhamma
Upali - for transmitting the vinaya
Anuruddha - for being there for the monks and devas at time of the Buddha's demise, for urging Ananda to attain arahatship so he could attend the first council and actually recite all the suttas, and for being in charge of transmitting the anguttara.

Best wishes

User avatar
cooran
Posts: 8504
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:32 pm
Location: Queensland, Australia

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by cooran » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:44 am

Well said pt1! :twothumbsup:
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

User avatar
adeh
Posts: 215
Joined: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:42 pm
Location: Mexico City

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by adeh » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:37 pm

Ananda

vesuyul
Posts: 8
Joined: Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:21 pm

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by vesuyul » Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:47 pm

venerable Sariputta for his wisdom....he was chief disciple. He also had powerful psychic powers born of his cultivation.

SamKR
Posts: 984
Joined: Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:33 pm

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by SamKR » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:33 pm

Sariputta
Khema

User avatar
Kusala
Posts: 747
Joined: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:02 am

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by Kusala » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:20 am

convivium wrote:Who is your favorite disciple of the Buddha'?
I would have to say Angulimala. A mass murderer who turned his life around upon hearing the Dhamma.

My favorite part of the Angulimala Sutta:

Then the robber Angulimala spoke this verse to the Blessed One:

'While walking the recluse says "I have stopped,"
when I have stopped, he says I have not stopped.
Recluse, explain this to me,
how have you stopped and I have not stopped.'

'Angulimala I have stopped for good,
I have given up harming living beings.
You are not restrained towards living beings,
therefore I have stopped and you have not stopped.'

Then and there the robber threw away his weapons
into the depths of the forest;
He fell at the feet of the Blessed One
and begged for the going forth.

The Blessed One, the sage
with compassion, for the whole world,
Gave him the going forth saying: 'Come O! bhikkhu!'
and that was his going forth.
Image

"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

--------------------------------------------
"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

User avatar
Wizard in the Forest
Posts: 631
Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:16 am
Location: House in Forest of Illusions

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by Wizard in the Forest » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:42 am

I forgot to add Bhaddha, I like her too.
"One is not born a woman, but becomes one."- Simone de Beauvoir

Sylvester
Posts: 2205
Joined: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:57 am

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by Sylvester » Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:42 pm

Citta Gahapati (treasurer of Macchikasanda) in this dispensation, and Ghatikara (the potter) in the Buddha Kassapa's dispensation. One cannot ask for better paragons of the laity.

shjohnk
Posts: 193
Joined: Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:19 am
Location: Shanghai, China

Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Post by shjohnk » Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:50 pm

Gotta be Ananda. He was a relative plodder, gives hope to all of us :bow:

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests