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Great Disciples of the Buddha

Post by Ben » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:11 am

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:
  • Sariputta
    Mahamoggalana
    Mahakassapa
    Ananda
    Anuruddha
    Mahakaccana
    Great Women disciples inc:
    • Visaka
      Mallika
      Khema
      Bhadda Kundalakesa
      Kisagotami
      Sona
      Nanda
      Queen Samavati
      Patacara
      Ambapali
      Sirima and Uttara
      Isidasi
    Angulimala
    Anathapindika
    Householder Citta
    Bhikkhu Citta
    Father and Mother Nakula
Most, if not all may be available from www.accesstoinsight.org.
I highly recommend them.
Kind regards

Ben
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- 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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Re: Great Disciples of the Buddha

Post by retrofuturist » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:15 am

Greetings Ben,

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.

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Great Disciples of the Buddha

Post by sherubtse » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:33 pm

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.

Ben
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.

With metta,
Sherubtse

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