The happen of Buddha looks like upturning the overwhelming bowl,opening the pot, directing the right way, and holding torch in the dark!
Sirimahamaya, wife of King Suddhodana of Kabilaphattu City, dreamtthat the white elephant came to see her and gave her the lotus.
Sirimahamaya, told her husband and she persuaded the king to do allgood things, after she knew that she got pregnant.
On the full moon day of May, in the year 623 B.C., a noble prince wasborn in the Lumbini Park at Kapilavatthu, on the Indian borders ofpresent Nepal.
He was named “Siddhattha ” which means "wish fulfilled After he wasborn, he could walk 7 steps and declared to the world that this wouldbe his last life and would not reborn again.
When the king knew good news, he sent his people to pick upthem back to the city.
The great ascetic named Asita smiled at first and then was sad hesmiled because the prince would eventually become a Buddha, andhe was sad because he would not be able to see his wisdom.
Kondanna, raised only one finger and convincingly declared that theprince would definitely retire from the world and become only aBuddha, not a universal monarch.
Queen Sirimahamaya died seven days after his birth, so the kingassigned Mahapajapati, his wife‟s younger sister, took care of him.
“Don‟t attempt to play with me, if you feel tired, I don‟t want to seek forthe happiness on other distress” said Siddhattha.
When Siddhattha was 7 years olds, the king seeked for the high moralteachers to teach his son all the subjects.
Siddhattha sat cross-legged and seized the opportunity to commencethat all-important practice of intent concentration on the breath - onexhalations and inhalations
King Suddhodana was so worried about Kondanna‟s prediction.Therefore, he would try all the ways to keep him closely.
King Suddhodana decided to build three palaces for his son- one for thecold season, one for the hot season, and one for the rainy season
Siddhattha save the injured swan from Devadhat, his Relative.
When Siddhattha entered the horse race, he wouldn‟t use the whip tohit the horse, and let other people win.
Later on Prince Siddhattha was sent to study with Visavamit who was afamous and well-known teacher during that time He gained distinctionin every subject and became cleverer than his teachers
When he grew up at the age of 16 years, he got married with avery beautiful Princess named “Yasodhara” or “Bimba”
One day, Siddhattha asked Channa to pick him up to see how outsidepeople spent their lives.
Siddhatha saw the old man hadn‟t slept, because he waited for hisson, and the women waited for her husband. They were worried.
“Channa, why can‟t I touch him? If he was sick, he cannot pay tax tous. Why can‟t I help him?” , said Siddhattha.
Siddhattha felt sad, when he saw the farmer whipped theBuffalo.
Siddhattha asked Channa, “Could I and Bimba be old like that inone day?” “Yes, of course, sir.”, said Channa.
Siddhattha asked Channa, “Could I and Bimba be dead like that inone day?” “Yes, of course, sir.”, said Channa.
When prince returned to the palace, Gisa saw him and thought, “If anywoman can get married with him, she must be very happy.”
Siddhattha played in a sunny world of gardens and groves, attendedby dancing girls and musicians.
He lived in a world of plenty and beauty. He could have whatever hewanted, yet he was not happy. That night he saw his girls sleeping likethe corpses.
He thought of all problems he faced with, and he told himself that ifthere was the problem, there might be the way to solve it.
At the time he knew that he got the son, he told himself that the noosehas happened to him. He named his son, “Rahula”.
When he was 29 years old, he journeyed far and, crossing the river Anoma,rested on its banks. He handed over his garments and ornaments toChanna with instructions to return to the palace
Here he shaved his hair and beard, he thought that his parents mightbe sorrowful, when they saw and heard about this.
He thought of good foods in the past, but he then made up his mindand had will power to find the truth of life.
In the palace, Bimba felt sad, when she knew that her husband wentaway. She had to take care her son by herself.
On the way, he found the fracture-legged sheep, he carried it with him,until he reached Rajagaha City.
The ascetic Gotama, suggested the king Bimbisara not to kill the sheep forhis long life. Finally the king told him, “ You are sure to become aBuddha, but when that happens your first journey will be to my Kingdom”
The ascetic Gotama approached Alara Kalama and Uddaha Ramaputtaand expressed his desire to lead the Holy Life in his Dispensation. He soonrealized that there was none capable enough to teach him the highest truth.
For six long years the ascetic Gotama made a super-human struggle topractice all forms of the severest austerity His delicate body wasreduced to almost a skeleton
Hearing of his renunciation, Kondanna the youngest brahmin whopredicted his future, and four sons of the other sages - Bhaddiya, Vappa,Mahanama, and Assaji renounced the world and joined his company.
For six long years the ascetic Gotama kept himself lonely and triednot to contact anybody. He stayed at the coldest place, the hottestplace, not wearing the suit.
The children played at his body. One used the stick to impale his ear,one threw the dust, and one passed his water through his body.
He sometimes didn‟t have anything to eat, and he had to eat his ownfaces instead.
Later he realized that it was not the right way, so he began to beg forthe milk from the child, who reared the goat.
He thought of 3 kinds of wood, the one that suited for making fire wasthe dried wood on the dried ground, not dried one in the water or thefresh one on the dried ground.
He heard the musical instruments, and realized that the cord must notbe too tight or too slack.
At that night, he dreamt that his hands could expand to the north andthe south of the ocean. This hinted that he would succeed and expandhis religion worldwide.
On the full moon day of the month Visakha, he who had attained 35years of age, was sitting under the bayan tree Sujata gave him milk-porridge in a golden bowl.
He was still sitting under the bayan tree and told himself that he wouldnot stand up, until he had got the hightest truth.
The god mara made him think of the past events, and encouraged himto turn back to his past life.
Mara knew Buddha was close, so he put all his efforts in trying to lureBuddha back to the world
Mara changed his tactics and tried to seduce the Buddha. He summonedhis three daughters and ordered them to dance in the most seductivemanner. Again the Buddha remained in serene meditation.
Finally Mara accepted defeat and together with his confused daughterswithdraw leaving the Buddha alone beneath the Bodhi tree. On the fullmoon day of the month Visakha, he got the highest truth!
God Saham Bhrommabodee requested Lord Buddha to announce hisSacca Dhamma. Buddha realized that the gates of Nirvana were wideopen for all, and he was the destined instrument to lead humanity.
Lord Buddha compared human to the 4 types of lotus, one growing,one going to grow, one in the water, and one under the water. The firsttype was the best. It was compared to the person, who was the most clever.
Lord Buddha thought that all people still had greed, hatred, and delusion.He decided to guide them to live appropriately.
Lord Buddha met Upaka, and he refused to learn the truth, becauseHe didn‟t believe that Buddha had discovered the truth by himself.
Lord Buddha taught the Pancavaggi to follow the Middle Way, the FourNoble Truths and how to practice the Eightfold Path.
With the conversion of the five ascetics at the Deer Park ofSarnath, the order of monks was established
While Lord Buddha was still at Sarnath a young man called “Yasa” lefthome out of dispassion for the householders life Yasa got enlightenedand ordained.
After Yasa ordained, his friends heard of this and they too requestedordination Then there were 60 monks.
“ Will you find the girls or find yourself?”, said Buddha. After PaddhaVaggi heard about this, they were taught not to adhere „thing‟ or even„self‟. All 30 persons were enlightened and requested ordination.
Lord Buddha went to Uruvela to convert a thousand hermits headed bythe three Kassapa brothers known as Uruvela Kassapa, Nadi Kassapaand Gaya Kassapa
Buddha tamed the King of the Dragons in a fire-shed by using a varietyof his supernatural powers The thousand hermits became monks andthey all became arahants
On the way, he saw the woman, who was so sorrowful, because her sondied. He suggested her to find the lettuce seeds at the house, wherethere was no people dead and he would help her. She couldn‟t find any.
Sariputta and Moggallana became monks under the Doctrine andDiscipline of the Buddha One day Lord Buddha went to teachMoggallana on how to prevent the sleep feeling.
Sariputta got enlightened and became arahant, when Lord Buddhataught Theekanakka.
The Buddha went from there to Rajagaha accompained by those monksand dwelt in the Toddy Palm Grove King Bimbisara went there with alarge following of 120,000 persons to pay his respects to the Buddha
As the ascetic Kassapa was held in high esteem by his people, heacknowledged the Buddhas superiority, saying, “My teacher, Lord, is theLord, I am the disciple” repeatedly
On the full moon of Makha, 1,250 Arahants came to see Buddha withoutany schedule and they were ordained by the Buddha himself Buddha gaveArhantas the principles of the Buddhism, The Ovadhapatimokha
Those principles are - To cease from all evil, - To do what is good, - Toclean ones mind.
At Kabilapath City, King Suddhodana asked Lord Buddha not to begpeople for the foods, but Buddha replied that this was the traditionalpractice for all Buddha.
Yasodara, Rahulas mother, held her son in her arms and pointed tothe Buddha saying That is your father
The Buddha asked Sariputta, one of his disciples, to ordain Rahula.King Suddhodana asked Buddha if any child would like to ordain, hehad to ask his parent for permission first. Buddha agreed.
Sariputta asked Buddha to set up the disciplines for all monks butBuddha said that he would set up the disciplines after any problems hadhappened. He should not set up disciplines, before things happened.
Buddha had setup the first discipline, when monk Suthin‟s mother askedhim to sleep with his wife, so that his wife would have baby for his family.Buddha asked all monks not to have sex with the women since then.
One day, the son of the rich family came to ordain and build his own bighouse in the temple. Buddha asked the monks to destroy it and said to himthat his life should not adhere to the luxurious things.
Some monks believed that if he would like to reduce passion, he had to killhimself. No life meant no passion. Buddha had set up the discipline for themonk not to kill himself or others. That was the sin!
Buddha would like to protect the good monks from the bad monks, so heasked all the monks not to magnify themselves as arahants if they weren‟t,especially if they had purpose to deceive people for their benefits.
Buddha taught the monks to behave like the new daughter-in-law thatrespected to her husband‟s parents, and to feel shy to do the bad things.
Buddha taught that the good monks would not eat the foods that were notbelonged to him, and the bad monks would aim at eating the food thatother monks left for him.
Buddha taught that the good monks should not feel good with the sleeping.If they felt good with it, they would be careless and did not try to practiceSacca Dhamma. He requested all monks to sleep on the floor since then.
Buddha taught that the good monks should be aware all the time theysat, they slept, they stood, and they walked. All behaviors had to becontrolled by consciousness.
Buddha pointed to money left on the ground and said to Ananda thatwe had to see the money left on the ground as the snake. It was notgood for the monks to find and keep it.
Buddha pointed that the monks should not do bad thing topeople, because it looked like they ate the hot iron into theirbodies, and felt
One day, the monks had different views about the beauty of the forest andthey came to see Buddha. Buddha pointed that the forest would bebeautiful, when the monk succeeded, enlightened, and became Arahant.
Monk Punna asked the Buddha to go to propagate Dhamma, and told thatif the cruel people threw the rocks to him, it was better than he was killed.Buddha said that he was the right man, because he had good attitude.
Buddha taught that the successful monk would aim at achieving thecore of Buddhist knowledge or the heartwood. They would not beinterested in its leaf, its bark, or its sapwood.
Buddha taught that the good monk should not put priority to eating. Itlooked like the husband and his wife ate the corpse of their sons amongthe desert, because they had nothing to eat.
Buddha taught that our eyes, ears, nose, mouths, tongues, bodies, andminds looked like the various animals that would like to go on their ownways. If we could control all of them, we will be happy.
Buddha taught about 4 accidents, which were accident from female orshark, accident from our delusion or whirlpool, accident from eating orcrocodile, accident from anger or wave.
Buddha taught that the monks, who put priority to eating, would belike the insect that ate the faces.
“I stand still Angulimala evermore, for I am merciful to all living beings; but youare merciless to living beings Therefore I stand still and you stand not still ”The Buddha took him to the monastery, where he became a monk.
After King Ajatashatru starved his father to death, he was recommended tomeet Buddha, but he was surprised when he saw the group of monk satquietly.
Buddha thought that if King Ajatashatru listened to my Dhamma first, hewould get enlightened for sure. But he killed his father, so this was hishighest sin, and he just felt better, but didn‟t understand my teachings.
Brahmin asked Buddha if he had the steps in teaching Dhamma. Buddhasaid that monk had to be aware of eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, andmind, not put priority to eating, not prefer sleeping, and practicing Dhamma.
A group of dance show asked if they entertained the people, what theywould become after the death. Buddha told them if they entertained thepeople to have delusion on the bad things, they would become the Jinn.
Magiya, the former attendant of Buddha, asked him for leaving to othercity, but Buddha asked him to work for more periods. He rejected hisrequest. Later Buddha appointed Ananda to be his new attendant.
“ You should change your thought and consider that when you saw things oryou listened, you always had consciousness…”, said Buddha. Pahiya gotenlightened and became arahant. He died on that day without ordination.
Bhuddha taught that anger feeling had 3 levels, the first level looked like themark on the rock, the second level looked like the mark on the soil, and thethird level looked like the mark on the water. The first level was the evil one.
Bhuddha didn‟t try hard to change other people to respect his religion, but helistened and kept asking what they were interested, until they had the rightattitude. He didn‟t change their religion, but changed their wrong thoughts.
Bhuddha classified types of speech into 3 levels, which looked likefaces, flower, and honey. The first level was the evil one.
Bhuddha talked about the teamwork of the teacher and his student ina village, and that each person had to perform his assigned job well.
Brahmin asked Buddha how Yama couldn‟t see them after the death. Buddhareplied that they should see all the things as blankness. Don‟t adhere to “self”,If they had no “self”, Yama couldn‟t see them after the death.
Buddha taught the monk not to see the “value” of received things, but to seetheir “ intention levels of giving ”.
Buddha taught King Pasenadi Kosala that the death was following alllives, so everyone should be careful and followed Dhamma teaching.
Buddha told the stableman that he also taught the monks as the sameways as him. To told softly, to advise, to order, and to kill (not talk to).
Buddha visited Kabillapath to give His last discourse to His fatherOn hearing the Dhamma, King Suddhodana attained ArahanthshipSeven days later he passed away
Mahapajapati gave yellow robe to Buddha, but Buddha advised her togive it to other monks without mentioning the receiver.
Mahapajapati was the first woman to request Buddha for ordination.Later she developed insight and soon after won arahantship.
Buddha and Ananda always went to visit the sick monk and treatedevery one the same.
Buddha told that the person, who knew the 4 noble truths, and hadgood behavior would compare to the closing pot with full water.
Buddha pointed at 4 rats, one excavated the hole and lived, oneexcavated the hole, but didn‟t live, one didn‟t excavated, but lived, onedidn‟t excavated, and didn‟t lived. The first rat was the best.
Buddha taught the man to respect 6 directions, his parent, hiswife, son, friends, servants, and monks.
Buddha asked Brahmin not to behave, because it was the tradition, butadvised to use wisdom to consider how to do good karma.
The girl told Buddha that she didn‟t know where she came from anddidn‟t know where she went. In fact, she didn‟t know her past life andnext life. People thought that she joshed Buddha, but Buddha knew.
Buddha told the farmer that he also cultivated the farm. The farmergrew for the rice, but he grew for the wisdom, the four noble truth.
Buddha told Brahmin to lay down, and Brahmin laid down his flowers.Buddha still said the same word and asked him to lay down his “self”.
Buddha explained that the Nirvana could be compared to the boiledrice, that suited to be eaten, when its hot was reduced to normal.
Buddha explained that the Nirvana could be compared to the horsethat was tame and ready to ride. Nirvana could be found when we lived,not after the death.
Buddha explained that all knowledge could be compared to the wholeforest, but what he taught was just compared to the leaf in his hand.He taught only “Tukka” or “Sufferings” and how to cease them.
Buddha debated with Brahmin and overcame his arguments. Brahminhad never looked down anyone since then.
Buddha stood where he was and sent out his thought of loving-kindnesstowards the elephants Nalagiri.When the elephant came near him, itstood quietly before him listening to the words of advice uttered by him
Brahmin, who understood that he had good luck all the time, toldBuddha that he had good health. Buddha said to him that there wasthe other thing that should be good too, his mind!
Buddha taught Rahula that if he overwhelmed the bowl, the water wasgone. This meant if we had the canon in our mind, we would not tell alie and tell only the truth.
Buddha paid high respect to Dhamma. When he knew that the monkswere studying Dhamma, he would not interrupt all of them and waituntil they finished.
Buddha taught that there were 3 types of persons, one who had noeye, one who had only one eye, and one who had 2 eyes. The thirdperson meant that he could both find good job, and had high moral for
Buddha taught the man on how to believe. He should notbelieve, because he heard that it was said like this and that. He shouldconsider and believe thing that supported him to have higher moral.
The children paid high respect to Kasapa, because they loved hisgesture, and his voice. When they grew up, they would know that theyshould pay high respect to Buddha for his kindness.
Buddha said to the old Brahmin that the stick might be better than theungrateful son. He asked him to bring the stick to the city and told thepeople as he said. Finally, his son brought him back to his house.
Buddha taught the children if they wanted happiness, they should notmake other lives suffer.
Buddha taught that the religion looked like a boat that could save theman‟s life,but after he reached the destination, he didn‟t need to carry itwith him. We shouldn‟t adhere to the word “ego”, my religion, your religion.
Buddha taught the women how to behave as a good wife such as sleepingafter and waking up before the husband, working hard, telling thetruth, not too luxurious, and paid high respect to the husband, and so on.
Buddha taught Visakha not to be so sad of her grandson‟s death. He addedthat if she had thousand children, would it be so tired to be sad all the timeif they died every day. Visakha felt better.
Buddha taught the monk not to question about where he went to after thedeath. If he was shot, he had to pull the arrows immediately, not to askwho shot him, what his name was……it was too late.
Buddha visited the sick Vaggli, who became arahant after he stopped hisdelusion to the gesture of Buddha. Buddha taught him that theperson, who had seen Dhamma, would also see Buddha as well.
Buddha also had his own daily routine activities from the morning tillNight, so we, as the Buddhists, should cease from all evil, do what isgood, clean our minds.
Buddha told Ananda that even Buddha also got older. No one could escapeall these facts, they had to be born, old, sick, and dead unavoidably.
Buddha turned back and saw Vesali City last time. He said to Ananda,“Ananda, this is the last time that I can see Vesali, I had no chance to comeback to this city again.”
Possessing this Mirror of Dharma, a noble disciple shall be able topredict for himself that he shall not fall back to lower states like hell, theanimal world, the ghost world and other sorrowful and unhappy states
Buddha accepted to eat Canna‟s foods, or boars delight But soonafter this, the Buddha suffered from an attack of the dysentery he hadbeen suffering from earlier and sharp pains came upon him.
Subhadda asked Ananda to meet Buddha. Later he admitted to theorder of monks and the Buddha granted his request Subhadda becamethe very last convert and disciple of the Buddha.
“Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you All component things inthe world are changeable They are not lasting Work hard to gain yourown salvation ”
The passing away, or the final nirvana of the Buddha, occurredin 543 B.C. on a full-moon day in the month of May, known inthe Indian calendar as Vesak.
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