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Great Disciples of the Buddha

Postby 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:
[list=]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[/list]

Most, if not all may be available from www.accesstoinsight.org.
I highly recommend them.
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Re: Great Disciples of the Buddha

Postby 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.

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Re: Great Disciples of the Buddha

Postby 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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