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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.
Kind regards

Ben
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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.

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