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Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby convivium » Fri May 28, 2010 10:51 pm

Who is your favorite disciple of the Buddha'?
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Goofaholix » Fri May 28, 2010 10:55 pm

convivium wrote:Who is your favorite disciple of the Buddha'?


Me!
"Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment." - Ajahn Chah
"When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. When we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy." - Ajahn Chah
"Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it." — Ajahn Chah
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby cooran » Fri May 28, 2010 11:03 pm

Hello all,

Without the slightest doubt, the Great Disciple of the Buddha whom I most revere is:

Ananda ~ Guardian of the Dhamma

Contents
1. Ananda's Personal Path
2. Ananda's Renown
3. Ananda as the Buddha's Attendant
4. Ananda as the Guardian of the Dhamma
5. Ananda's Attitude Toward Women
6. Ananda and His Fellow Monks
7. Ananda's Conversations with the Buddha
8. Ananda's Former Lives
9. The Last Days of Gotama the Buddha
10. After the Death of the Buddha

82,000 Teachings from the Buddha
I have received;
2,000 more from his disciples;
Now, 84,000 are familiar to me.[1]

Who nothing has heard[2] and nothing understood,
He ages only oxen-like:
His stomach only grows and grows,
But his insight deepens not.

Who has much heard and learned,
But does despise him who is poor in learning,
Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So must I think of such a one.

Thou follow him who has heard much,
Then what is heard shall not decline.
This is the tap-root of the holy life;
Hence a Dhamma-guardian [3] thou should'st be!

Knowing what comes first and last,
Knowing well the meaning, too,
Skilful in grammar and in other items,[4]
The well-grasped meaning he examines.

Keen in his patient application,
He strives to weigh the meaning well.
At the right time he makes his effort,
And inwardly collects his mind.— the Venerable Ananda,
in Thag 17.3 (vv. 1024-29)

The one disciple of the Buddha most often mentioned in his discourses is Ananda. Amongst all those great monks around the Buddha he occupies a unique position, and this in many respects, as will be mentioned in these pages.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el273.html

We have the Suttas and the Bhikkhuni Sangha due to this wonderful, diligent, compassionate person.

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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Wind » Fri May 28, 2010 11:05 pm

That's easy. Ananda. His hard work gave us the Suttas. :smile:
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby mikenz66 » Fri May 28, 2010 11:17 pm

Goofaholix wrote:
convivium wrote:Who is your favorite disciple of the Buddha'?


Me!

Hmm, Goofaholix beat me to it...

Taking the question as it might have been intended, the disciple who's words I enjoy most is Maha Kaccana http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index-names.html#k
As it says there: "Praised by the Buddha for his mastery in analysing the Dhamma and explaining it to others."

Unfortunately Access to Insight doesn't have some of his discourses, in particular MN133 http://awake.kiev.ua/dhamma/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/2Majjhima-Nikaya/Majjhima3/133-mahakaccana-bhaddekaratta-e.html, which I found the most useful of the "Single Excellent Night" (the Nanamoli/Bodhi title) series (MN131-134). http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Some may regard the Suttas as just a summary of the Buddha's ideas, and that putting some discourses in the mouths of various disciples is merely an expositional device. However, my impression is that the discourses by Maha Kaccana (or Sariputta, Ananda, etc) do have a "feel" that seem to me to reflect their particular way of understanding things. Just as Dhamma talks by modern teacher have their own "feel".

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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Reductor » Fri May 28, 2010 11:18 pm

Kassapa!

His acceptance into the Sangha was very unique, and his approach to the asceticism was unmatched. I admire that in my great disciples.
Michael

The thoughts I've expressed in the above post are carefully considered and offered in good faith.

And friendliness towards the world is happiness for him who is forbearing with living beings. -- Ud. 2:1
To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72

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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Goofaholix » Sat May 29, 2010 12:35 am

mikenz66 wrote:
Goofaholix wrote:
convivium wrote:Who is your favorite disciple of the Buddha'?


Me!

Hmm, Goofaholix beat me to it...


Actually I didn't notice the word "great" in the question.
"Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment." - Ajahn Chah
"When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. When we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy." - Ajahn Chah
"Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it." — Ajahn Chah
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby retrofuturist » Sat May 29, 2010 12:39 am

Sariputta
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Mukunda » Sat May 29, 2010 12:49 am

Angulamala. If HE can achieve liberation, there's definitely hope for me! :woohoo:
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat May 29, 2010 1:43 am

ananda
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Virgo » Sat May 29, 2010 2:21 am

Bahiya-- Quckest to attain attain Arahantship through wisdom alone, just by hearing an address by the Blessed One.

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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby bodom » Sat May 29, 2010 2:38 am

Sariputta, Angulimala and Anathapindinka because the most important of the Buddha's discourses to the laity were given to him.

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Stephen K » Sat May 29, 2010 1:11 pm

Ajahn Brahm.
With metta,
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby plwk » Sat May 29, 2010 2:11 pm

Ananda :thumbsup:
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sat May 29, 2010 3:12 pm

Angulimala
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Sobeh » Sat May 29, 2010 5:01 pm

The unnamed monk The Elder, about whom there are a few stanzas in the Samyutta, as a signpost of all the other unnamed monks who didn't have history on their side, but who nevertheless Did What Had To Be Done.
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 29, 2010 5:35 pm

Too many good ones, but in the interest of some female representation:

Khema

Khema was one of the wives of King Bimbisara and was very beautiful. One day the Buddha explained to her impermanence in a way to show her that the beauty would not last. Khema practiced and became enlightened and then decided to become a nun. She penetrated to the truth very quickly and was the chief nun during the time of Buddha.

Dhammadinna

Dhammadinna was the wife of a merchant. She and her husband became Buddhists and she decided to ordain as a bhikkhuni (nun). Shortly thereafter she became enlightened (arahant). Her husband progressed well, but to the stage of non-returner, which is not yet enlightened. She surpassed her husband, which became one of many examples of where women exceeded either their husbands or their teachers in spiritual progress, once again showing the gender equality in the teachings of the Buddha. On one occasion Ven. Dhammadinna was giving a Dhamma talk and the Buddha sat silently and listened. After the talk, the Buddha said that he could not have said (the teachings) it any better and praised her vigorously.
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby SDC » Sat May 29, 2010 10:41 pm

thereductor wrote:Kassapa!

His acceptance into the Sangha was very unique, and his approach to the asceticism was unmatched. I admire that in my great disciples.


Seconded.
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat May 29, 2010 11:15 pm

Mahakassapa!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Who is your favorite great disciple?

Postby Strive » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:42 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Sariputta


I admire Sariputta too, he is my ideal disciple with with great wisdom. :anjali:

"Indeed, friend, we did not know that we were talking with the venerable Sariputta, the disciple who is like the Teacher himself."-- Venerable Punna mantaniputta.

"Sariputta has reached the peak in virtue, peace, and wisdom's way; Any bhikkhu who has gone beyond at best can only match him." -- Anathapindika
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