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Bodhisattvas Mahā-sattvas

The term Bodhisattva refers to a sattva (person) on a Buddhist mārga (path) in pursuit of Bodhi (awakening) or one whose nature is awakening. In the Mahāyāna tradition, a Bodhisattva is a practitioner who, by habituating himself in the practice of the Pāramitā (perfection), aspires to become a Buddha in the future by seeking complete, perfect awakening through Prajñā (wisdom) and by benefiting all sentient

10 Bodhisattvas

10 Bodhisattvas refer to 10 future Buddhas during their lives as Bodhisattvas. They have also been referred to as successors of Gautama Buddha. In the Sotattakī Scripture, one of the exclusive texts to the Pāḷi Canon, Ānanda asked Gotama Buddha about the people who were practising to achieve the Buddhahood. Gotama Buddha answered that there will be 10 future Buddhas. Each will attain full Buddhahood

Monasticism in Buddhism

The majority of Buddhist monastics are not hermits or solitary wanderers. Monastics, even those who may choose to take up a solitary life from time to time, belong to the Buddhist Saṅgha or community. Buddhist monastic communities include everything from extremely large and wealthy urban monasteries, to mid-size and small village monasteries, to forest, cave, and mountain monasteries. Buddhist monasticism dates back to the Śākyamuni

Buddhist Monks

While terms for Monk in the Buddhist tradition (Sanskrit, Bhikṣu or Śramaṇa; Pāli, Bhikkhu or Samaṇa) are rooted in words connoting mendicancy and austerity, the Buddhist Monk is more generally understood as a member of a community of religious renunciants (the Saṅgha in Pāli, Saṁgha in Sanskrit) who has undergone a formal Ordination ceremony conducted by a quorum of fully ordained Monks. Novice Monks (Śrāmaṇera)

Buddha in Former Lives

Viewing the glory of the Buddha is a very strong experience and may involve the arousing of the Buddhist Righteous Wish and the very great inspiration to become a Buddha Supreme: This happened to our Gotama Buddha who, in the Buddhist history, began practising the Act of Wishing by thought, to become a Buddha. Gotama did this in the presence of the numerous Supremely Enlightened

Buddha: From Birth to Enlightenment

Before His Mission on Earth the future Buddha was born in Tusita Heaven, as a deity named Setaketu, enjoying a contented and blissful life. He was also known as Santussita deva the name derived from the divine abode he was staying Nearing the end of his divine lifespan, all the divine beings from the ten thousand universes cordially requested him saying: “Dear Bodhisattva deva it

Buddha’s First Community disciples

Buddha thought how deep His Dhamma was and how difficult it would be for the people to understand and practise. Coincidentally Brahma Sahampati appeared before Him and invited Him to preach the Dhamma, as there were some people who could understand the Dhamma. With His Divine Eye, He surveyed and saw that indeed there were people who could understand the Dhamma: Buddha told them: “Go

Wealthy Supporters of Buddha

Among the many prominent supporters, the following are outstanding:- 1. King Bimbisāra donated the Bamboo Grove (Veluvana Monastery) 2. Anāthapiṇḍika donated the Jetavana Monastery 3. Visākha donated the Pubbarama Monastery 4. King Kosala Pasenadi performed the unique Alms-giving 5. King Ajātasattu - royal patron of First Buddhist Council 6. King Kalasoka - royal patron of Second Buddhist Council 7. Emperor Aśoka - royal patron of

Chief Female Disciples of Buddha

Out of sheer frustration and unable to gain any spiritual solace, Mahāpajāpati Gotamī and the 500 Sakyan ladies shaved their heads, wearing yellow robes, marched up to the Buddha and again requested Him to allow them to be ordained as Bhikkhunīs. The Buddha still refused them the permission. Out of desperation and at wits end, they approached the Venerable Ānanda who succeeded in securing the

Chief Male Disciples of Buddha

Outstanding amongst the Buddha’s disciples are the 2 Chief Male Disciples 1. Venerable Sāriputta 2. Venerable Moggallāna and also very important Arahants were 3. Venerable Maha Kassapa 4. Venerable Ānanda 5. Venerable Aṅgulimāla and the 2 Chief Female Disciples 1. Venerable Khema 2. Venerable Uppalavaṇṇa They had not only developed inner access into the Dhamma but also had special potency of their own in the

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