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Great Disciples of the Buddha: Their Lives, Their Works, Their Legacy

Category: Book
Edited By: Bodhi
By (author): Hecker, Hellmuth
By (author): Nyanaponika
Series: Teachings Of The Buddha
  RELIGION / Buddhism / History
  RELIGION / Buddhism / Theravada
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Published: June 2003
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.15in
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From The Publisher*Just as Jesus was surrounded by twelve apostles, the Buddha also had a close group of followers. The remarkable spiritual achievements of these early disciples illustrate the relevance and power of the Buddha's teaching. Through their encounter with India's most influential sage, these determined men and women transformed their minds while discovering how to attain internal peace and equanimity. In this inspiring book, twenty-four of the Buddha's most distinguished disciples, including eight women, are brought to life in ten chapters of rich narration. Drawn from a wide range of authentic Pali sources, the material in these stories has never before been assembled in a single volume. Through these engaging tales, we meet all manner of human beings - rich, poor, male, female, young, old - whose unique stories are told with an eye to the details of ordinary human concerns. If read with careful attention, these stories can sharpen our understanding of the Buddhist path by allowing us to contemplate the living portraits of the people who fulfilled the early Buddhist ideals of human perfection.
Review Quote*"A truly unique and excellent addition to the literature from the Pali texts. Great Disciples is a rich sourcebook, offering lucid stories and translations and brilliant scholarship, all visibly crafted with a love of the Dhamma."
Review Quote*"The living tradition of Buddhism is the linkage of spiritual friendships that bring us all the way back to the Buddha. Here are the stories of his early disciples, the men and women who studied with him directly, and who can inspire us all to the power and depth of spiritual friendship."
Review Quote*"This is one of the most inspiring books a serious Buddhist practitioner can read. It provides many examples of the humanity of the Buddha and his followers and relieves our fears that enlightenment erases individuality. It shows us how our individual human talents and aspirations can be purified by deep and continuous practice to produce extraordinary benefit for ourselves and others."
Review Quote*"An enlightening look at the Buddha's sangha as archetypal model..."
Review Quote*"This book is a wonderful addition to our understanding of the culture of awakening. In a way that is both scholarly and inspiring, it brings to life the struggles, practice, and realization of the great disciples of the Buddha. Through the book's many stories and teachings, we begin to connect their spiritual journeys with our own."
Review Quote*"A fascinating glimpse of life in ancient India at the time of the Buddha. The disciples came from diverse backgrounds, with different talents for us to emulate as well as weaknesses to overcome. I found reassurance from learning that their struggles were not that different from my own."
Review Quote*"I am grateful for the publication of this book. With great admiration for and trust in the authors, I recommend The Great Disciples of the Buddha to friends and students alike."
Review Quote*"Fascinating and valuable, inspirational and encouraging, these are stories to read again and again..."
Review Quote*"Delivers an inspiring confirmation of the human potential for awakening and spiritual transformation."