A Sketch of the Buddha's Life

Readings from the Pali Canon

13,055 words

This modest selection of excerpts from the Pali Canon provides a rough sketch of the life of the Buddha. I hope you will find enough in this rather sparse selection to gain at least an inkling both of the range of the Buddhas teachings and of the sweeping trajectory of his extraordinary life....

He Travels Widely

Teaching Thousands Of Lay Followers

At one time the Lord was staying near Savatthi in the Jeta Grove at Anathapindika"s monastery. Now the lay follower Dhammika with five hundred other lay followers approached the Lord. Having drawn near and having saluted the Lord respectfully he sat down at one side. Sitting there the lay follower Dhammika addressed the Lord...

[Sn II.14]

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