Life of Lord Buddha: Compiled by Monk Pao-ch'eng from Chinese Sutras and Illustrated in Woodcuts in the Ming Period
Lokesh Chandra & Sushama Lohia
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Book ID : 36894
ISBN-10 : 81-7742-090-9 / 8177420909
ISBN-13 : 978-81-7742-090-6 / 9788177420906
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
viii, 460p., Illus., Index, 29 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. Salvation by the Buddha of the Sakyas 2. Buddhas of the Past 3. He Buys Flowers and Offers Them to the Buddha 4. He is Reborn in the Tusita Heaven 5. Story of Gautama Kama-Sakya 6. King Suddhoduna 7. The Dream of Maya 8. He Was Born under a Tree 9. The Child is Taken to a Garden in the City 10. Prediction of the Ascetic Asita 11. Amnesty and Bounties 12. The Child is Brought Up by His Maternal Aunt 13. Presentation of the Child at the Temple of the Gods 14. Sports in the Park 15. Study at School 16. Study of Military Arts and of Practical Sciences 17. Coronation of the Prince 18. He Contemplates on the Working of Farmers 19. Athletic Competition 19bis. Episode of the Elephant 20. Marriage of Siddhartha 21. Life in Pleasures 22. Voice in the Sky 23. The Dream of King Suddhodana 24. Meeting an Old Man 25. Meeting a Sick Man 26. Meeting a Corpse 27. Meeting a Monk 28. Dreams of Yasodhara 29. He Announces That He is Going to Depart 30. Evasion at Midnight 31. He Cuts His Hair 32. He is Separated from Channa 33. Channa Returns to the Palace 34. Siddhartha Consults the Rsis of the Forest 35. Invitation to Return 36. He Meets the Two Rsis at a Loss 37. Six Years of Austerities 38. The Father Sends Him Provisions 39. Two Cowherdesses Give Him Milk 40. Bath in the Nairanjana River 41. Devas and Nagas Wait Upon Him 42. He Sits at the Foot of the Tree 43. Indra Provides Him Grass 44. A Nagaraja Praises Him 45. Under the Tree 46. Dreams of Mara 47. The Son of Maru Reproves His Father 48. The Daughters of Mara Try to Seduce Siddhartha 49. Mara Attacks Siddhartha 50. Mara and the Jug 51. The Spirit of the Earth Bears Testimony 52. Son of Mara Intercedes for His Father 53. End of the Struggle 54. Enlightenment 55. The Devas Congratulate Him 56. The Great Dharma of the Avatarhsaka 57. Seven More Days under the Tree 58. A Naga Protects the Buddha 59. Another Incident under the Tree 60. Four Kings of Directions Offer the Bowl to the Buddha 61. Two Merchants Offer Food to the Buddha 62. Brahma Persuades the Buddha to Preach 63. Beginning of the Active Life of the Buddha 64. Conversion of Brahmin Purna 65. Conversion of Katyayana Rsi 66. Conversion of the Ferryman of the Ganga 67. Conversion of Yasas 68. Victory over the Fire-Naga 69. The Intercepted River 70. Another Fireworshipper 71. Donation of Venuvana 72. New Disciples 73. Conversion of Mahakasyapa 74. An Odious Calumny 75. The Buddha is Requested to Revisit His Land 76. The Buddha Recognises His Son 77. He Pulled Out His Cousin Ananda from the World 78. Rahula Renounces the World 79. Sudatta Visits the Buddha 80. The Ground of Jetavana is Covered with Gold 81. Guhya Reprimanded 82. A Fish with a Hundred Heads 83. Candraprabha Exhorts His Father Srigupta 84. The Poisoned Meal of Srigupta 85. The Buddha Converts Wu-Nao 86. Victory over Six Heterodox Teachers 87. Attempt to Kill the Buddha with a Sword 88. The Buddha Saves Nirgranthas 89. Institution of Altars for Initiation 90. Promulgation of the Precepts 91. The Aunt of Lord Buddha Asks to Be Received as a Nun 92. Conversion of the Daughter of Bhadra Kapila 93. The Buddha Visits His Place of Birth 94. Sermon of the Buddha to His Father 95. The Buddha Multiplies Himself in His Image 96. Conversion of Several Sakyas 97. Victory over the Raksasas and Nagas 98. Conversion of the Courtesans 99. Indra Milks a Cow for Ananda 100. Victory over Intoxicated Elephants 101. Devadatta Attempts on the Life of the Buddha 102. The Buddha Converts Ruci 103. A Poor Man Visits the Buddha 104. An Old Man is Received as a Monk 105. An Ugly Lady is Beautified 106. An Aggrieved Queen in Consoled 107. A Parrot-King Invites the Buddha 108. Conversion of a Wicked Buffalo 109. A Dog Barks at the Buddha 110. The Child Born in Fire 111. Effect of the Appearance of the Buddha 112. Several Persons Are Saved by a Woman 113. The Child of a Blind Beggar 114. The Old Slave 115. Sudatta Persuades His Friend to Invite the Buddha 116. Feast Given to the Buddha for Filial Piety 117. A Brahmin Gets Into Debt to Feast the Buddha 118. An Old Beggar Meets the Buddha 119. The Buddha Decides as to what is the Worst of Evils 120. The Buddha Decides as to what is the Highest Happiness 121. Opinion of the Buddha on Sacrifices 122. Conversion of a Butcher 123. Conversion of Fishermen 124. Conversion of Hunters 125. Transformation of a Monster 126. Conversion of Brigands 127. Admission of a Pariah 128. Origin of Offering Food to Starving Pretas 129. Maudgalyayana Helps His Mother 130. The Buddha Saves a Child 131. Vajrapani Invites the Buddha 132. Hariti Searches Her Child 133. Offering of a Little Dust 134. Effect of Aspersions 135. Offering of Flowers 136. The Lamp That Could Not Be Extinguished 137. Offering of a Banner 138. Offering of Cloth 139. Buddha's Robe Saves the Nagas 140. Dharani against All Evils 141. Mahakarunika-Dharani 142. Prediction to the Naga-Kings Nanda and Upananda 143. Great Assembly of Devas and Nagas 144. The Buddha Praises Ksitigarbha 145. Advice to King Jnanaprabha 146. Discourse of Vimalaktrti on Malady 147. Manjushri Visits Vimalakirti 148. Act of Contrition 149. Discourse on Mount Lanka 150. The Three Degrees of Purification 151. Surangama-Sutra 152. The True Void of Prajna 153. Recommendations to King Prasenajit 154. Saddharma-Pundanka-Sutra 155. Illness of King Suddhodana 156. Death of King Suddhodana 157. Funeral of King Suddhodana 158. The Buddha Saves the Sakyas 159. The Buddha Preaches to His Mother 160. The First Image of the Buddha 161. Rite of Washing the Image of the Buddha 162. Nirvana and Cremation of Prajapati 163. Mara Urges the Buddha to Go Into Nirvana 164. The Buddha Removes a Rock 165. Instructions for the Distribution of His Relics 166. The Buddha Recommends His Dharma to the Devas 167. The Buddha Recommends His Dharma to the Nagas 168. The Buddha Refuses to Live Any Longer 169. Lamentations of the Devas and the Nagas 170. Accord with Mara and Siva 171. The Last Meal Offered by Cunda 172. Subhadra the Last Convert 173. The Dharani of Vajrasattva 174. Prophecies 175. The Last Exhortation 176. The Last Advice 177. The Buddha Arranges His Funeral 178. Instructions About the Stupa 179. Preliminaries of Extinction 180. Nirvana in the Sala Grove 181. Mourning of Vajrapani 182. Dreams of the Mother of the Buddha 183. Anuruddha Informs the Mother of the Buddha 184. Maya Weeps on the Coffin of Her Son 185. The Buddha Rises Up from His Coffin 186. The Immobile Coffin 187. The Coffin is Transported 188. The Buddha Exposes His Feet 189. The Fire Could Not Be Kindled 190. The Holy Fire Burns by Itself 191. Distribution of the Relics 192. Codification of the Discourses of the Buddha 193. The Stupas of King Asoka 194. The Pearls of Asoka 195. Kasyapa Transmits the Patriarchate to Ananda 196. Nirvana of the Great Kasyapa 197. Sanavasika Assumes the Patriarchate 198. Talent of Upagupta 199. Buddhamitra Takes Up the Standard 200. Asvaghosa 201. Nagarjuna 202. Kanadeva 203. Asanga and Vasubandhu 204. The Cult of the Sixteen Arhats 205. The Ten Kings 206. The Deva Protectors of Dharma 207. Sirhha and Vasistha 208. Bodhidharma Departs for China 208a. Dream of the Chinese Emperor
This Life of Lord Buddha is a reproduction of the Sbib-cbia ju-lai ying-bua sbib-cbi, a collection of important episodes in the life of Lord Buddha, cited from different Sutras translated into Chinese from the 3rd to the 13th century. The citations are illustrated on opposite pages, so that the pious could visualise the Dharma of the Tathagata. They are 'Visual Dharma'. The Chinese has been translated into English. It was compiled by monk Pao-ch'eng during the Ming period. It was revised by Prince Yung-shan the grand nephew of Emperor K'ang-hsi. He had new woodcuts done in 1787-93. The landscape, buildings, persoas, city layouts, gardens, etc are styled as was done in the 18th century. The simple lines, athirst for the beauty of the beyond, were to deepen the spiritual tone. A Chinese proverb says : "A picture is a voiceless poem, a poem is a vocal picture". The hieratic art of this volume is an evocation of the Chinese proverb in its powerful lines and in its tranquil sunyata of minimal art. It has been translated into English for the first time. It is of interest to scholars of Buddhist art, thought, social life, and hagiography.