COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 7f. PART I: THE BUDDHA | CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA | Conception, birth and early life


Chief Editor: Venerable Brahmapundit Editor: Peter Harvey Translators: Tamás Agócs, Peter Harvey | Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa | P.D. Premasiri G.A Somaratne | Venerable Thich Tue Sy PART I: THE BUDDHA  CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA Conception, birth and early life L.8 Going forth This passage is on the start of Gotama’s life of renunciation and…

COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 7e. PART I: THE BUDDHA | CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA | Conception, birth and early life


Chief Editor: Venerable Brahmapundit Editor: Peter Harvey Translators: Tamás Agócs, Peter Harvey | Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa | P.D. Premasiri G.A Somaratne | Venerable Thich Tue Sy PART I: THE BUDDHA  CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA Conception, birth and early life The quest for awakening L.7 The nobel search In this passage, the Buddha describes the…

COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 7d. PART I: THE BUDDHA | CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA | Conception, birth and early life


Chief Editor: Venerable Brahmapundit Editor: Peter Harvey Translators: Tamás Agócs, Peter Harvey | Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa | P.D. Premasiri G.A Somaratne | Venerable Thich Tue Sy PART I: THE BUDDHA  CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA Conception, birth and early life L.4 Gotama’s family This passage refers to the Buddha’s son, who later ordained as a…

COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 7c. PART I: THE BUDDHA | CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA | Conception, birth and early life


Chief Editor: Venerable Brahmapundit Editor: Peter Harvey Translators: Tamás Agócs, Peter Harvey | Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa | P.D. Premasiri G.A Somaratne | Venerable Thich Tue Sy PART I: THE BUDDHA  CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA Conception, birth and early life L.3    Parents Here an awakened monk names the Buddha’s parents, with the Buddha’s father…

COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 7b. PART I: THE BUDDHA | CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA | Conception, birth and early life


Chief Editor: Venerable Brahmapundit Editor: Peter Harvey Translators: Tamás Agócs, Peter Harvey | Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa | P.D. Premasiri G.A Somaratne | Venerable Thich Tue Sy PART I: THE BUDDHA  CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA Conception, birth and early life L.2    Prediction of his future greatness This passage tells of how the gods informed…

COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 7a. PART I: THE BUDDHA | CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA | Conception, birth and early life


Chief Editor: Venerable Brahmapundit Editor: Peter Harvey Translators: Tamás Agócs, Peter Harvey | Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa | P.D. Premasiri G.A Somaratne | Venerable Thich Tue Sy PART I: THE BUDDHA  CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF THE HISTORICAL BUDDHA Conception, birth and early life L.1 The wondrous birth of a great being Here the Buddha addresses Ānanda, the disciple…

COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 6. Introduction to the selections from Vajrayāna Buddhism


Chief Editor: Venerable Brahmapundit Editor: Peter Harvey Translators: Tamás Agócs, Peter Harvey | Dharmacārī Śraddhāpa | P.D. Premasiri G.A Somaratne | Venerable Thich Tue Sy Introduction to the selections from Vajrayāna Buddhism Tamás Agócs 1. The passages marked ‘V.’ in this book represent the textual tradition of Vajrayāna Buddhism. Vajrayāna emerged as a distinctive school…

COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 5. Introduction to the selections from Mahāyāna Buddhism


1. The passages marked ‘M.’ in this book represent the textual tradition of Mahāyāna Buddhism. Unlike Theravāda, Mahāyāna does not represent one particular school or associated monastic fraternity. Rather, it is a broad movement encompassing many different schools and approaches, which developed expressions of the Buddha’s teachings centred on compassion and wisdom. Mahāyāna sūtras began…

COMMON BUDDHIST TEXT: GUIDANCE AND INSIGHT FROM THE BUDDHA: 4. Introduction to the selections from Theravāda Buddhism


Introduction to the selections from Theravāda Buddhism 1 The passages marked ‘Th.’ in this book represent the textual tradition of the Theravāda school of Buddhism. The canonical literature of the Theravāda school is preserved in the Pāli language, which in its present form cannot be entirely identified with any known ancient spoken language of India,…