Warriors of Peace : The Life of the Buddha
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We have all seen images of the Buddha, legs crossed, eyes lowered. There is a decisive energy in his half smile. But who was the man who became the Buddha? What is his story, and how does it relate to us? Warrior of Peace is a poetic and rousing account of the Buddha's life story. Bringing together the strands of history, fact, traditional oral legend and symbolic myth, Jinananda shows us how the Buddha's dramatic story is a mirror of our own search for meaning.
British Library Paperback ISBN: 1 899579 32 X ebook ISBN: 978-1-909314-47-4 Windhorse Publications would be pleased to hear about your reading experience with this ebook at: email@example.com References to Internet web sites (URLs) were accurate at the time of writing. Neither the author nor Windhorse Publications is responsible for URLs that may have expired or changed since the manuscript was prepared. CONTENTS Acknowledgements Introduction: The Secret of an Ancient Smile 1
Gotama explored the deepest recesses of physical pain and self-denial, and the ecstasy that they engendered, just as in his youth he had relished all the sensual luxury the world had to offer, and just as more recently he had explored the highest reaches of meditative bliss. Could this be the answer – could this twisted road be the means by which he might throw off the attachment that had tailed his every move? He persisted with it doggedly, but however hard he punished each flicker of desire as
anything to be astonished at. ‘Yes,’ he gasped, his eyes widening, ‘How did I miss this before? Everything that is subject to origination is subject to cessation. Nothing is fixed. There is no limit to the possibility of change, of growth. Of course. All those questions – and the answer – were in these very stones at my feet.’ And at once he went down on his knees before his teacher. The friends looked at one another and shook their heads, mystified. It was not as if Gotama had convinced wily
brought him to the brink of Enlightenment. And his death also poignantly confirmed that he was right to seize the opportunity to realize the truth there and then, for he could not be sure that he would get another. Apart from an attendant, the Buddha had nothing his followers did not have, except, it seems, a slightly longer robe, so that he was discreetly but quite easily recognizable. (We know this because the Buddha’s half-brother, Nanda, is recorded as having got into trouble with the
details of daily life such as when to eat, how to behave with the laity, what to sleep on, and what to own and wear. A lot of unnecessary and superficial mental activity could be thereby put to one side. However, the Order was by no means homogeneous. It consisted of a great many separate and often rather isolated and independent communities, even individuals living on their own, and they assembled only once every six years. They came together not so much to receive instruction from the Buddha,