The illustrated life of the Lord
The Devās request the Bodhisatta
Heaven to descend and become a Buddha.
dreams a white elephant
enters her side during the conception.
and the Brahmin soothsayers examines
the newborn Bodhisatta.
The Seer Kāladevala
also called Asita
explains that the Bodhisatta
will become Buddha.
meditates during his father's plowing
uses his arching skills to win his future wife Yasodharā
sees the 4
signs: An old, sick & dead man and a calm wandering
observes his dancing girls & realizes the vanity and depravity
He decides to leave his wife
and newborn son Rāhula
and become a wandering recluse.
leaves his palace at night on his horse Kanthaka
followed by his driver Channa.
He crosses the river Anomā,
cuts his topknot, throws it up, where Sakka
then strives and starves himself for six years without result. The
5 leaves him.
The maiden Sujātā
offers the last milk-rice meal on the morning of his
throws the plate into the river Nerañjarā,
Gaining the 6
higher powers he sees the rebirth
of beings and recalls all his prior
He is indifferent to the temptations of
3 daughters: Rāga,
Tanhā and Aratī.
Under the Ajapala-nigrodha banyan tree
Buddha spent a week cross-legged in Jhāna
The Mahābrahmā Sahampati
requests the Buddha
to open the doors to Deathlessness...
protects the fasting Buddha
in 3rd week after enlightenment.
Descending in Sankassa
after having spoken the Abhidhamma
to the assembled Devās.
explains the true Dhamma
to the many beings for their long-term welfare.
attends to the sick and dying to guide them through it.
visits his home and his former wife Yasodharā
in the city of Kapilavatthu.
He meets his father the Sākyan
There he brings his son Rāhula
to the Sangha,
who ordains him. Rāhula
He shows his half brother Nanda
the beauty of the divine nymphs & ordains him as
dispels the manifold doubts
of many of the elder Brahmin chiefs.
on the full-moon
He realizes that his long prepared
mission has finally been completed & renounces
He deliberately accepts some
accidentally poisoned food from Cunda
& gets very sick.
Soon after the Lord Buddha
dies and attains Parinibbāna
in the small town of Kusinārā.
BBC Video series on the Life of
The Life of Buddha Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WiswuYO1cE
Life of Buddha Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlZmbjqLPCU
Life of Buddha Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcD9O_E-xec
Life of Buddha Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xuE53jhlXk
Life of Buddha Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ypFmNfPLng
More on the
The 2 Best Book sources on the life of
the Buddha are:
1: The story of Gotama Buddha. Tr.
by N.A. Jayawickrama, Pali Text Society 1990.
Life of the Buddha according to the Pali Canon. Translated
by: Bhikkhu Nanamoli
Thanx for the nice pictures kindly
forwarded by our friend Rohitha Samarakoon.
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