Around two thousand six hundred years ago in Kapilvastu, Limbini, now the southern part of Nepal, a genius prince named Siddhartha was born as a child of king Suddhodana and queen Mayadevi.
He was predicted that he would either become an emperor or renounce the world for a great spiritual destiny.The king had no interest in seeing his son wander off into the forest in the pursuit of spiritual perfection. He ordered his ministers not to expose the prince to any form of tragedy or allow him to lack anything he desired. Siddhartha remained away from any glimpse of misery and suffering, growing up unaware of the reality of the outside world.
Prince Siddhartha was a gifted child. He received the best education, he excelled in sports and physical exploits, and he was the best archer. He had a quick, clear intellect combined with tenderness.Though he was young he used to think a lot about spirituality and humanity. Siddhartha married to Yashodhara at the age of nineteen and the couple had a son, Rahula.
Siddhartha was now twenty-nine but the questions of his youth were still in his head. Does life have a purpose? Is there nothing more to hope for than a few friends, a loving family and some memories to savor before one goes? Siddhartha managed to convince his father to agree to a day outside the walls of his states. The king made sure the city was ready: not a single poor, no one sick, no one unhappy was to be present along the prince's route. Despite these efforts,the young prince caught sight of a decrepit old man, diseased man, a dead man, and a monk.
He saw perilous situation in the human society where there was poverty, suffering, and illness. Siddhartha deliberately consider finding out the path to liberate the downtrodden people with the weapon of the wisdom. He resolved to attain such wisdom though the supreme meditation, which he underwent for six years. He revealed that the cause of suffering is the ignorance. He was now the Buddha"he who is awake"and he now understood the way to that realm of being which decay and death can never touch: nirvana.
He did not pretend to be a god or that the gods were speaking through him. He walked from town to town, accompanied by his disciples. His teachings are purely ethical; he only cared about human conduct, nothing about ritual, worship, metaphysics or theology. He denounced the notion of sacrificing to the gods, and looked with horror upon the slaughter of animals for these rites. His message is to be kind to all creatures.
After teaching for forty-five years, he went to nirvana at the age of eighty. Today Buddha's doctrine is profound, practical and useful for all the sentient beings.
|The Wheel and Deer Emblem||2|
|The Precious Wheel||2|
|Chamaru (Fly Whisk)||5|
|Bhikshapatra (Begging Bowl)||10|
|Mani (Prayer Wheel)||10|
|Dadar (Divination Arrow)||12|
|Dhowja (Prayer Flag)||12|
|Triratna (Three Jewels)||15|
|Ra-Dung Or Dung Chhen||18|
|Lingam (Shiva Linga)||20|
|Mayurpiccha (Feather of Peacock)||25|
|Peepal Tree (Ashvattha in Sanskrit)||29|
|Seven Offerings Bowls||32|
|The Chakravarti and His Seven Precious Posessions||34|
|The Precious Jewel (Manitara)||35|
|The Precious Queen (Striratna)||36|
|The Precious Minister (Mantriratna)||37|
|The Precious Horse (Asvaratna||38|
|The Precious Elephant (Hastiratna)||39|
|The Precious General (Senapatiratna||40|
|Stupa of the Conquest of Mara||41|
|Stupa of Heaped Lotuses||42|
|Stupa of Many Doors or Gates||43|
|Stupa of Great Miracles||44|
|Stupa of Descend from the God Realm||45|
|Stupa of Reconciliation||46|
|Stupa of Complete Victory||47|
|Stpa of Nirvana||48|
|Design of Stup||49|
|The Dharma king sronstsen Gompo||56|
|H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama||58|
|H.H. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa||60|
|Goddess of Himalayan||78|
|Je Tsonkhapa (Sumatikriti)||86|
|Rama (Rama, Sita and Laxman)||95|
|Hand Gestures Holding Bajra||114|
|Hand Gestures Holding Bajra and Bajra Kila||115|
|Hand Gestures with Finger Position||116|
|Hand Gestures with Finger Position||117|
|Hand Gestures Holding Tantrik Objects and Texts||118|
|Posture or Gesture||119|
|Leg Gestures with Different Position||121|
|Shankha (Conch Shell)||123|
|A Right Whorled Conch-Shell||125|
|Fine Green Grass||125|
|White Mustard Seed||126|
|Medicinal Concretion from the Brain of Elephant||126|
Item Code: NAP414 Author: Mukhiya N. Lama and Mingyur T. Lama Cover: Paperback Edition: 2014 Publisher: Vajra Books, Nepal ISBN: 9789937623223 Language: English Size: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch Pages: 130 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 160 gms