Look Inside

Eugene Watson Burlingame: Buddhist Legends (Set of 3 Volumes)

FREE Delivery
Delivery Usually ships in 3 days
Item Code: UBJ037
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass International, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2023
ISBN: 9789392510021
Pages: 1105
Other Details 9.50 X 6.50 inch
Weight 1.80 kg
Fully insured
Fully insured
Shipped to 153 countries
Shipped to 153 countries
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
More than 1M+ customers worldwide
100% Made in India
100% Made in India
23 years in business
23 years in business
Book Description

1. Legendary life of the Buddha

1 a. Birth amid rejoicing of angels. The legends and stories of this collection assume a knowledge on the part of the reader of at least the principal facts and legends of the life of the Buddha as set forth in the Sacred Scriptures. The Buddha was born in 563 B.C. and died in 489. His father was Suddhodana, king of the Sakiya clan in Kapila- vatthu, and his mother was Queen Mäyä, daughter of the king of the neighboring Koliya clan. He was born in the Lumbini Garden near Kapilavatthu, his mother standing upright at his birth and supporting herself by a branch of a Sal-tree. In the Nalaka Sutta of the Sutta Nipata, one of the oldest of old Buddhist books, we read that at his birth the angels rejoiced and sang. The aged seer Asita asked them, "Why doth the company of angels rejoice?" They replied, "He that shall become Buddha is born in the village of the Sakiyas for the welfare and happiness of mankind; therefore are we joyful and exceeding glad."

1 b. The Buddhist Simeon. Asita went to Suddhodana's resi dence and said, "Where is the child? I too wish to see him." The Sakiyas showed him the child. When Asita saw the child, he rejoiced and was exceeding glad. And he took him in his arms and said, Incomparable is he! preeminent among men!" But remembering his own departure, he became sorrowful and wept tears. Said the Sakiyas, "Is any adversity in store for the child?" "No," replied Asita, "this child shall attain Supreme Enlightenment; he shall be hold Nibbäna; out of love and compassion for the multitude he shall set in motion the Wheel of the Law; far and wide shall his Religion be dispersed. But as for me, I have not long to live in this world; ere these things shall come to pass, death will be upon me. I shall not hear the Law from the Peerless Champion. Therefore am I stricken with woe, overwhelmed with sorrow, afflicted with grief."

1 c. Youth and marriage. When the child was five days old, he was named Siddhattha. Seven Brahmans prophesied that he would become either a Universal Monarch or a Buddha. But the eighth, Kondañña, perceiving that the child possessed the Infallible Signs of a Future Buddha, prophesied that he would become a Buddha. On the same day each of eighty thousand kinsmen dedicated a son to his service. Seven days after his birth his mother died, and he was reared by his aunt and stepmother, Maha Pajapati Gotami. In his nineteenth year he was married to his own cousin Yasodhara, daughter of Suddhodana. He passed his youth amid luxury and splendor, in three mansions appropriate to the three seasons, surrounded by forty thousand nautch-girls, like a very god surrounded by troops of celestial nymphs. In his twenty-ninth year he beheld the Four Ominous Sights: an Old Man, a Sick Man, a Corpse, and a Monk. Thereupon he resolved to become a monk.

Book's Contents and Sample Pages 1 d. Resolve to seek after Nibbana. At this time word was brought to him that his wife had given birth to a son. "Rahula is born!" he exclaimed, "a Bond is born!" Therefore his son was named Rahula.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q. What locations do you deliver to ?
    A. Exotic India delivers orders to all countries having diplomatic relations with India.
  • Q. Do you offer free shipping ?
    A. Exotic India offers free shipping on all orders of value of $30 USD or more.
  • Q. Can I return the book?
    A. All returns must be postmarked within seven (7) days of the delivery date. All returned items must be in new and unused condition, with all original tags and labels attached. To know more please view our return policy
  • Q. Do you offer express shipping ?
    A. Yes, we do have a chargeable express shipping facility available. You can select express shipping while checking out on the website.
  • Q. I accidentally entered wrong delivery address, can I change the address ?
    A. Delivery addresses can only be changed only incase the order has not been shipped yet. Incase of an address change, you can reach us at [email protected]
  • Q. How do I track my order ?
    A. You can track your orders simply entering your order number through here or through your past orders if you are signed in on the website.
  • Q. How can I cancel an order ?
    A. An order can only be cancelled if it has not been shipped. To cancel an order, kindly reach out to us through [email protected].
Add a review
Have A Question

For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Book Categories