10 Inspirational Stories About Buddha
Buddha is a figure with deep roots in the history of humanity. Like all figures that have been around for a long time, he’s been handed down through generations and each generation has its own take on Buddha.
One thing most people agree on is his importance as a spiritual leader and teacher, with many stories about him being passed down from generation to generation. In this article, we explore the life of Buddha and his teachings through 10 inspirational stories about Buddha.
The Buddha and his story!
Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal in the 6th century BC. His father was King Suddhodana, leader of the Shakya tribe, one of the tribes that lived in the foothills of the Himalayas. Buddha’s mother was Maya Devi, who died just after giving birth to him. When he was born, Buddha was recognized by a sage as the person who would be a ‘world teacher’ and ‘enlighten’ all living beings.
His father began planning his life to ensure that he would not be tempted to leave his home and family and become a wandering ascetic, by arranging marriages and other connections for him and by having him educated at home.
Buddha’s father died when he was 29 and Buddha became king of the Shakya tribe. At age 30, Buddha married and ruled over the tribe for 25 years, which included a period of peace and prosperity.
After his son Rahula was born, Buddha began to feel that something was missing in his life. He felt that there must be more to life than material wealth and worldly pleasures. His father had taught him that there were other ways to live;
The Buddha and his teachings
Buddha, the spiritual teacher who lived in India in the 5th century BCE, is an important figure in Buddhism. He was born Siddhartha Gautama, and he is often called the Enlightened One.
Buddha’s father wanted him to be a king, so he shielded him from seeing the world’s suffering. But after the death of his father, Buddha ventured out into the world. He was horrified by what he discovered and he resolved to teach others to escape suffering.
Buddha taught that life is full of suffering because desire causes attachment. The way to end suffering is through enlightenment or realizing that everything is transitory and without an inherent self.
The Buddha and love
The Buddha’s teachings are contradictory, but the central message was that life is suffering. There is no happiness in life because of the impermanence of everything. One story tells of Buddha being visited by a woman who was grieving the death of her son. The woman said she had heard Buddha speak about the impermanence of life and asked him why he had not mentioned anything about love. Buddha had no answer for her.
Buddha was visited by a monk who had left his wife and children. The monk asked Buddha if his departure was justified if he could be absolved of his sins for leaving without them. Buddha had no answer for him either.
**** “Love is an important aspect of life that Buddha does not seem to mention. This is not to say that Buddhism is without love, but rather that there are few references to love in his teachings”.
The Buddha and social justice
In one version of the story, a female dog named Sujata gave a bowl of milk rice to Buddha. As she was walking away, Buddha called her back and asked her to share the food with all the other animals, too. This is the first instance of Buddha showing compassion for animals.
Later, when Buddha was on his deathbed, he told his followers not to be sad. He said it happens to everyone and that they should just try to lead a better life.
Buddha’s teachings weren’t just for humans—he showed equal compassion to all living beings.
The Buddha and self-acceptance
In the wake of the Buddha’s teachings, it is said that he spent the last 45 years of his life preaching from a deer park in Northern India. His followers were a mixed group of people from different backgrounds and social statuses. One day, a follower approached the Buddha and expressed his confusion about the teachings.
The follower said, “Blessed One, I have been a monk for many years and I have done many good deeds. Why, then, am I still poor, afflicted with illness, and subject to death?”
The Buddha responded, “Do you think you are only one person who is poor? There are many people in this world who are poor. Do you think you are the only person who is afflicted with illness? There are many people in this world who are afflicted with illness.
Do you think you are the only person who is subject to death? There are many people in this world who are subject to death. Even if you were the only person in the world who was poor, afflicted with illness, and subject to death, would that be something to worry about?”
After hearing these words, the follower was said to have become enlightened.
The Buddha and freedom from desire
A story is told of a time when a large gathering of monks became so engrossed in a discussion of the Dharma that they failed to notice the arrival of a new visitor. The visitor was not offended that his arrival had been ignored for it had been many years since he had been in a company of monks.
The visitor asked the monks, “In your discussions have you been discussing the Dharma?” The monks admitted they had not been discussing the Dharma themselves but they were discussing something else. The visitor then told them of an incident in his life when he had been a monk and a woman came to him and begged him to follow her.
The woman said she wanted to show him something and he said she should show him what she wanted him to see.
The woman then undid her sari and revealed her breasts. The visitor was no longer interested in seeing what she wanted to show him and he said, “You have not shown me what you want to show me.”
The woman then undid her sari and revealed her private parts. Again the visitor said, “You have not shown me what you want to show me.”
The Buddha and freedom from anger !!
One of the most important teachings from Buddha is the release from anger. The story goes that one day Buddha’s mother asked her son to stop meditating in the hot sun so much and teach her his teachings. Buddha replied, “I will not stop my practice, mother, but I will explain the four truths to you.”
He continued his explanation but his mother was angry and angry people can’t be taught. Buddha’s mother was so angry that she created many illusions to misguide her son. Buddha was angry, too, and he used his angry energy to defeat the illusions.
However, when he saw how angry he was, Buddha said, “I see that anger is like this; it has no real substance; it is like a mirage or a dream.” And he said, “I will not give up my anger, mother, but I will take care of it.”
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