Life of lord Buddha: compiled by Monk Pao-ch' eng from Chinese sutras and illustrated in woodcuts in the ming period
his Life of Lord Buddha is a reproduction of the Shih-chia ju-lai ying-hua shih-chi, a collection of important episodes in the life of Lord Buddha, cited from different Sutras translated into Chinese from the 3rd to the 13th century. The citations are illustrated on opposite pages, so that the pious could visualise the Dharma of the Tathagata. They are `Visual Dharma'. The Chinese has been translated into English. It was compiled by monk Pao-ch `eng during the Ming period. It was revised by Prince Yung-shan the grand the nephew of Emperor K`ang-hsi. He had new woodcuts done in 1787-93. The landscape, buildings, persons, city layouts, gardens, etc. are styled as was done in the 18th century. The simple lines, athirst for the beauty of the beyond, were to deepen the spiritual tone. A Chinese proverb says: a picture is a voiceless poem, a poem is a vocal picture. The hieratic art of this volume is an evocation of the Chinese proverb in its powerful lines and in its tranquil sunyata of minimal art. It has been translated into English for the first time. It is of interest to scholars of Buddhist art, thought, social life, and hagiography.;Contents: Introduction; 1.Salvation by the Buddha of the Sakyas; 2. Buddhas of the past; 3. He buys flowers and offers them to the Buddha; 4. He is reborn in the Tusita heaven; 5. Story of Gautama Kama-Sakya; 6. King Suddhodana; 7. The dream of Maya; 8. He was born under a tree; 9. The child is taken to a garden in the city; 10. Prediction of the ascetic Asita; 11. Amnesty and bounties; 12. The child is brought up by his maternal aunt; 13. Presentation of the child at the temple of the gods; 14. Sports in the park; 15. Study at school; 16. Study of military arts and of practical sciences; 17. Coronation of the prince; 18. He contemplates on the working of farmers; 19. Athletic competition; 19bis Episode of the elephant; 20. Marriage of Siddhartha; 21. Life in pleasures; 22.Voice in the sky; 23. The dream of King Suddhodana; 24. Meeting an old man; 25. Meeting a sick man; 26. Meeting a corpse; 27. Meeting a monk; 28. Dreams of Yasodhara; 29. He announces that he is going to depart; 30.Evasion at midnight; 31. He cuts his hair; 32. He is separated from Channa; 33. Channa returns to the palace; 34. Siddhartha consults the rsis of the forest; 35. Invitation to return; 36. He meets the two rsi's at a loss; 37. Six years of austerities; 38. The father sends him provisions; 39. Two cowherdesses give him milk; 40. Bath in the Nairanjana river; 41. Devas and nagas wait upon him; 42. He sits at the foot of the tree; 43. Indra provides him grass; 44. A nagaraja praises him; 45. Under the tree; 46. Dreams of Mara; 47. The son of Mara reproves his father; 48. The daughters of Mara try to seduce Siddhartha; 49. Mara attacks Siddhartha; 50. Mara and the jug; 51. The Spirit of the Earth bears testimony; 52. Son of Mara intercedes for his father; 53. End of the struggle; 54. Enlightenment; 55. The devas congratulate him; 56. The great Dharma of the Avatamsaka; 57. Seven more days under the tree; 58. A naga protects the Buddha; 59. Another incident under the tree; 60. Four kings of directions offer the bowl to the Buddha; 61. Two merchants offer food to the Buddha; 62. Brahma persuades the Buddha to preach; 63. Beginning of the active life of the Buddha; 64. Conversion of brahmin Purna; 65. Conversion of Katyayana rsi; 66. Conversion of the ferryman of the Ganga; 67. Conversion of Yasas; 68. Victory over the Fire-Nsga; 69. The intercepted river; 70. Another fireworshipper; 71. Donation of Venuvana; 72. New disciples; 73. Conversion of Mahakasyapa; 74. An odious calumny; 75. The Buddha is requested to revisit his land; 76. The Buddha recognises his son; 77. He pulled out his cousin Ananda from the world; 78. Rahula renounces the world; 79. Sudatta visits the Buddha; ;80. The ground of Jetavana is covered with gold; 81. Guhya reprimanded; 82. A fish with a hundred heads; 83. Candraprabha exhorts his father Srigupta; 84. The poisoned meal of Srigupta; 85. The Buddha converts Wu-nao; 86. Victory over six heterodox teachers; 87. Attempt to kill the Buddha with a sword; 88. The Buddha saves nirgranthas; 89. Institution of altars for initiation; 90. Promulgation of the precepts; 91. The aunt of lord Buddha asks to be received as a nun; 92. Conversion of the daughter of Bhadra Kapila; 93. The Buddha visits his place of birth; 94. Sermon of the Buddha to his father; 95. The Buddha multiplies himself in his image; 96.Conversion of several Sakyas; 97. Victory over the raksasas and nagas; 98. Conversion of the courtesans; 99. Indra milks a cow for Ananda; 100. Victory over intoxicated elephants; 101. Devadatta attempts on the life of the Buddha; 102. The Buddha converts Ruci; 103. A poor man visits the Buddha; 104. An old man is received as a monk; 105. An ugly lady is beautified; 106. An aggrieved queen in consoled; 107. A parrot-king invites the Buddha; 108. Conversion of a wicked buffalo; 109. A dog barks at the Buddha; 110. The child born in fire; 111. Effect of the appearance of the Buddha; 112. Several persons are saved by a woman; 113. The child of a blind beggar; 114. The old slave; 115. Sudatta persuades his friend to invite the Buddha; 116. Feast given to the Buddha for filial piety; 117. A brahmin gets into debt to feast the Buddha; 118. An old beggar meets the Buddha; 119. The Buddha decides as to what is the worst of evils; 120. The Buddha decides as to what is the highest happiness; 121. Opinion of the Buddha on sacrifices; 122. Conversion of a butcher; 123. Conversion of fishermen; 124. Conversion of hunters; 125. Transformation of a monster; 126. Conversion of brigands; 127. Admission of a pariah; 128. Origin of offering food to starving pretas; 129. Maudgalyayana helps his mother; 130. The Buddha saves a child; 131.Vajrapani invites the Buddha; 132. Hariti searches her child; 133. Offering of a little dust; 134. Effect of aspersions; 135. Offering of flowers; 136. The lamp that could not be extinguished; 137. Offering of a banner; 138. Offering of cloth; 139. Buddha's robe saves the nagas;;140. Dharani against all evils; 141. Mahakarunika-dharani; 142. Prediction to the naga-kings Nanda and Upananda; 143. Great assembly of devas and nagas; 144. The Buddha praises Ksitigarbha; 145. Advice to King Jnanaprabha; 146. Discourse of Vimalakirti on malady; 147. Manjusri visits Vimalakirti; 148. Act of contrition; 149. Discourse on Mount Lanka; 150. The three degrees of purification; 151. Surangama-sutra; 152. The true void of prajna; 153. Recommendations to King Prasenajit; 154. Saddharma-pundarika-sutra; 155. Illness of King Suddhodana; 156. Death of King Suddhodana; 157. Funeral of King Suddhodana; 158. The Buddha saves the Sakyas; 159. The Buddha preaches to his mother; 160. The first image of the Buddha; 161. Rite of washing the image of the Buddha; 162. Nirvana and cremation of Prajapati; 163. Mara urges the Buddha to go into nirvana; 164. The Buddha removes a rock; 165. Instructions for the distribution of his relics; 166. The Buddha recommends his Dharma to the devas; 167.The Buddha recommends his Dharma to the nagas; 168. The Buddha refuses to live any longer; 169. Lamentations of the devas and the nagas; 170. Accord with Mara and Siva; 171. The last meal offerd by Cunda; 172. Subhadra the last convert; 173. The dharani of Vajrasattva; 174. Prophecies; 175. The last exhortation; 176. The last advice; 177. The Buddha arranges his funeral; 178. Instructions about the stupa; 179. Preliminaries of extinction; 180. Nirvana in the sala grove; 181. Mourning of Vajrapani; 182. Dreams of the mother of the Buddha; 183. Anuruddha informs the mother of the Buddha; 184. Maya weeps on the coffin of her son; 185. The Buddha rises up from his coffin; 186. The immobile coffin; 187. The coffin is transported; 188. The Buddha exposes his feet; 189. The fire could not be kindled; 190. The holy fire burns by itself; 191. Distribution of the relics; 192. Codification of the discourses of the Buddha; 193. The stupas of King Asoka; 194. The pearls of Asoka; 195. Kasyapa transmits the patriarchate to Ananda; 196.Nirvana of the Great Kasyapa;197. Sanavasika assumes the patriarchate; 198. Talent of Upagupta; 199. Buddhamitra takes up the standard; 200. Asvaghosa; 201. Nagarjuna; 202. Kanadeva; 203. Asanga and Vasubandhu; 204. The cult of the Sixteen Arhats; 205. The Ten Kings; 206. The deva protectors of Dharma; 207. Simha and Vasistha; 208. Bodhidharma departs for China; 208a. Dream of the Chinese Emperor; Index;
ISBN 13: 9788177420906
ISBN 10: 8177420909
Pages etc.: viii,460p., ind., 43cm.
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