The Buddha’s life

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2006.

Prince Siddhartha

  • Story of the Buddha’s life before he left the palace

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 1, 1-4 (download)

The mendicant

  • Continuing the story of the Buddha’s life
  • Renounce dukkha of cyclic existence

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 1, 2-4 (download)

Enlightenment

  • Attaining enlightenment
  • Buddha’s first teaching
  • What it means to renounce cyclic existence

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 1, 3-4 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Good karma to benefit from Buddha’s teachings
  • Different ways of seeing the Buddha in Theravada and Mahayana tradition
  • Buddha’s companions contributing to his enlightenment
  • Omniscience
  • Enlightenment: in this lifetime, or three countless great eons

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 1, 4-4 (download)

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