The Life of Buddha – by Andre Ferdinand Herold

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THE LIFE OF BUDDHA
According to the Legends of Ancient India
By
A. FERDINAND HEROLD
Translated from the French by
PAUL C. BLUM
Decorations by Mac Hershberger

Original Title: La Vie du Bouddha, by André Ferdinand Hérold, Paris, Édition d’Art, H. Piazza [1922], Translation by Paul C. Bloom, New York, A. & C. Boni, [1927]. The copyright on the translation was notrenewed.

Scanned at sacred-texts.com, March 2007. Proofed and Formatted by John Bruno Hare. This text is in thepublic domain in the United States because the original book it was translated prior to January 1st, 1923, and the copyright on the translation was not renewed in a timely fashion as required by law at the time. These files may be used for any non-commercial purpose provided this notice of attribution is left intact in all copies.

The cover – PDF file
Table of Contents – PDF file
Foreword – PDF file

PART ONE – PDF file
1. KING SUDDHODANA AND QUEEN MAYA
2. MAYA’S DREAM
3. THE BIRTH OF SIDDHARTHA
4. ASITA’S PREDICTION
5. SIDDHARTHA AT THE TEMPLE
6. SIDDHARTHA’S FIRST MEDITATION
7. THE MARRIAGE OF SIDDHARTHA
8. SIDDHARTHA LEADS A LIFE OF PLEASURE
9. THE THREE ENCOUNTERS
10. GOPA’S DREAM
11. SIDDHARTHA IS EAGER TO KNOW THE GREAT TRUTHS
12. SIDDHARTHA LEAVES HIS FATHER’S PALACE
13. SIDDHARTHA THE HERMIT
14. GOPA AND SUDDHODANA GRIEVE
15. THE DOCTRINE OF ARATA KALAMA
16. SIDDHARTHA AND KING VIMBASARA
17. SIDDHARTHA DESERTED BY HIS FIRST DISCIPLES
18. SIDDHARTHA UNDER THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
19. MARA’S DEFEAT
20. SIDDHARTHA BECOMES THE BUDDHA

PART TWO – PDF file
1. TRAPUSHA AND BHALLIKA
2. THE BUDDHA IS PREPARED TO PREACH THE DOCTRINE
3. THE BUDDHA LEAVES FOR BENARES
4. THE BUDDHA FINDS HIS FORMER DISCIPLES
5. THE STORY OF THE HERMIT AND THE HARE
6. THE STORY OF PADMAKA
7. THE BUDDHA AT THE BAMBOO GROVE
8. SARIPUTRA AND MAUDGALYAYANA
9. THE BUDDHA PACIFIES THE MALCONTENTS OF RAJAGRIHA
10. SUDDHODANA SENDS MESSENGERS TO HIS SON
11. THE STORY OF THE CRANE AND THE FISH
12. THE STORY OF VISVANTARA
13. THE STORY OF DHARMAPALA
14. GOPA’S GREAT VIRTUE
15. NANDA RENOUNCES ROYALTY
16. THE BUDDHA LEAVES KAPILAVASTU
17. ANATHAPINDIKA’S OFFERING
18. THE NEW DISCIPLES
19. NANDA’S PRIDE
20. THE DEATH OF SUDDHODANA

PART THREE – PDF file
1. MAHAPRAJAPATI IS ADMITTED TO THE COMMUNITY
2. THE BUDDHA EXPOSES THE IMPOSTERS
3. SUPRABHA
4. VIRUPA
5. SINCA’S DECEIT
6. THE BUDDHA TAMES A WILD BUFFALO
7. DISSENSION AMONG THE MONKS
8. KUVALAYA THE DANCER
9. THE GOD ALAVAKA DEFEATED BY THE BUDDHA
10. DEVADATTA EXPELLED FROM THE COMMUNITY
11. AJATASATRU’S TREACHERY
12. THE DEATH OF DEVADATTA
13. PRASENAJIT AND AJATASATRU
14. THE BUDDHA TEACHES THE DOCTRINE
15. THE BUDDHA AND THE SHEPHERD
16. THE BUDDHA INSTRUCTS THE MONKS OF VAISALI
17. THE MEAL AT CUNDA’S
18. THE BUDDHA ENTERS NIRVANA

FOREWORD
This Life of Buddha is not a work of fiction, and I think it would be well to mention the books, both ancient and modern, which I have most frequently consulted. I have, for the most part, relied upon the LALITA-VISTARA. This book is a jumbled collection of legends and scholastic dissertations, and yet in these pages are preserved many precious traditions regarding the Buddha’s origin, his childhood and his youth, and here, likewise, we are told of his early education and of his first deeds. I have also made great use of an excellent poem, the BUDDHACARITA of Asvaghosa. In a few of the chapters I have repeated the lines almost word for word. The text of the BUDDHACARITA was edited by E. B. Cowell.In the Life, I have interpolated several JATAKAS. These are stories in which the Buddha recalls his former lives. Some of them will be found in a vast collection, the AVADANASATAKA.Two modern books: LE BOUDDHA, by H. Oldenberg, translated by A. Foucher, and the HISTOIRE DU BOUDDHISME DANS L’INDE, byH. Kern, translated by Gédéon Huet, have also been very useful to me; as well as other works that have appeared in scientific reviews. Thus, for the touching story of Visvantara, I am indebted to a sogdian version published by R. Gauthiot in the JOURNAL ASIATIQUE.Finally, I would be guilty of the deepest ingratitude if I did not publicly thank my old friend Sylvain Lévi for his generous and kindly advice.And may the reader find of interest this marvellous story of Prince Siddhartha who, through meditation, was able to attain supreme wisdom.

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