The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

the parable of the poisoned arrow

The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow is one of the Buddha’s most famous parables which is contained in the Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta (aka The Shorter Instructions to Malunkya) which is part of the middle length discourses called the “Mjjhima Nikaya”. A Monk’s Unanswered Questions The sutta (or sutra in the Sanskrit language) takes place in a monastery garden named Jetavana where the monk named Malunkyaputta becomes troubled by the fact that the Buddha replies with silence to his questions about the nature of the universe. He then meets with the Buddha and demands the answers … Continue reading

Alara Kamala – Buddha’s Teacher

Alara Kamala

Alara Kamala – Buddha’s Teacher The Buddha was born to a King and Queen in ancient India and was raised in such a way as to shield him from the suffering of life.  At his birth, a seer predicted that he would either become a great king or a holy man so the King and Queen went to great lengths to ensure that he would become the King and continue the family dynasty. Despite all of their efforts, Siddhartha managed to convince his charioteer to let him see the outside world. On these chariot rides, he saw an old man, … Continue reading

The Death of the Buddha

The Death of the Buddha After his enlightenment sitting under a tree at Bodhgaya, the Buddha went on to teach for an additional 45 years before his death.  In this article, I’ll be covering the events and the cause of his death according to modern science based on accounts found in the Buddhist sutras. The main source for the events surrounding the death of the Buddha is the Mahaparanibbana Sutta which belongs to the Pali canon. The Buddha died at approximately 483BC, at the age of 80 in the city of Kusinara (present-day Kushinagar). Buddha’s Last Meal Three months before … Continue reading

Karma What It Is, What It Isn’t , Why It Matters

karma what it is what it isnt why it matters

Karma What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters Book Title: Karma: What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters Author: Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche Publisher: Shambhala Year Published: 2015 Pages: 160 Paperback Price: $11.27 Kindle Price: $9.99   Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche (1955-2012) was born in eastern Tibet and was the ninth incarnation of the Traleg Tulku line. He was educated by many great Buddhist philosophers of all four of the main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also the founder of the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute in Australia where he was a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to Australia.  … Continue reading

Buddha’s Birthday 2016

buddha's birthday 2016

Buddha’s Birthday 2016 Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini (modern-day Nepal) around the year 563 BC and was raised in Kapilavastu.  There are a number of interesting legends that have grown up around the birth of the Buddha which are rich in symbolism.  The majority of these legends and symbolic stories emerged during the first several hundred years after the death (or Parinirvana) of the Buddha. Siddhartha’s father was King Suddhodhana who was the leader of the Shakya (some scholars spell it Sakya) clan and his mother was Queen Maya who was the King’s consort and cousin. Queen Maya’s … Continue reading