This book is unique in its approach. As it details the background stories of those chief disciples of the Buddha, it gradually weaves together an amazing world where true yogis lived and walked together on the path to the deathless state.
Bringing to life the recounts of some of the more inspirational moments of these well-practiced meditators, what comes through these pages is the wisdom that they lived by, and the compassion in which they interacted with the world around them.
A very different perspective on the Buddha and the world around him, this book is truly inspirational to any of you whom might be serious meditators and are pulled towards the liberation that awaits beyond.
This book saves everybody a lot of searching around. It covers the main Disciples of the Buddha plus a number of Disciples not particularly well known in the Buddhist Lay Community, every Monastic I know who has read it, applauds it.
People who can fly, walk on water, multiply themselves or have x-ray vision are usually associated with comic books. According to Buddhist teachings, these powers are accessible to those who can perfect their concentration. Apart from including biographies of some individuals credited with the above sorts of psychic abilities, it also has equally gripping accounts of the more ordinary aspects of these and many other disciples of the Buddha most of whom became enlightened. It is thus an account of the principal individuals after the Buddha who were supposed to have finished everything that needs accomplishing with no further burdens or debts to pay having gained superknowledge. The book includes several self contained short biographies, mainly by the Germans Helmuth Hecker and the late Ven Nanyaponika. It is sadly short on details on the great female disciples. Perhaps more room can be created later. A must for anyone inspired by Buddhism and the potentiality of the human mind for lasting freedom.
Excellent and extensive scholarship Excellent arrangement - all the stories relating to each character brought together in one place to give a rounded picture of each one and the relationships between them.. Full range of disciples, main disciples, monks, nuns, lay people male and female. Vital teachings about the Dharma that can only really be told in life stories. Magnificent