Great Disciples of the Buddha - Table of Contents

Their Lives, Their Works, Their Legacy


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Editor’s Introduction           

1. Sāriputta: The Marshal of the Dhamma        


The Quest for the Dhamma   
Early Life       
The Original Aspiration       
Sāriputta in the Jātakas       

Sāriputta the Man     
The Chief Disciple    
The Helper    
The Unresentful       
Friendships and Relatives   
The Meditator          

The Turner of the Wheel       
The Suttas     
Expository Works     
The Abhidhamma    

The Further Shore     
The Last Debt Paid
Cunda Sutta  
Ukkacelā Sutta          

Discourses of Sāriputta         
Majjhima Nikāya      
Dīgha Nikāya
Aṅguttara Nikāya     
Saṁyutta Nikāya      

2. Mahāmoggallāna: Master of Psychic Powers           

Wandering and Spiritual Search    

Finding the Dhamma           
The Struggle for Realization of the Teaching        
The Most Excellent Pair of Disciples          

Moggallāna’s Psychic Powers          
Penetration of Others’ Minds (Thought Reading)           
The Divine Ear (Clairaudience)
The Divine Eye (Clairvoyance)       
Travel by Mind-Made Body (Astral Travel)          
Telekinesis (Supernormal Locomotion)    
The Power of Transformation        

Moggallāna’s Previous Lives            
Moggallāna’s Verses            

The Last Days of Moggallāna           

Moggallāna’s Death  

3. Mahākassapa: Father of the Sangha   

Kassapa’s Early Years         
Bhaddā Kapilānī      
The Saṁsāric Background  
How Kassapa Came to the Buddha            
Kassapa’s Relationship to the Buddha      
Encounters with Deities      
Relations with Fellow Monks          
After the Buddha’s Parinibbāna    
The Verses of Mahākassapa           

4. Ānanda: Guardian of the Dhamma

Ānanda’s Personal Path      
Ānanda’s Renown    
The Buddha’s Attendant     
The Guardian of the Dhamma        
Ānanda’s Attitude Toward Women           
Ānanda and His Fellow Monks       
Conversations with the Buddha     

Ānanda’s Former Lives         
Jātaka 498    
Jātaka 421    
Jātaka 282    

The Last Days of the Buddha         
After the Buddha’s Parinibbāna    

 5. Anuruddha: Master of the Divine Eye           

Early Life and Ordination   
The Struggle for Arahantship         
Anuruddha’s Spiritual Path            
Life in the Sangha    
Anuruddha and Women     
Anuruddha’s Earlier Lives  
The Buddha’s Parinibbāna and Afterward          

6. Mahākaccāna: Master of Doctrinal Exposition        

The Saṁsāric Background  
Kaccāna’s Conversion to the Dhamma      
Various Incidents     

The Elaborator of Brief Statements

Majjhima Nikāya      
Saṁyutta Nikāya      
Aṅguttara Nikāya                

Other Teachings of Mahākaccāna  

The Theragāthā Verses        
The Exegetical Treatises     

7. Great Women Disciples of the Buddha          

Visākhā: The Buddha’s Chief Patroness    
Mallikā: The Flower-girl Queen      
Khemā of Great Wisdom     
Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā: The Debating Ascetic        
Kisāgotamī: The Mother with the Dead Child      
Soṇā with Many Children   
Nandā: The Buddha’s Half-sister   
Queen Sāmāvat
ī: Embodiment of Loving-kindness         
Paṭācārā: Preserver of the Vinaya

Ambapālī: The Generous Courtesan          
Sirimā and Uttarā    
Isidāsī: A Journey through Saṁsāra          

8. Aṅgulimāla: A Murderer’s Road to Sainthood

The Making of a Serial Killer          
Aṅgulimāla Becomes a Monk          
“Born with the Noble Birth”           
Aṅgulimāla’s Verses

9. Anāthapiṇḍika: The Buddha’s Chief Patron

Anāthapiṇḍika Becomes a Disciple            
The Wealthy Patron            
Anāthapiṇḍika’s Family       
Anāthapiṇḍika and His Friends      
Discourses by the Blessed One       
The Death of Anāthapiṇḍika          

10. Shorter Lives of the Disciples          

The Householder Citta        
The Bhikkhu Citta    
Father and Mother Nakula