Quotes and Stories


The Buddha as a Parent

The Buddha as a Parent by Gil Fronsdal Most contemporary Buddhists know that Prince Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be, left his family in search of liberation on the day his son, Rahula, was born. Many have been perplexed, sometimes outraged, at such a seemingly irresponsible act. What is less well-known, though, is […]


How the Buddha Converted an Ascetic to the Buddha-Dharma before His Parinirvana

  While the Mallas were paying their last respects to the Buddha, a wandering ascetic named Subhadra heard that the Buddha was to attain final nirvana that very night. Knowing that it is hard to meet the Buddha, Subhadra hurried to see him in order to resolve his doubts about […]


8 Expedient Ways to Attain Buddhahood as Expounded in the Lotus Sutra

8 Expedient Ways to Attain Buddhahood as Expounded in the Lotus Sutra There is only one Buddhahood but immeasurable gateways to attain the same goal. In Chapter 2: Expedient Methods, the Buddha declares that all his teachings, be it early, middle or latter teachings, derive from the One Buddha-Vehicle. This […]