The illustrated life of the
Heaven to descend and become
dreams a white elephant
enters her side during the conception.
Suddhodana and the Brahmin soothsayers
examines the newborn
explains that the
Bodhisatta meditates during his father's
Bodhisatta uses his arching skills to win his future wife
Bodhisatta sees the
4 signs: An old,
sick & dead man and a calm wandering recluse.
Bodhisatta observes his dancing girls & realizes the vanity and
depravity of luxury.
He decides to leave his wife and newborn son
and become a wandering recluse.
He leaves his palace at night on his horse
followed by his driver
He crosses the river
cuts his topknot, throws it up, where
then strives and starves himself for six years without result.
5 leaves him.
offers the last milk-rice meal on the morning of his Enlightenment.
throws the plate into the river
Mahākāla hears it.
higher powers he sees the
rebirth of beings and recalls all his
He is indifferent to the temptations of
3 daughters: Rāga,
banyan tree Buddha spent a
week cross-legged in
Sahampati requests the
to open the doors to
King Mucalinda protects the fasting
in 3rd week after enlightenment.
after having spoken the
Abhidhamma to the assembled
explains the true
Dhamma to the many beings for their long-term welfare.
compassionately attends to the sick and dying to guide them through it.
visits his home and his former wife
in the city of
He meets his father the
There he brings his son
Sangha, who ordains him.
He shows his half brother
the beauty of the divine nymphs & ordains him as monk.
dispels the manifold
doubts of many of the elder Brahmin chiefs.
He realizes that his long prepared mission has finally been completed &
He deliberately accepts some accidentally poisoned food from
gets very sick.
Soon after the Lord
dies and attains
Parinibbāna in the small town of
BBC Video series on the Life of
The Life of Buddha Part 1:
The Life of Buddha Part 2:
The Life of Buddha Part 3:
The Life of Buddha Part 4:
The Life of Buddha Part 5:
More on the Buddha:
The 2 Best Book sources on the life of the Buddha are:
1: The story of Gotama Buddha. Tr. by N.A. Jayawickrama, Pali
Text Society 1990.
2: Life of the Buddha according to the Pali Canon. Translated by: Bhikkhu Nanamoli
Thanx for the nice pictures kindly forwarded
by our friend Rohitha Samarakoon