The Story of Upali (as told by Ven. Narada in The Buddha and His teachings)
On one occasion Upali the millionaire, a follower of Nigantha Nataputta, approached the Buddha and was so pleased with the...
Crossing the Wilderness
While the Buddha was staying at Jetavana Monastery near Savatthi, the wealthy banker, Anathapindika, went one day to pay his respects. His servants carried masses of flowers, perfume, butter, oil, honey, molasses,...
I Am Awake
When the Buddha started to wander around India shortly after his enlightenment, he encountered several men who recognized him to be a very extraordinary being.
They asked him, "Are you a god?"
What matters more, the results of your actions or the spirit with which you perform them?
The Brave Little Parrot -- A Jataka Tale
Once, long ago, the Buddha was born as a little parrot. One...
Even the Buddha can't escape his Karma.
The massacre of the Sakya clansmen
Before the advent of Sakyamuni Buddha, there was near Kapila town a village inhabited by fishermen, and in it was a big pond....
What is your essential nature?
The Old Man and the Scorpion
One morning, after he had finished his meditation, the old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion...
How quickly do you need to attain liberation? A day? A year? A lifetime? Many lifetimes?
What is more important, being on the path, or actually obtaining liberation?
The Tamarind Tree
One bright and cool summer day...