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Suddhodana[ edit ] King Sudhodana and his court Much of the information on Suddhodana comes from Buddhist legend and scripture. He is believed to be a leader of the Shakya clan, who lived within the state of Kosala, on the northern border of Ancient India. Although in Buddhist literature he is said to be a hereditary monarch, he is now believed to have been an elected head of a tribal confederacy.
Suddhodana's father was Sinahana. Suddhodana was said to be greatly troubled by the departure of his son and is reported in Buddhist scriptures to have sent 10, messengers to plead with Gautama to return.
After the Buddha preached the dharma to the messengers, they were all ordained into the sangha. Later a friend of Suddhodana named Kaludayi invited the Buddha to return, at the request of Suddhodana. The Buddha also preached the dharma to him and shubhansu was later ordained as a monk. After this request from his father Gautama returned to his father's kingdom where he preached dharma to him. Gautama later returned again to his father's kingdom to see his father's death.
Suddhodana became an arahant. Gandharard century CE. Maya was the mother of the Buddha and was from the Koliyan clan. Maya was born in Devadahain ancient Nepal. She was married to her cousin King Suddhodana, who ruled in the kingdom of Kapilavastu. In Buddhist texts, a white elephant was said to have entered her side during a dream.
When she awoke she found that she was pregnant. As it was traditional to give birth in the homeland of the father, Queen Maya journeyed to Devadaha. However she was forced to give birth en route, in the Lumbini grove.
It is said that the Devas presided over the birth and that two streams, one cool and one hot, flowed down from the heavens. Maya died seven days after the birth of her son, whom she had named Siddhartha or "he who achieves his aim. He joined the sangha as a child. He was ordained along with Aniruddha and Bhadra. His father was the brother of King Suddhodana.
Ananda later became the attendant of Buddhaalmost twenty years after the Buddha's enlightenmentwhen the Buddha was around The Buddha had many private discourses with, including one on the nature of bhikkhunis. Ananda also helped to found the order of nuns or bhikkhunis.
He pleaded with the Buddha to allow women to enter the sangha. The Buddha finally agreed to allow women to be ordained, after many refusals on condition they obey 8 rules governing respect for the monks garudhamma. Ananda was also present at the death of the Buddha. The Buddha is reputed to have told Ananda, that he could live for the remainder of the eon and that Ananda could ask for this. However Ananda did not understand the Buddha's words and did not ask for he was deaf in both ears.
The Buddha was then visited by Marawho tried to persuade the Buddha to pass away. But the Buddha told him that the time was already right, as he had accomplished his task: At the house of Cunda the Buddha asked for food to be served.
Hard and soft food was served to the Buddha's disciples but the Buddha was served some poisoned food. He later died after many days of pain and sickness. However, The Buddha instructed Ananda to convince Cunda that the meal eaten at his place had nothing to do with his passing and that his meal would be a source of the greatest merit as it provided the last meal for a Buddha.
After the Buddha's death, at the 1st council convened by Mahakashyapa at Rajarha, Ananda was asked to recite all of the suttas he could remember. It is from this that he popularly is known as "Pre-eminent in remembering.
Sanakavasa had been trained by Ananda. Ananda then decided to row into the middle of the river Ganges to attain nirvana as the countries of Magadha and Vaisaliwho occupied the banks were at war. Both countries called at Ananda to come to their bank but Ananda refused.
After Ananda's death Vaisali and Magadha ceased their war. Devadatta[ edit ] Devadatta was the maternal first cousin or in some accounts paternal first cousin of the Buddha. For a time, Devadatta was highly respected among the sangha. Shariputra is said to have sung the praises of Devadatta in Rajagaha. After some time, Devadatta developed siddhis and his intention is said to have been corrupted. After gaining these siddhis, Devadatta attempted to kill the Buddha on several occasions, commonly thought to be motivated by jealousy of the Buddha's power.
He is reported to have rolled a boulder toward the Buddha, piercing his flesh, and to have incited an elephant to charge at the Buddha. Devadatta then attempted to split the sangha into two, with one faction led by himself and the other by the Buddha. However, this attempt failed as all of his converts returned to the Buddha's sangha. Devadatta was reputedly remorseful toward the Buddha late in life. He is reported to have walked to the monastery where the Buddha was staying to apologize to him but, as a result of bad karmahe was swallowed up into the earth and reborn in Avici before he could ask for forgiveness.
Nanda was to be married to a princess named Janapadakalyani but abandoned her to join the sangha. Nanda persevered and became an arhat. She was married to King Suddhodana with her elder sister Mahamaya or Mayadevi.
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When her sister died after the birth of Siddartha Gautama she took Siddartha into her care. She also gave birth to a son, Nanda, to King Suddodhana.
When she found him, she petitioned the Buddha, through Ananda, to allow women to enter the sangha as bhikkhuni. After many refusals, the Buddha finally agreed to allow women to enter the sangha as long as they accepted eight additional vinaya. A bhikkhuni must always pay respect to bhikkhus A bhikkhuni must spend the varsa retreat in a retreat where bhikkhus are staying Bhikkhunis must ask bhikkhus to give them official teachings twice a month Bhikkhunis must perform the end of varsa ceremony in front of bhikkhunis and bhikkhus Serious breaches of the vinaya must be dealt with by bhikkhus and bhikkhunis Once a trainee has completed her training, she must ask both the bhikkhus and bhikkhunis for ordination Bhikkhunis are not to abuse bhikkhus Bhikkhus may criticize bhikkhunis regarding disciplinary mattersbut bhikkhunis may not criticize bhikkhus.
Maha Pajapati is said to have given the Buddha a robe made of fine cloth. The Buddha refused it, saying it was too elaborate and would cause the sangha to degenerate. Later Maha Pajapati became an arahant. Good work mobirise team.