Author: Bhikkhu PesalaTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Bhikkhu PesalaPublisher: Motilal BanarsidassYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 114ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788120808935
The Milinda Panha is, with good reason, a famous work of Buddhist literature, probably compiled in the first century B.C. It presents Buddhist doctrine in a very attractive and memorable form as a dialogue between a Bactrian Greek king, Milinda, who plays the `Devil`s Advocate` and a Buddhist sage, Nagasena. The topics covered include most of those questions commonly asked by Westerners such as "If there is no soul, what is it that is reborn'" and "If there is no soul, who is talking to you now?" This abridgement provides a concise presentation of this master-piece of Buddhist literature. This abridgement provides a concise presentation of this masterpiece of Buddhist literature. The introduction outlines the historical background against which the dialogues took place, indicating the meeting of two great cultures--that of ancient Greece and the Buddhism of the Indus valley which was a legacy of the great Emperor Asoka. It is hoped that the adequate references, glossary, index and list of Pali quotations will provide readers with an incentive to read further from the translations of the Pali texts.
Foreword by Series EditorForewordEditor’s PrefaceMilinda’s IndiaIntroductionThe Rise of the Magadha KingdomThe Rise of the Bactrian KingdomComparison with the Chinese TextThe Arrangement of the Pali BookAbbreviationsTHE DEBATE OF KING MILINDAPrologueTHE GREAT CHAPTERA question of ConceptsTHE LONG JOURNEYContinuity of DhammaSUSTAINED APPLICATIONBeginning the JourneyNIBBANASeparation of PhenomenaTHE BUDDHADid the Buddha Exist?MINDFULNESSAttachment to the BodyMENTALITY IS HARD TO DISCERNMemoryTHE RESOLUTION OF PARADOXESPreliminary Discussion1. On Honours Paid to the Buddha2. The Omniscience of the Buddha3. Devadatta’s Ordination4. Causes of Earthquakes5. Asseveration of Truth6. The Paradox of Conception7. The Duration of the Religion8. Purity of the Buddha9. Perfection of the Buddha10. Equanimity of the BuddhaTHE SCHISM CHAPTER11. The Minor and Lesser Precepts12. The Esoteric Teaching13. The Fear of Death14. Protection from Death15. The Power of Mara16. Knowledge of Wrong Doing17. The Buddha is Not Order18. The Unity of the OrderTHE DISMISSAL CHAPTER19. Dhamma is Best20. The Compassion of the Buddha21. The Modesty of the Buddha22. The Buddha’s Perfect Speech23. The Talking Tree24. The Last Meal25. Adoration of Relics26. The Buddha’s Foot is Injured27. The True Recluse28. The Boasting of the Buddha29. Who Deserves Punishment?30. Dismissal of the OrderTHE OMNISCIENCE CHAPTER31. The Murder of Moggallana32. Secrecy of the Vinaya33. Intentional Lying34. Investigations of the Bodhisatta35. On Suicide36. Protection by Loving-kindness37. Why Did Devadatta Prosper?38. The Weakness of Women39. Venerable Ananda’s Courage40. The Buddha’s Change of HeartTHE DWELLING PLACE CHAPTER41. On Dwelling Places42. Restraint of the Stomach43. The Best of Men44. The Ancient Path45. The Bodhisatta’s Weakness46. Respect for the Robe47. The Merit of the Potter48. King or Brahman?49. Right Livelihood50. The Reluctance of the Buddha51. The Buddha’s TeachersQUESTIONS SOLVED BY INFERENCE1. Two Buddhas Cannot Exist Together2. Gifts to the Order3. The Advantage of a Recluse’s Life4. The Practice of Austeroties5. Reverting to Laylife6. The Mastery of the Crimes7. The Unvirtuous8. Is Water Alive?9. Is Water Alive?THE IMPEDIMENTS CHAPTER10. Be Without Impediments11. The Lay Arahant12. The Offences of Arahants13. What is Not Found in the World14. The Uncaused15. Modes of Production16. Demons17. Laying Down of Rules18. The Heart of the Sun19. The Winter SunTHE VESSANTARA CHAPTER20. The Gift of Vessantara21. Austerities22. The Power of Evil23. Sharing of Merit24. Dreams25. Premature Death26. Miracles at Shrines of Arahants27. Can Everyone Understand the Dhamma?28. The Bliss of Nibbana29. Description of Nibbana30. The Realisation of Nibbana31. Where is Nibbana?THE INFERENCE CHAPTER32. A Question Solved by Inference33. The Ascetic PracticesTHE SIMILES1. The Donkey2. The Cockerel4. The Female Panther 7. The Bamboo 10. The Monkey 12. The Lotus 20. The Ocean 21. The Earth 22. Water 27. The Moon 30. The Universal Monarch 35. The Mongoose 40. The Elephant 46. The Indian Crane 47. The Bat 48. The Leech 50. The Rock Snake 60. The Carpenter 61. The WaterpotBiographyGlossaryQuotationsIndex