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THE ANCIENT STORY OF NAMO BUDDHA

THE ANCIENT STORY OF NAMO BUDDHA

A long time in the past, many immeasurable eons ago, our teacher the perfect Buddha was practicing on the path of learning. Below is the story of how he was overcome with compassion when he saw a tigress tormented by starvation and offered his body to her without a moment’s hesitation. In the distant past, there lived in his world a king named great Charioteer (Shingta Chenpo) who rule over a small kingdom of some five thousand subjects. Due to the king’s accumulation of merit, all his subjects enjoyed happiness and wellbeing rains come at the night time while crops and livestock flourished. The king had three sons: The eldest was named Dra Chenpo (great sound),The second was Lha chempo(great deity) and last one was Semchen chempo(great Mind). Powerful in the martial arts and radiating confidence, the two elder sons always helped the king in governing the kingdom. From his earliest year, the youngest son,great mind was very bright and endowed with spontaneous kindness and compassion. He gave freely and generously to others as if to his only child.

One day when the weather was fine, the king along with his Queen, soons,and ministers left the town for a relaxing time in the country. The king and queen rode upon an elephant while the soons, ministers, and retinue were mounted on beautiful horses. After half a day ride,they arrived at a place of thick wooded forest with different many birds song where nearby blossomed a tapestry of flowers in rich variety. The king was pleased with the scenery and ordered a large encampment to be prepared for everyone’s enjoyment. The servant immediately unpacked everything, set up tens, and laid out a hearth of stone for cooking. Soon the ground was covered with tents as clouds billowed in the sky above. The servants bustled about, preparing a variety of foods and offering tea and liquor to everyone. Than the young people began to sing,dance and play transforming watched the entertainment while enjoying an eighteen course meal accompanied by wine and sake.

Then the three princesses, in the full flush of their youth, picked up their bows and arrows and headed for the forest. As they walked along, they noticed a din in the dens woods. They crept up to it and saw inside a tigress sleeping beside her cubs. Great sound and great deity laid arrows on their bows,making ready to kill the tigress, but the great mind stopped his brothers, saying that killing was completely wrong. When he looked into the cave again, Great mind noticed that the tigress was not able to move,she has just given birth and she also feared that if she left to hunt for food, another animal might harm her cubs. Tormented by hunger, she lay on the ground unable even to lift her head. Great mind was moved to tear with compassion that arose from the depths of his heart. He ask his brothers, “what kind of food would save the tigress and her cubs?” They responded, “This kind of red Indian tiger eats the warm flesh and blood of a recent kill. So if you want to help her and the cubs, you must find flesh and blood that are fresh. Great mind thought for a moment : “It s indeed true that to save the tigress and her cubs, warm flesh and blood are needed. But then I would have to kill another living being, and that would mean killing one to save another. What else can I do? He thought, for an long while but did not find a solution. Then his brothers said, “we came out here to have a good time. Its pointless to worry about this tigress and her cubs.It’s time to return to our parents.”And so they left.

As he followed his brothers back to the encampment , Great mind thought, for a long time, I have been cycling in samsara, wasting countless lives, sometimes due to exercise desire, sometimes aversion  and sometimes ignorance. I have rarely meet such an opportunity to accumulate merit. What real use is this body if not for the Dharma? Finally he decided , This time I must be truly generous.    

Before he had gone very far with his brothers, he he said to them, “Brothers, you two go on ahead, I have something to take care of and will catch up with you soon.” He took the path to the tigress’s den, quickening his pace. When he found the collapsed tigress, she was so exhausted that could not even open her mouth. Great Mind reached out his hand to touch her face, but she was so weakened she could not even bare her fangs. So the prince sharpened a splinter from a near by tree and cut his body to draw blood, which he allowed the tigress to lick. Not long after, she opened her jaws and stood up. With a roar, she pounced on the prince and devoured him. The two brothers waited a long time, but the youngest presence did not come, so they set out to find him. Reflecting on what he had said earlier, they had no doubt that he had returned to the tigress’s den. When they arrived and looked inside, there was nothing left of their brother but blood, bones and bit of clothes. The tigress had consumed him. At this sight, Great sound and Great deity immediately lost consciousness; it was a long time before they recovered their senses. They collect all the clothes of their brothers and sobbing with deep sadness, set out for their parent’s encampment.

During this time, the queen was taking a nap and in a dream saw doves flying high in the sky. As they fluttered around, a hawk struck and carried off the smallest one. Waking in terror, the queen immediately related her dream to the king. He replied, Hearing your story, I believe the three doves are our three sons. I am sure that something dreadful has happened to him, so saying, the king immediately sent out servants to look everywhere for his son. Soon the two princess arrived and the king asked, Did something bad happen to my beloved son? Do you have any news? Choked with sadness, the two were unable to speak or even breathe for a while. Finally they sighed deeply and told their parents that the tigress had consumed Great Mind. Upon hearing this terrible news, the queen fainted right away. The king too was overwhelmed with immense sadness and tormented by sorrow. After a long while and with profound sighs, the two princes, the king, and the queen rushed to the palace where the youngest prince had died. When they arrived at the opening at the den, what met their eyes were the bones and rivulets of blood left behind by the tigress. The queen recoiled, overcome with sobbing and did not recover for a long while. Meanwhile, the prince had been reborn as Great Courage. He wondered, “what did I do to be reborn here in the celestial realm of Tushita?” Through his divine eye, he thoughly examined the five realms. Great Courage saw that, gathered around the bone fragments he had left behind, were his parents and two brothers. They were sunk in lamentation and completely miserable. He though, “My parents are experiencing such unhappiness, it could threaten their very lives. To lighten their spirits, I will go talk to them. He descended from space to the lofty sky and spoke words of encouragement to comfort his parents. I am the prince Great Mind. After giving my body in generosity to the starving tigress, I was reborn in the celestial realm of Tushita.” With tears in their eyes, the king and queen said, “ Son you who are like our very heart, offering your body to the tigress was certainly most praiseworthy. But whom can we tell of our suffering in missing you. Great Courage replied, “please do not be unhappy. The end of birth is disintegration, and the end of gathering is separation. No one can transcend this for it is the nature of things. It is the same for everyone. If you perform evil actions, you will fall in to the hell realms, If you perform virtuous actions, you will be reborn in the higher realms. Therefore, definitely meet in a celestial realm.” After a few more word he disappeared. The king and queen become a little happier and made the commitment to pursue virtuous activity. They created a small casket covered with seven kids of jewels in which they laid the bones of their son and a stupa was built over the place in which it was buried. So I would like to request visit this holy site one time in your life. Massif Holidays organize this trip any time around the year. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information about the trip. We are always ready to design your holidays trip in Nepal.

 

 

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