The Ten Great Disciples of the Buddha

This gap is all the more glaring because thevery measure of the Buddha’s success as a spiritual teacher is to bedetermined by his skill in training his disciples. The canonical verse ofhomage to the Buddha hails him as “the unsurpassed trainer of personsto be tamed,” and thus the acid test for the validity of this claim mustbe the mettle of the men and women who submitted to his guidance…

Gotama Buddha By Nakamura Hajime

My central concern in this volume is to elucidate how Gotama Buddha, or Sakyamuni Buddha, the historical figure revered as the teacher of humankind, lived his life and taught his doctrine.


The book deals with the demythologized person of the great sage, with the age in which he lived and with the political and social conditions which made his mission possible and permitted its success.