The sole purpose of this page is to point out the statues at the Temple with a brief description related to Buddha Life. For guests and younger Khmer generation to better understand.
LIFE OF BUDDHA
Some two thousand five hundred fifty years ago, Queen Mahamaya of Kapilavatthu kingdom gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini park, modern Nepal. Immediately upon his birth, he stood up and took seven steps, a lotus flower blossomed under his foot at each step.
Siddhartha mean “wish fulfilled”. The Brahmin Kondanna prophecies prince Siddhartha will one day abandon his lavish and luxurious life in the palace, and go in search of the truth and become a Supremely Enlightened Buddha. As a prince Siddhartha received royal education, also special training in the art of warfare. One day he convinced his charioteer to take him outside the wall of his palace and he was shocked to see the sight of an old age, the sickness, the death, and monk.
In the silence of the night, Prince Siddhartha left the palace without waking anyone. He left the capital riding his very understanding horse Kanthaka. Only Chandaka followed him.
Siddhartha arrived at the bank of the Anoma River. The prince took off the precious dress and order Chandaka to take Kandaka back to Kapilavatthu and tell the King what had happended. At 29 years old he left the Kingdom and family to become a Sramana in order to conquer all the pain and suffering of mankind.
Siddhartha praticed a wide variety of special forms of asceticism, then he began to reduce his diet until at the point, he wasn't eat anything. He became so thin, yet a hard pratice didn't discourage him one bit. One day while he was meditating alone, he fainted. A goat-herd boy was pass by and offering him goat's milk, Siddhartha regain consciousness felt better afterwards.
One morning a woman named Sujata cooked a pot of rice milk porridge and brought it over as an offering to Siddhartha. The noble woman said " I wish you success in your aspiration".
Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and vowed that he would not leave that spot until he had attained enlightenment. On the full moon day of the Visakha month Siddhartha Gautama Of the Sakya Clan, at the age of thirty-five, attained supreme enligtenment and became the Buddha under the Bodhi tree by the bank of the Nairanjana River. Since then the world has possessed a shining lamp.
These phantoms distracted Siddhartha's mind, enticing him to linger on the pleasures of the past. He resisted these temptations with forceful mental effort and finally he succeeded
Buddha began to speak: Sramanas! I have attained the truth of Nirvana of the unborn and undying, I want to expound and introduce it to you. If you learn and pratice it according to my direction you will soon be enlightened, not in the future, but in the present life or even in the present moment. I tell you nothing, but the truth that you must trancend birth and death by yourselves.
Devadatta plan was to set loose the wild elephant Nalagiri, in order to kill Buddha on the road, which Buddha took when he went out for alms at Rajagrha. However, when the wild elephant approached Buddha, it failed to act as Devadatta had expected, But on the contrary, became calm, for it was tamed by Buddha's enormous compassion
Buddha the perfectly enlightened one, at the age of eighty, entered the Mahaparinivana in the last
watch of the night of the full moon day of the Visakha month. The brilliant lamp was extinguished! But the lamp of Dharma, that is, the Buddha's teaching, exists forever and will carry thousands and thousands of people in our world across the stream of life and death to Nirvana.
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