I’ve read several book references about the Buddha’s journey of life.
I found several differences in it, such as the words added to make it different from what is written in several other books.
Based on my experience, I’ve seen a video about Buddha, although the addition of the vignettes in the video answered most of my questions and seemed reasonable. However, after I confirmed with one of the monks who master the tipitaka. He said this was not written in the tipitaka. And he said ‘If an untruth is believed then it is possible that the untruth will become the truth in the end’.
So, I beg if you have any references to the tipitaka about the journey of the Buddha’s life, either in Pali or English, if you can share it with me.
I apologize if my grammar and diction are not quite right.
I have carefully read this book. I cannot find any reason why the enlightened one immediately met Alara Kalama and Udaka Ramaputta, when he entered the forest. can you give me a reference, directly from tipitaka?
I have read in one of the other books, that after the buddha parted ways with the kanthaka and entered the forest he saw ascetics torturing themselves, he knew that was not the way to attain enlightenment. But why did he still undergo self-torture in the end before attaining enlightenment? is there any reference about this in tipitaka?
and I’m not clear why he practuce self-torture before the enlightment according to this book ‘the life of buddha written by bhikkhu nanamoli’, please explain to me
Because he wasn’t enlightened. He didn’t know what he was doing, so he tried following what others around were doing. These practices were common in the ascetic communities, and there was a large body of theory behind them.
Only in the Apadāna, regarded by modern scholarship as a very late addition to the Tipitaka. There the Bodhisatta’s ignorance of the uselessness of self-torture is claimed to be the effect of his having spoken slightingly of a past Buddha, Kassapa.
I’m not sure where you are getting the exact timeline from. I don’t think any of the suttas or stories indicate that he walked past his first tree in the forest and bumped into Alara Kalama. They were just the first people he worked with that were recorded.
Even taking into account the fact that some parts of the Buddha’s biography is found in the suttas and other parts are only found in commentaries, it’s important that we don’t expect every detail of his life to be recorded. That’s just not how things work. Even if you were to tell the story of your own life, you wouldn’t give a minute by minute account. You tell the important parts. Just because you don’t record anything between the important parts doesn’t mean that no time passed in the interval.