The Buddha’s Closest Family Member – Rahula

Rahula - the Buddha's Son

Rahula – the Buddha’s Son

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Rahula was very naughty as a young child, and would occasionally lie to people, and play tricks on them. The Buddha told many stories to Rahula in an attempt to teach him and through this continuous and patient educational process, Rahula finally developed the strength of character to admit that his behaviour had been incorrect. After realising the extent of his bad behaviour, Rahula felt a sense of shame and disgrace. At one time Rahula used to rush to overtake senior Bhikshus on the way to the toilet. At night he would often go to sleep first, before the elder Bhikshus had settled.  On another occasion, Rahula claimed that bandits had attacked him on the road, and injured his head, but there was no witnesses to this incident. Although Rahula was the Buddha’s son – the Buddha taught that all sentient beings are equal with no difference existing between them whatsoever. Therefore, for the Buddha, there was no difference between Rahula and all sentient beings – and no difference between all sentient beings and Rahula. The Buddha made a point of teaching all beings with equal attention. As a consequence of this effort, Rahula attained Arhatship whilst still in his early twenties.

Original Chinese Language Source Text:

http://www.zhibeidy.com/2011/0418/3159_6.php

密行第一 —— 罗侯罗

 罗候罗小时候很调皮,偶尔会说谎捉弄人,佛陀讲了许多故事来教导他,最后他才勇于认错。改过认错之后的罗候罗很能忍辱,有一次,被年长比丘赶到厕所中睡觉,仍然一点都不埋怨别人。又有一次,在路上受流氓攻击,头破血流,他忍气吞声,并没有与对方计较。

 罗候罗虽然是佛陀的独子,但在佛陀的教法中,众生一律平等,佛陀视众生如罗候罗,视罗候罗如众生。在佛陀的谆谆教诲下,罗候罗于二十出头的年纪就证得阿罗汉果 。

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