Life of the Buddha


During Phra Mick’s visit in Penang… Kean Beng Tan helped him obtain this beautiful ‘Life of the Buddha’ pictorial book from Dhammikarama Burmese temple.  The Abbot was extremely kind to me and this book was donated by the monastery’s gift shop.

Sadhu!  Sadhu!  Sadhu!

Life of Buddha






Life of Buddha (2)

SUMEDHA, the wise man inherited a vast fortune from his parents who left them upon their deaths. Realizing the unsatisfactoriness he gave away his fortune and became an ascetic in the forest. He soon gained mastery in meditation and was well known for his supernormal powers.



Life of Buddha (4)When ascetic Sumedha knew of the coming of Dipankara Buddha to the city of Rammavati, he took part in preparing the road for the Buddha. He was still repairing it when the Buddha arrived but he was determined to complete it by prostrating himself into the muddy hollow, in fulfillment of his vow to become a Buddha. Beside him was a young lady named Sumitta bearing eight stalks of lotus flowers. She gave the Ascetic five stalks and kept for herself three stalks for her own aspiration.  When the Buddha Dipankara saw this, He omnisciently declared the Ascetic Sumedha a future Buddha, while He stated that the aspiring young lady Sumitta would be his constant companion and helpmate.



Life of Buddha (6)The Devas (Gods) imploring the Bodhisatta Santussita Deva (whose real name was Setaketu) in Tusita heaven to be reborn on earth to become a Buddha. He accepted their request after viewing the Five Great Considerations (Panca Maha Vilokana); which are appropriate time, Island-continent, country, clan and life-span of mother.



Life of Buddha (8)At Lumbini Park in Nepal, on Vesakha Full Moon Day, the newly born Prince walked seven steps on the lotus flowers and pointing to the North said, “AGGOHAM ASMI LOKASSA” meaning “Chief Am I in this world”. The birth of this baby Prince brought great joy to his royal parents, King Suddhodana and Queen Maha Maya as well as all beings!



Life of Buddha (10)The marriage of Prince Siddhattha and Princess Yasodhara (whose real name was BaddaCancana ) took place at the Golden Palace which was presented by his father, King Suddhodana. It was a luxurious palace full of comforts of life . The celebration lasted many days.



Life of Buddha (12)During his visit to the Royal park, Prince Siddhattha saw the Four Great Signs, namely — an old man, a sick man, a corpse and a serene mendicant. These made the Prince to realize the unsatisfactoriness of life and urged him to ponder deeply about renunciation.



Life of Buddha (14)Mara (the Evil One), with his host tried without success to prevent Prince Siddhattha from his Great Renunciation at midnight . Prince Siddhattha was riding on Kanthaka his fovourite stallion and followed by Channa his loyal charioteer. Mara said that if the prince did not proceed on his renunciation, he would become a Universal Monarch on the seventh day.



Life of Buddha (16)Prince Siddhattha cut off his hair to renounce the worldly life at the bank of the Anoma River. Ghatikara Maha Brahma presented the Monk’s Eight Requisites to Ascetic Siddhattha, who commanded his charioteer Channa to take his royal chattels back to the palace.
His hair was received by Sakka, King of Gods and enshirned in CULAMANI CETI (pagoda) in his celestial abode in TAVATIMSA. Similarly, Ghatikara Maha Brahma bore his princely clothes to his higher celestial abode, Akanittha and enshrined them in the pagoda known as DUSSA CETI.



Life of Buddha (18)The ascetic Bodhisatta spent six years practising austerity and meditation with steadfastness as well as earnestness, prior to his attainment. Even though he was reduced to a mere skeleton, he did not give up practising.



Life of Buddha (20)The Bodhisatta was sitting on a Golden Throne under a Bodhi tree and being challenged by Mara (the Evil One) riding on the ferocious elephant Girimekhala. Mara with host tried to capture the Golen Throne just before the Bodhistta’s Enlightenment.



Life of Buddha (22)On Vesakha Full Moon day, Bodhisatta Siddhattha seated under a Bodhi tree at Gaya, attained Supreme Enlightement. On the first watch of the night he gained knowledge by which He remembered past lives. On the second watch of the night he was able to see into the future including the birth and death of other beings. On the third watch of the night, He destroyed all defilements and became a Fully Enlightened One (Samma-Sambuddha).



Life of Buddha (24)It was in the final week (7th week) after his Enlightenment, when the two merchant brothers Tapussa and Bhallika from Ukkalapa passed by the spot and saw the Buddha. They offered the Buddha their own provision; then the Buddha gave eight strands of hairs from His head for them to worship as sacred objects of veneration.The hair relics are now enshrined in the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.



Life of Buddha (26)At the Deer Park at Varanasi, the Buddha met the five ascetics, Kondanna, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji all of whom He had known before .He delivered His first sermon to them. It is called the Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta which sets the wheel of the Dhamma in motion. The ascetic Kondanna who was at His childhood Name-giving Ceremony became the first to see light in the Dhamma and attained Sotapanna, the first stage of Sainhood.
Later, all attained Arahantship after hearing the Anatalakkhana Sutta (the Discourse which deals with No-Self)



Life of Buddha (28)The Buddha exhorted His first sixty Arahant disciples to go forth in different directions to preach the Doctrine, using these famous words: – “Go ye, 0 bhikkhus and wander forth for the gain of many, for the welfare of the many, in compassion for the world, for the good, for the gain, for the welfare of the Devas (Gods) and men . Proclaim ye, 0 Bhikkhus! The Doctrine that is glorious and preach ye a life of holiness, perfect and pure!”



Life of Buddha (30)When the Bodhisatta visited Rajagaha, the capital of Magadha, King Bimbisara offered his Kingdom to the Bodhisatta. But He did not accept it because of the worldly pleasures. After listening to the preaching of Buddha, the King attained the first stage of Sainthood (Sotapanna). He then dedicated his Royal park known as Veluvana (Bamboo Grove) to the Buddha and His disciples.



Life of Buddha (32)The Buddha performed the Twin Miracles of emitting fire and water simultaneously from His body, to subdue the pride of his older relatives who had erroneously thought that the Buddha being the younger would have to show respects to them.



Life of Buddha (34)On the seventh day after his arrival in Kapilavatthu, Princess Yasodhara dressed up Prince Rahula and pointing to the Buddha said, “Behold, son, the great Ascetic of majestic appearance is your father. Go up to him and ask for your inheritance!”
As advised by his mother, young Rahula came to His presence and asked for his inheritance. Instead, the Buddha told Venerable Sariputta to ordain Prince Rahula , giving him a spiritual inheritance better than the one he asked for.



Life of Buddha (36)During a subsequent visit to Rajagaha City, the Buddha went for alms-round in the company of His Chief Disciples and other monks. Along the way King Bimbisara and his royal family paid repects to the Buddha and His disciples.



Life of Buddha (38)The Buddha delivering a sermon of peace to two powerful warning armies of Kapilavatthu and Koliya at the opposite banks of the Rohini river before the two countries started fighting for the water supply of the river, for pastoral use.



Life of Buddha (40)The Order of Nuns (Bhikkhuni Sasana) was founded in the fifth year of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. After the death of King Suddhodana, Maha Pajapati Gotami , who was His former foster mother desirous of joining the Order ,approached the Buddha who was then, residing at Kapilavathu and begged permission for women to be admitted into the Order. After hearing and turning down their pleas, Buddha returned to Vesali for the Rains Retreat . Undaunted by the rebuff, Maha Pajapati Gotami cut off her hair and wearing yellow garments went on foot to Vesali, accompanied by many other Sakyan ladies. They stood outside the porch of the Pinnacled Great Hall in Mahayana where the Buddha was residing. Interceded by Venerable Ananda , the Buddha finally consented to establish the Bhikkhuni Sasana when Maha Pajapati Gotami and other Sakyan ladies agreed to observe the Eight Disciplinary Rules for nuns. Henceforth Maha Pajapati Gotami and other Sakyan ladies were admitted into the Order.
Later, the Nuns Khema and Uppalavanna were appointed the two Chief female Disciples; as were Sariputta and Moggalana the two Chief Male Disciples.



Life of Buddha (42)After losing in lively debate, the haughty hermit Saccaka refused to answer accordingly when the Buddha asked a question. Only when he was threatened to be beaten up by a celestial demon for arrogance, only then did he finally realize his own folly and listened to the Buddha’s preaching meekly. This wholesome action of his would augur well for his future.



Life of Buddha (44)On the seventh year after His Enlightenment, the Buddha preached the Abhidhamma (higher Doctrine) in Tavatimsa Heaven. As a fulfillment of gratitude to his former mother, now a Santussita deva, the Buddha then delivered a sermon on the Higher Doctrine to thousands of Devas (Gods) and Brahmas (higher celestial beings) who attained the various stages of Noble Sainthood.



Life of Buddha (46)The non Buddhist sectarians grudgingly wanted to ruin the Buddha’s reputation. They told Cinca Manvika , a beautiful girl to falsely accuse the Buddha for her shamed, pregnancy in a big and august assembly. King of Devas (Gods) dispatched some Deities disguised as mice to gnaw through the strings holding a block of wood under her garment. Her plot was exposed when the wood fell on her feet. When the people saw that, they threw stones and chased her away. As she was walking away, the earth spilt open and a flame sprang up to envelop and drag her down to Avici (deepest and worst) Hell.



Life of Buddha (48)On the sixteenth year of His Enlightment, the Buddha tamed the carnivorous Demon King , Alavaka who feasted on human flesh, to give up his habit on devouring at least one human being everyday. After hearing the Buddha’s Teaching, he henceforth gave up his habit, thus sparing the small child offered to him as food on that day.



Life of Buddha (50)There was a young harmless student at TAKKASILA University called Ahimsa. His jealous fellow students poisoned the mind of their teacher against him. As a result the teacher asked Ahimsa for a garland of one thousand right index fingers as tuition fee. Eager to discharge his obligation, he went into the Jalini forest in Kosala and started to waylay the passing travellers to collect an index finger from the right hand of each victim. The garland was almost completed except for one more single finger. Ahimsa decided to kill even his own mother for the sake of completing the one thousandth finger in the garland. However, Ahimsa was intercepted by the Compassionate Buddha who came to his aid. After listening to His preaching and being convinced, Ahimsa now known as Angulimala (garland of fingers ) joined the Sangha and became a Bhikkhu (monk) . The Angulimala Sutta, a discourse ascribed to this Thera (elder/monk) and connected to this event, is well-known in Buddhist countries and often used by pregnant ladies in travail for easy and safe delivery.



Life of Buddha (52)Once the Buddha and His Disciples went to Lake Anotatta passing by the mansion of Nandopananda the dragon king who was enjoying himself with his retinue. Angry at the apparent trespassing, Nandopananda coiled itself seven times round Mount Meru, covered the summit with its hood and spewing hot poisonous smoke to prevent the Buddha and his disciples from reaching lake Anotatta. Thereupon Maha Moggalana, (the second Chief Disciple) at once transformed himself into a dragon and likewise coiled round the mountain, crushing Nandopananda. Watched by the Buddha and His disciples, Maha Moggalana too began spewing hot poisonous smoke which greatly distressed Nandopananda who soon lost the challenge and upon realization of his folly, sought refuge in the Triple Gem of Buddhism.



Life of Buddha (54)The Buddha taking care of a sick monk, named Tissa who had been neglected by his unthoughtful fellow monks. By so doing, the Buddha wanted to foster mutual care and welfare amongst the Bhikkhus as well as others.



Life of Buddha (56)Baka Brahma, who was bitten by the snake of tenacious heresay (in believing that the Brahma Loka is the best and everlasting world in existence) , was duly defeated by the Buddha in a mutual contest to show power. On hearing the Buddha’s profound expounding of the Dhamma (Buddhist Doctrine), he became enlightened along with many other Brahmas (higher celestial beings).



Life of Buddha (58)When the Buddha was on his way to the city of Rajagaha, Devadatta ordered the release of the fierce elephant, Nalagiri, to harm Him. As the elephant charged towards the Buddha, everyone ran away leaving a mother and her baby on the ground. The Buddha radiated His infinite Compassion to calm and subdued the elephant before it could trample the helpless baby.



Life of Buddha (60)1.  The Buddha at Kusinara laid himself between two Sal trees with his head to the North, determined not to rise again. He them delivered his last admonition, “Behold, 0 Disciples! I exhort you ! Subject to change are all component things! Strive on with Diligence !” before He entered Maha parinibbana (attainment of Final Emancipation).
2.  Dona , the Brahman divided the Buddha’s relics into eight equal portions and distributed each of them to the Rulers of the eight countries. Then Dona decided that the golden container be kept for himself as an object of respectful veneration.





83 Responses to “Life of the Buddha”

  1. Cheng Tuck Says:

    Yeah! This story is on the temple wall. Thanks for sharing Phra Mick!

  2. Very beautiful. Impressive.

  3. Why thanks Tinlala!
    Well… actually, you need to thank the Burmese Abbot and them artists.

  4. Thanks

    Buddha’s with you !

  5. Tran-t-Hung Says:

    Good afternoon Phramick,

    Thank you for posting these beautiful and inspirational pictures that illustrate the life of Buddha! Also thank to many artists who perform at different pictures.

    Minneapolis, MN, USA

  6. Subhash Patel Says:

    I am big fan of Budhha, and i love this picture.

    thnk you so much.

    • don’t be the fan of buddha , be the follower of buddha . because buddha is not an actor . he is an enlighetned one.

      • BLACK WOLFF Says:

        Lord Gauthama Buddha..28 enlightened master.

        introduced latest buddhism ..which is one and only practical religion in world. because it introduced by powerful mind ..unlimited knowledge.

  7. vincent_tse Says:

    yup, this pic is on the Dhammikarama Burmese temple at penang, malaysia!
    thx for sharing。。。sadhu sadhu sadhu

  8. အရမ္းကိုရွားပါးတဲ့ ဓါတ္ပံုေလးေတြပဲေနာ္ တကယ္ကိုတန္ဖိုးရွိပါတယ္…

  9. very beautiful

  10. बुद्धं शरणं गच्छामि।
    धर्मं शरणं गच्छामि।
    संघं शरणं गच्छामि।

    Buddhaṃ śaraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
    Dharmaṃ śaraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
    Saṃghaṃ śaraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

    Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
    Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
    Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

    Namo but.
    Namo dram.
    Namo sang.


    Sangye Cho dang Tsok kyi chog nam la
    Jang Chub bar du dag gi jin gyat su chi
    Dag gi jin so yi pe tsog nam ki
    Dro la pen Chir Sangye drub par shok

  11. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Re: Request for permission to use your picture

    We would like to request for your permission to use a picture from your website: as teaching material in our secondary history book series entitled: Travelling Through History. This series of textbooks follows closely the history syllabus prepared by the Hong Kong Curriculum Development Council. This book will be published in June 2011.

    The above noted picture is attached for your reference.

    In addition to the print format, we would also like to feature this picture in an accompanying CD-Rom, which is a replication of the above noted in electronic format. Available free of charge only to those who have purchased the print format, the CD-Rom is a complementary resource that allows users of the printed book the convenience of viewing the contents on their personal computers. We would like to emphasis that the said CD-Rom forms part of, and is not separate from, the total archival files of the print edition.

    It is our opinion that the above noted picture would be of benefit to teachers as a teaching resource, and to students in terms of enhancing their historical knowledge. Due acknowledgement of your kindness would be made in our skills book series.

    We shall be pleased to come to a suitable arrangement with the owner. Should you have any requests or enquiries, please feel free to e-mail me at

    Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

    Yours sincerely

    Aki Lee
    Assistant editor, History Department
    Aristo Educational Press Ltd.

  12. They’re not my pictures in the first place, but please anything from this site is yours. PM.

    • Carol Ann Says:

      HI there – hope thatr’s okay for me too to use for my pupils to make up worksheet on life of the Buddha.( am in Scotland ) Beautiful pictures and lots of information. Thank you

  13. white vampire Says:

    i was inspire about the buddha tales. pls tell me more

  14. white vampire Says:

    pls tell me more. what an inspiration

  15. Eang Nath (from Cambodia) Says:

    The Pictures looks like real life. Good Artist.

    Thank the Burmese Abbot and their artists. Best wish for you all.

  16. sandun kanishka Says:

    Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much
    as your own unguarded thoughts….sadhu sadhu sadhu….!

  17. it is very nise site of painting, i m paintar…& i intrested in your group. you look my blog ….then plll reply me..

  18. very god web site for us

  19. Hi, venerable Pharmick Ratanapanyo Bhikkhu, Sending my better desires.
    I would like to request for your permission to use a picture from your website. I read above there´s not yours, but i don´t now who to ask for it.
    I´m from México and I am a part of the House of Meditation Vipassana. We will perform The Life of the Buddha in puppets theater.
    Thank you you, sorry for my english.
    That you are well, happy and in peace.

  20. Hi Horacio,

    I’m sure all Dhamma materials are free under Buddha’s equal and non-copyright policy 😀

    Please go right ahead!

  21. veeramani Says:

    I am from india in tamil nadu.
    wish you all the best.
    Thank you so much.

  22. Anumodana _/\_

    Please help us on spreading Buddhism by joining – Buddism Social Community

    Thank you very much..

    Sabbe Satta Bhavantu Sukhittata

  23. Thanks for sharing this, it is eye-opening and beautiful.

  24. I don’t speak english well, I am in France. Just to say here Thank You so much for this wonderful reminder!

  25. Hi, amazing site, check out mine…

    […]Life of the Buddha « Writings of Heart[…]…

  26. Who’s the painter of these beautiful pictures?

  27. the best photographs & good website.

  28. i use one photo from your site.
    bez i wanna post at my blog .

  29. ္္Fantastic idea of yr inspiration about our Buddha’s Life!
    I do prefer yr good description of pictures of Buddha History which are appropriate with the events.
    Thanks a million for sharing such valuable thing to us!

  30. Namo Buddhaya,
    Thank you so much for this beauty and meaningful picture.
    May all being happy.
    Mettacittena _/\_

  31. It is wonderful! The pieces of art, too! Thank you!

  32. calm and beautiful pictures

  33. Very Beautiful paintings….namo Buddhay

  34. chathuri karunarathna Says:

    may the merits be yours. NAMO BUDDHAYA!

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  36. i don’t know how i can explant. but that your present is a wonderfull and like a white road for me. thank you so much. from… some one that try to open heart and try to english. hi thailand

  37. Thanks a lot…..

  38. […] a post on the Writings of Heart blog of this wonderful display of pictures with captions of the Life of the Buddha in a Burmese edition book. The story is very religious in the way that Buddhism is practiced in SW […]

  39. Thank you for expansion of our pure buddhism, I’m sri lankan.
    Thank you again.reply me (

  40. Raju Gogulam Says:

    In search of Buddha images, I am here. A note of thankyou 🙂

  41. Happy to such resourceful page. I have always been inspired and influenced deeply by Lord Buddha. Would like to create a motion graphics picture story about Buddha using the images for an educational video. Would be grateful to you if you give me permission to use it. Hoping to get a positive reply from you.

  42. Tell about the apearence of the Fifth Buddha , The Buddha of Universal Brotherhood.Does anyone know if He has returned.?

    • Budha never returned, The next Buddha (Budhisata) will come after many decade past. But every Buddha left the way to attain Nivana. You can do it, you can follow and practices it.
      One day you can attain Nivana or Zero level stage. 4 stages of Nivana (Arahat Magga and Arhat Phala) is end of the life.

  43. kunal kamble Says:

    Very nice…namo buddhay….. thank u……

  44. Darf ich fragen, wie heisst den dieses WordPress Theme auf dieser Seite? Ich hab es schon mal wo bestaunt und wuerde das Theme selbst auf meiner Seite zum Einsatz bringen.

  45. Dear Author,
    I am from Myanmar, when I was 10 years old I am very much familiar with this pictorial book was illustrated by Artist Sayagyi (Guru) U(Mr.) Ba Kyi. He was very famous in Myanmar. I am very much appreciate your translation in English. Most of the Buddhism are very much familiar with Buddha stories.
    With metta,
    Fred Kthet

  46. Buddhaṃ śaraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
    Dharmaṃ śaraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
    Saṃghaṃ śaraṇaṃ gacchāmi.

    Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
    Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
    Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi

  47. Namo thassa bagwatho arahstho samma sambuddassa….. !!!

  48. Kalind Rathod Says:

    Thank you for sharing..

    As per Buddha, becoming the Buddha is not a monopoly of his own. Anyone can become Buddha by following his meditation technique called Vipassana Meditation. “Pashya” means “to see”. Vipassana (Correct word is : Vipashyana) means seeing differently.

    Vipassana Meditation is still in its pure form by Guru-Shishya ( one teacher one follower ) tradition.

    Lastly, Vipassana has been spread to all by Respected Satyanarayan Goyenka Ji.

    One can register / find information for Vipassana maditation at Minimum course duration is 10 Days. (Please read all the rules and be prepare to follow them, if someone attends )

    Please keep in mind, Vipassana is difficult at first and will take time to master. And yes, to be Buddha (The Enlightened One) is a very long journey.

  49. Kyaw Lwin Tint Oo Says:

    Thanks to you very much for this impressive sharing.

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  51. Anuradha Says:

    Thank u very much for your effort to illustrate the Life of Lord Buddha. May you, me and all realize his teachings and follow his path!!!

  52. very nice pics…i would like to convert this pics into vedio effects. and upload the work in youtube. we do website desiging if you have any work for website desgining call us. or mail us visit our site you can search on good about us.

  53. Dae-sung Kim Says:

    Sa-du Sa-du Sa-du~~!!
    Great~~!! Accellent~~&Beautiful, Great Great& Glorious pic & story~~^^(())

  54. very good pictures..very important to us.. many thanks……

  55. manushanka Says:

    Teruwan saranai obata

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  57. If I stated I am Maitreja, how would you know that it is not true?

    • Only One Buddha Per Cycle..

      Up Cycle, God is a woman, no suffering, men oppressed, no Enlightenment either. Only one Buddha can exist then, but none would listen to the teaching, hence the term “Silent Buddha”

      Down Cycle, God is a man, plenty of suffering, everything single detail opposite of the Up. Women receive their karma from the Up. A Buddha would come between 10,000 descending to 120 (age of the living). That window has gone now. Welcome to the Down Cycle Degradation Era, to be followed by Natural Disasters Era, then the complete FUBAR Era. I wouldn’t even broadcast in any frequencies anymore.

  58. Lp Sander Khemadhammo Says:

    Nice. Does the book have any copyright license? I’d like to use some images on Wikipedia.

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