Banner of the Arahants

Banner of the Arahants

This book covers in outline, but with many interesting stories and examples, the history and development of the Sangha, the Buddhist Order of monks and nuns, from their beginnings in the Buddha’s time to the present day.

Much of the information contained in this book is scattered widely in many different works or is the result of the author’s own experience as a Buddhist monk in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

The chapter on the Sangha in the principal Buddhist countries of Southeast and South Asia contains information not available elsewhere, while that on bhikkhunis, the Buddhist nuns, is unique in its coverage. Translations of some of the inspiring verses of the enlightened disciples of the Buddha are given and the author shows how this living tradition of enlightened teachers comes down to the present day.

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About Khantipalo

Khantipalo (Laurence Mills), born in London in 1932, read a book on Buddhism during his national service on the Suez Canal which inspired a lifelong interest in Buddhist studies.

As a result he travelled to India and South-East Asia, eventually ordaining as a monk in the Thai Dhammayuttika Nikaya and became an extremely accomplished Pali scholar and published a great many influential books and articles on Buddhism.

After thirty years as a Theravada monk, including extended periods as a forest hermit, he disrobed to pursue further research into Mahayana Buddhism, in particular the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition. In 1973 he established Wat Buddha Dhamma in New South Wales, and in 1991 he established the Bodhicitta Buddhist Centre in Queensland. He is one of the founding fathers of Buddhism in Australia and is well known for his inspirational practice and teaching.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276