Published as a part of the series by VRI on the 'Great Disciples of the Buddha', this book aims to motivate old students to continue their practice seriously as well as to inspire new students to walk the same path as the exemplary practitioners of Vipassana meditation.
Suttada, an extremely wealthy businessman from Savatthi, was fondly called as Anathpindika (feeder of the orphans or helpless) for daily providing food to orphans. He came in contact with the Buddha and became a stream enterer (the first stage of liberation) by the practice of Vipassana meditation. Out of deep compassion towards other people, he built a center of Vipassana meditation in his city by spreading gold coins to purchase the land from its reluctant owner, the prince of the kingdom.
His life is an ideal example of how a householder can practice Vipassana and live a happy and peaceful life by imbibing the principles of the teachings. This book contains the life story of this chief lay disciple of the Buddha, who was regarded as the foremost in generosity and character. It also contains discourses given by the Buddha on the highest welfare for householders, for living happy and peaceful life.
This book is ideal for Vipassana meditators as well as non-meditators.