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.
King Bimbisara, a mighty king of Maghadh kingdom, was infamous for his unrestrained lust. He met Siddhartha Gotama during the latter’s quest for enlightenment and offered him the share his kingdom. Respectfully refusing his offer, Siddhattha Gotama promised him to visit his kingdom after his enlightenment.
The Buddha fulfilled his promise and taught Vipassana meditation to King Bimbisara. In a short time, King Bimbisara became a stream-winner (the first stage of liberation). Lust, for which he was so infamous, was replaced with compassionate love for every being. After observing these sweeping positive changes in his character and behavior, many other kings, queens and citizens of their respective empires started practicing Vipassana meditation. He became a torchbearer in the spread of Dhamma.
This book contains his life story and virtues, conversations with the Buddha, his influence on the lives of others and his contribution to the spread of Vipassana meditation.
This book is ideal for Vipassana meditators as well as non-meditators.