Goodspeaker and the Water Demon [Chapter 1. Rebirth
of the Bodhisatta]
a time, there was a very righteous king. He had a lovely queen
who gave birth to a beautiful baby. This made the king very happy.
He decided to give his son a name that might help him in later
life. So he called him Prince Goodspeaker.
It just so
happened that the prince was no ordinary baby. This was not his
first life or his first birth. Millions of years before, he had
been a follower of a long-forgotten teaching 'Buddha' a
fully 'Enlightened One'. He had wished with all his heart to become
a Buddha just like his beloved master.
He was reborn
in many lives sometimes as poor animals, sometimes as long-living
gods and sometimes as human beings. He always tried to learn from
his mistakes and develop the 'Ten Perfections'. This was so he
could purify his mind and remove the three root causes of unwholesomeness
the poisons of craving, anger and the delusion of a separate
self. By using the Perfections, he would someday be able to replace
the poisons with the three purities nonattachment, loving-kindness
This 'Great Being' had been a humble follower of the forgotten
Buddha. His goal was to gain the same enlightenment of a Buddha
the experience of complete Truth. So people call him 'Bodhisatta',
which means 'Enlightenment Being'. No one really knows about the
millions of lives lived by this great hero. But many stories have
been told including this one about a prince called Goodspeaker.
After many more rebirths, he became the Buddha who is remembered
and loved in all the world today.