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Rahula (534 BC-?; Chinese: 羅侯羅) is generally accepted to be the name of the son of the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama. The name in English, roughly translated, is "chain" or "chained one," an interesting philosophical contrast to Buddha, "the awakened one." It can also be translated as obstacle. Centuries: 7th century BC - 6th century BC - 5th century BC Decades: 580s BC - 570s BC - 560s BC - 550s BC - 540s BC - 530s BC - 520s BC - 510s BC - 500s BC - 490s BC - 480s BC Events and Trends 538 BC - Babylon occupied by Jews transported to Babylon are allowed to return to... A stone image of the Buddha. ... Standing Buddha, ancient region of Gandhara, northern Pakistan, 1st century CE. Gautama Buddha was a South Asian spiritual leader who lived between approximately 563 BCE and 483 BCE. Born Siddhartha Gautama in Sanskrit, a name meaning descendant of Gotama whose aims are achieved/who is efficacious in achieving aims, he...

Rahul is a common name in india, its first use is probably correctly attributed to the above mentioned person. He was named "Rahul" as it means a rope in sanskrit, a rope that tied Siddarth to Yashodhara.

Although Rahula was part of the family that Gautama essentially abandoned when he began his life as a monk, Rahula, according to several Buddhist sutras, eventually came to be a part of his father's new-founded religious order. He is seen in several anecdotes about Gautama, and he is exclusively portrayed as a student. Sutra (सूत्र) in Sanskrit is derived from the verb √siv, meaning to sew. ...

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WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT: Remembering Dr. Walpola Rahula (897 words)
Rahula influenced generations of monks, including me. Reading his `Heritage of the Bhikkhu' gave my whole generation of monks, a new understanding of our role in society, and gave us courage to practise a Buddhism which was both traditional and in touch with our modern society.
Rahula was later instrumental in encouraging the formation of the first Theravada temple in the United States, the Washington Vihara, against fierce opposition from traditionalists in Sri Lanka.
Rahula, whose initial support and constant encouragement were fundamental to the establishment and growth of the teachings of the Buddha in this country.
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