Buddha Story About Death

Among the traditions concerning Buddha, there is one which tells of a young mother whose child died and whose dead body, in her great love and sorrow, she clasped to her bosom, and went about from house to house asking if any one would give her some medicine for it. The neighbors thought her mad, but a wise man, seeing that she could not or would not understand the law of death, said to her, "My good girl, I cannot myself give medicine for it, but I know of a doctor who can attend to it." She asked who it was, and was sent by the wise man to Buddha.

After doing homage to him, she said, "Lord and master, do you know any medicine that will be good for my boy?" Buddha replied that he did, and told her to fetch from a house where no son, husband, parent, or slave had died.

Then the woman went in search, but no such house could she find, for whenever she asked if there had died any of those, the answer came from one, "I have lost a son;" from another, "I have lost my parents;" and from all, "Lady, the living are few, but the dead are many."

At last, not finding any house where death had not been, the truth broke in upon her, and leaving the dead body of her boy in a forest, she returned to Buddha, and told her tale. He said to her, "You thought that you alone had lost a son; the law of death is that among all living creatures there is nothing that abides," and when he had finished preaching the law, the woman became his disciple.
1. Edward Clodd The Childhood of Religions: Embracing a Simple Account of the Birth and Growth of Myths and Legends. (1878)

Back to Solar Mythology and the Jesus Story