Stories of Buddha's compassion and consideration for all life abound.
story of Buddha - Ancient India - The British Museum
In 1546 the King of Lanxang (Laos) was invited to rule the city of Chiang Mai and its tributaries known as the Kingdom of Lanna. His first order of business when he entered the city was to bring his retinue, which included many newly ordained monks, to Wat Chedi Luang. Like Burmese, Shan, Siamese, Khoen and Yuan monks, these Lao monks (these ethnic categories are later accretions) studied at the monastery. Famous scholar monks studied and taught at Wat Chedi Luang as well since there was a regular exchange of monks between different monasteries in the region. Moreover, these scholar monks would have been compelled to visit the Emerald Buddha and the relic held in the great chedi to pay obeisance. There is little record of activities at Wat Chedi Luang until 1823 when a golden preaching chair was donated by the king of Chiang Mai. At this time there were 101 monks in residence at the monastery. Since a new ordination hall was also consecrated at this time, the monastery certainly planned to attract more students. It can be said as a standard fact, that virtually all regional monasteries first become ritual centers through their possessions of certain images, relics, royal seals. These ritually powerful objects enabled these monastic schools to attract charismatic teachers, skilled scholars, and draw large audiences to sermons and students to lectures. This ritual legitimacy allows them texts and funding needed to become educational centers. Unfortunately, these generalities will have to suffice for now since, like most other monasteries, historical records tell us virtually nothing of the day-to-day activities of students and teachers at Wat Chedi Luang before the modern period.
belief - A Creation Story in Buddhism
In both China and Japan, the dragon is associated closely with rain, storms, and clouds, and it is the dragon who produces rain. In the (794-1185), two Buddhist temples -- Tji (East Temple) and Sai-ji (West Temple) -- shared control of Japan’s religious world, and an interesting legend grew out of the power struggle between the two temples. Envious of 空海 (774-835), for his fame as head of Tji Temple, a priest named Shubin 守敏 of Sai-ji Temple used a charm to entrap in a jar, thereby causing an extensive drought. Challenged by Shubin to a contest at Shinsen Garden, dispelled the curse of Shubin, and set the free to cause rain to fall.