Nine Special Qualities of the Buddha
by VENERABLE BALANGODA ANANDA MAITREYA
Who is Buddha?
He was neither a god, a son of a god,
an incarnation of a god or a prophet sent by a god.
He was a human being.... though he was not
a supernatural being, he was a prodigy,
an extraordinary and a rarest type of person.
What does the Buddha taught?
Buddhism is the doctrine expounded
by the Buddha... it is not a dogma,
nor a revelation made known by
any supernatural agency...
it was discovered by the Buddha...
His teaching was absolutely unique
and cannot be found in the teachings
of any other world teacher of ancient days.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The most late Venerable Aggamahapandita Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero (August 24, 1896 - July 18, 1998), the author of this book, ordained at the age of fourteen, he very soon become a recognized teacher and expositor of Buddhist doctrine in Theravada as well as Mahayana Schools. He is well known among the scholary community in the world for his mastery of the doctrine as well as knowledge in Pali, Sanskrit and several other languages. He is much sought after in unraveiling controversial and difficult points in the doctrine. He has written a large number of books on Buddhism, well used for reference.
The crowning points of his life as a Buddhist Prelate were when he was appointed the Supreme Head of the Amarapura Sect, Advisor and translator of the Three Pitaka Translation Commititee of the Government of Sri Lanka and when he led a delegation of Monks representing Sri Lanka to participate in the celebrated Sixth Buddhist Council (Sanghayana) held in Burma (Myanmar) in 1953 and was appointed the Chairman of the Council for some of its sessions.