Buddhism, a religion and a philosophy has spread teachings like “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become”, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned”.
Supriya Rai received her doctorate from Mumbai University in 2008, on Buddhist meditation. She is currently Acting Director at the K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies. Her areas of interest are Buddhist meditation, Central Asian Buddhism (particularly the work of Kumarajiva), Buddhist ethics, gender issues in Buddhism and socially engaged Buddhism. She is currently working on a research project that explores the Shravaka’s path based on the Visuddhimagga, the meditation manual of the Theravada school and the Sravakabhumi chapter of Asanga’s Yogacarabhumi.
Supriya Rai, with her work, Spiritual Masters: The Buddha allows the reader to absorb the significance of the teachings of Buddhism.
In Spiritual Masters: The Buddha, Supriya Rai has used the perspectives of Buddha’s son and disciple, Rahula, King Bimbisara’s charioteer, Triguna, and Ananda who was Buddha’s cousin, disciple as well as his attendant. Retaining the element of fiction, Triguna is a character that is fictitious. Supriya Rai has done a splendid job in the intermingling of these three characters and beautifully bringing out the inner meaning of the ideals preached by Buddha.