Level of attainment of Buddha's discourse audience

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Level of attainment of Buddha's discourse audience

Postby Rakshasa » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:20 am

In almost all the Mahayana sutras, the audience of Buddha listening to the discourse consists mostly of Bodhisattvas who appear magically from different lands and even Buddha-lands. For example, in Lankavatara Sutra Buddha explains various Mahayana concepts to those Bodhisattvas. What is the usual level of attainment of these Bodhisattvas? If they are already so advanced as to appear in front of Buddha to listen to discourse, why do they ask amateur questions?

The same applies to Pali canon in which Buddha's audience is almost exclusively comprised of Arhats. If Arhats are already liberated, why do they need any further teachings?

The only exception seems to be the Heart Sutra where a Bodhisattva discourses to an Arhat (Sariputra).

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Re: Level of attainment of Buddha's discourse audience

Postby Indrajala » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:26 am

That's a good question actually.

I think for the benefit of those who don't understand and perhaps too shy to ask such simple questions. :smile:

Perhaps in these situations they elect an able figure to directly address the Buddha and ask the question on their collective behalf rather than having the newcomer directly speak to the Buddha.
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