Sokushinbutsu - What do you guys think of this?

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Sokushinbutsu - What do you guys think of this?

Postby tomamundsen » Wed May 08, 2013 9:47 am

A friend of mine posted this image on facebook today, and it made me think a few different things about the practice.


Sokushinbutsu (即身仏) were Buddhist monks or priests who caused their own deaths in a way that resulted in their mummification. This practice reportedly took place almost exclusively in northern Japan around Yamagata Prefecture. It is believed that many hundreds of monks tried, but only 24 such mummifications have been discovered to date.

Today, the practice is not advocated or practiced by any Buddhist sect, and is in fact banned in Japan.
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Re: Sokushinbutsu - What do you guys think of this?

Postby Astus » Wed May 08, 2013 10:43 am

There is no limit to what people can do once they have grasped on an idea. Misunderstanding the Dharma is very easy. Understanding correctly the Dharma is also very easy. What you choose is what matters, that is your karma.
"If the Buddha-Nature is seen, there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing."
(Nirvana Sutra, T12n374p521b3; tr Yamamoto)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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