Nosta wrote:I dont get the idea: why buddhists dont like Vimanas?
I believe vimanas were real vehicles.
The reports of Vimanas in the past are, in my opinion, an evidence for the reality of UFOs.
And speaking on the relation between Vimanas and Buddhism, i think that probably some of the Devas described in the sutras are ET entities. I mean, when we read that Buddha was talking to an assembly with some strange creatures, i suppose that some of them were aliens.
Because anything even remotely connected with ufos belongs to the fringe area of society, not to the respetected, honorable establishment of the human society. Most buddhists want to be part in the last mentioned, and therefore in modern translations of Lotus sutra
and some other sutras where Vimanas appear, the word has been translated as just a "palace", and as a "treasure platform"(!?). So we have now quite conveniently disposed with the vimanas.
There is a collection called Vimanavastu in the Theravada Canon, tranlated as Stories of Heavenly Mansions
. Vimanas are mentioned also in King Ashokas Rock edicts, in Sravasti Dhammika's translation of them. They don't belong only to the Mahayana.
The question is about the categories of beings that we have in our culture, in our society. We tend to see beings for which we have a word, a category.