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Huseng wrote:Wesley1982 wrote:Is there anything going on like Buddha Magic?..
Well - it would be using a divining rod, mysticism, spirits of enchantment, divine wonder-working ie stuff like that.
Wesley1982 wrote:Well - it would be using a divining rod, mysticism, spirits of enchantment, divine wonder-working ie stuff like that.
You find all of that in Mahayana traditions.
It is most evident in Tibetan Buddhism. You can go see a Lama for divination (done with various items such as a mirror or dice). They also will do blessings and so on, perhaps providing protection amulets.
Mystic experiences are also a part of many Mahayana traditions. For example, in East Asia one aspect of confession practice is seeing auspicious signs such as a buddha or bodhisattva rubbing the crown of one's head. There are also people who have profound visions which further prompt their practice. This happens, but people will not be open about it for obvious reasons.
Actually in Theravada, too, there are bhikkhus who do fortune telling and divination. It might be inappropriate, but it is still done.
In Buddhism - India, China and the Himalayan countries all have them, methods for divination, healing, protection etc .
If you do a search on Himalayan Shamanism in Google or on Amazon you will find lots of material, such as this book I found interesting:
http://www.amazon.com/Himalayan-Dialogu ... n+dialogue
Within TB itself many I've met on forums do not like the word 'shamanism' but nevertheless they have oracles and the Dalai Lama is quite open in his use of the Nechung oracle, etc.
Wesley1982 wrote:like Clairvoyance?..And psychokinetic mental powers?
Five siddhis of Yoga and meditation
In the Bhagavata Purana, the five siddhis of Yoga and meditation are described as below:
tri-kāla-jñatvam: knowing the past, present and future
advandvam: tolerance of heat, cold and other dualities
para citta ādi abhijñatā: knowing the minds of others and so on
agni arka ambu viṣa ādīnām pratiṣṭambhaḥ: checking the influence of fire, sun, water, poison, and so on
aparājayah: remaining unconquered by others
Eight Primary Siddhis
There is the concept of the Ashta Siddhi (eight siddhis) in Hinduism. These are:
Aṇimā: reducing one's body even to the size of an atom
Mahima: expanding one's body to an infinitely large size
Garima: becoming infinitely heavy
Laghima: becoming almost weightless
Prāpti: having unrestricted access to all places
Prākāmya: realizing whatever one desires
Iṣṭva: possessing absolute lordship
Vaśtva: the power to subjugate all
Ten secondary siddhis
In the Bhagavata Purana, Lord Krishna describes the ten secondary siddhis as:
anūrmi-mattvam: Being undisturbed by hunger, thirst, and other bodily disturbances
dūra-śravaṇa: Hearing things far away
dūra-darśanam: Seeing things far away
manaḥ-javah: Moving the body wherever thought goes (teleportation)
kāma-rūpam: Assuming any form desired
para-kāya praveśanam: Entering the bodies of others
sva-chanda mṛtyuh: Dying when one desires
devānām saha krīḍā anudarśanam: Witnessing and participating in the pastimes of the gods
yathā sańkalpa saḿsiddhiḥ: Perfect accomplishment of one's determination
ājñā apratihatā gatiḥ: Orders or commands being unimpeded
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