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Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

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Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Postby BlackBird » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:23 pm

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Postby BlackBird » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:56 pm

It's actually a choice whether we get offended or not. This may come as a surprise, considering our propensity to blame others for our decision to take offense. It's quite easy to take up a view that things should be THIS way, and anybody who violates my personal wish has offended me and deserves to feel bad about it! But people and situations will always violate our wishes of how things should be, then we have a choice - Equanimity or frustration.

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"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:33 am

The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

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Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Postby Parth » Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:46 pm

Buddha never taught any ism(s) only Dhamma, even calling it Buddhism is wrong it curtails it and limits it as if it is meant only for people born in that sect / converts.

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Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Postby legolas » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:39 am

Taking the Theravada literature as a guide.....

1. The Buddha left a Bodhisatta path to be followed.
2. The Buddha was a Bodhisatta from the point he first decided to become a Buddha.
3. The Buddha spent aeons accumulating paramis.
4. The Buddha made vows in the presence of previous Buddhas.
5. The whole show was pre-determined.
6. A reasonable conclusion might be that the Bodhisatta path is the noblest and arhatship is of a lesser calling.

Only taking the suttas as a guide...........

1. The Buddha never taught a Bodhisatta path.
2. The Buddha never refers to himself as a Bodhisatta except in his last life.
3. The Buddha never makes reference to taking vows to be a Buddha.
4. The Buddha never mentions countless aeons of accumulating paramis.
5. The only Buddha that our Buddha mentions meeting is the previous Buddha, when our Buddha was dragged by the hair to meet him.
6. One reasonable conclusion might be that our Buddha met with the Dhamma - achieved a favourable rebirth - was born as a human being with chances of becoming a great monarch or achieving arhatship - right up to the last second it was touch and go whether he would be a silent Buddha or a teaching Buddha - nothing was pre-determined and there can only be a label of Bodhisatta given in retrospect and in relation to the last life. There is no Bodhisatta path only a Noble eightfold path, which can develop on extremely rare occassions into full Buddhahood.

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Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Postby Hanzze » Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:25 am

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BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Postby Hanzze » Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:22 am

Boddhisatta in the time Buddha was Somedha.

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BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

Postby dhammapal » Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:41 am

Hi,

Check out: by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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