The Buddha's mother

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The Buddha's mother

Postby gingercatni » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:49 pm

We all know the Buddha's mother died shortly after he was born, but why is the mother of the Buddha of our age mostly forgotten? Should we not pay respect to her? :shrug:
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Re: The Buddha's mother

Postby kirtu » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:13 pm

Descent from Heaven Day is commonly celebrated in both the Theravadin and Tibetan traditions. I have to admit that I haven't heard of it being celebrated in the Zen tradition (so it's not, at least in the West but I also always missed the Bathing of Lord Buddha and Queen Maya would have to have been mentioned then) and I don't know about the other Mahayana traditions.

Descent from Heaven Day is the day Lord Buddha returned from the Heaven of the 33 where his mother had been reborn. He went there to teach her and the devas living there.

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Re: The Buddha's mother

Postby catmoon » Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:42 am

I'm leery of the idea. I look at what happened to the Catholics and shudder...
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Re: The Buddha's mother

Postby Caz » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:10 am

Other then giving Birth to Buddha she didn't really do anything of great Importance compared to Buddha's enlightenment and turning of the wheel of Dharma. Only Buddha experienced his mothers kindness where as all Buddhist practitioners experience Buddha's kindness through his setting the wheel in motion.
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Re: The Buddha's mother

Postby Kunga Lhadzom » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:46 am

Caz wrote:Other then giving Birth to Buddha she didn't really do anything of great Importance

Isn't that enough ?
Geeeeeeeeeeesh !

She died shortly after giving birth also,
don't forget,
so she didn't have much time to do anything else !
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