3 Bodies of the Buddha

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3 Bodies of the Buddha

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What is the relevance of the 3 Bodies of the Buddha(Dharma-kaya, Sambhoga-kaya and Nirmana-kaya) in Theravada?

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Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:08 pm

See this discussion over at Dharma Wheel (Mahayana):

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.ph ... 518#p46498

The posts after my questions, seem to appear that the Mahayanists are referring to the Buddha's life as if it were a show or movie that had to be played out, that he was enlightened eons ago, etc.

I sometimes wonder how many Mahayanists know about the Trikaya concept. My feeling has been that most Buddhists (at least the convert type) see the Buddha as a historical person. If they understood the Trikaya concept more, they might find the Theravada view more appealing, without the deification of the Buddha. (However, if they know and understand the concept and are okay with that, then no problem, if that inspires them.)
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"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230

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Re: 3 Bodies of the Buddha

Postby PeterB » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:07 pm

As would become obvious to anyone who might care to post their theories concerning the Trikaya Doctrine on Dharma Wheel....... one cant just impose ones own interpretation. It comes all of a piece. Together with Buddhadhatu, and with Shunyata having primacy over D.O.

Accept it or not, but dont try to make it fit a Theravada schema...because it wont.


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