From my learning, Adi Buddha is the name of the being who became the first Buddha of this current aeon. Adi means first.
Johnny Dangerous wrote:It has yet to be explained to me how, or if Adi-Buddha is different from Brahma. It does seem to be a similar concept, at least in some Buddhism.
I think though, if you read Nagarjuna for instance, it's hard to square with these more eternalist -leaning concepts.
It helps me to realize that in the end, all philosophy in Buddhism is provisional.
LionelChen wrote:To my limited understanding of things, Buddhism in all of its three forms explicitly rejects the notion of a First Cause, however so conceived whether this comes in the form of a Platonic/Aristotlean Demiurge or from those religious traditions which trace their origins back to Abraham.
The religious element of consciousness, Tillich concluded, consisted in the immediate and “unconditioned” meeting of our thinking mind with Being. This meeting with Being is the absolute limit of thinking. Being can only be apprehended through a mystical experience, in other words through intuition.
Jikan wrote:Two sources that may be of interest:
*The Mahavairocana tantra, trans. Stephen Hodge, covers much of the ground you are interested in.
from another perspective...
*The Kunjed Gyalpo (translated as The Supreme Source by Clemente)
To my poor mind, it makes more sense to talk about the way the category of AdiBuddha is articulated in particular texts or traditions, than to generalize. I cited these two because you could construct a kind of Venn diagram of AdiBuddha characteristics from them. How do these descriptions differ, or not?
For myself, I find much more in common than otherwise.
Jikan wrote:Yes, that's right: the Kunjed Gyalpo is a Dzogchen text of the Semde series.
It would be great if you could repost to this thread your ideas and responses to your reading as you learn more. I look forward to a more detailed discussion on this topic as well.
"I am the existential ground (gnas chen) of all Buddhas" and "... the root of all things is nothing else but one Self ... I am the place in which all existing things abide."
"Oh all you sentient beings of this threefold world [i.e. the entire universe, both visible and invisible]! Because I, the All-Creating Sovereign, have created you, you are My children and equal to Me. Because you are not second to Me, I am present in you ... Oh all you sentient beings of this threefold world, if I were not, you would be non-existent. ... Because all things do not exist outside of Me, I firmly declare that I am all - the All-Creating One."
If this matrix of intrinsic awareness sounds like God to some people, then they are definitely on the right track. But the nondual state of rigpa is personified as Samantabhadra... It would be a mistake, however, to approach "Samantabhadra" as anything but a label for something that is quite beyond language and symbolism.
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