Buddhist Origin of Easter

Buddhist Origin of Easter

Postby Astus » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:02 pm

We know that "once upon a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisatta came to life as a young hare and lived in a wood." (Jataka 316) He was then a very charitable bunny who offered even his own body. What is not mentioned then is that Sakka gave the hare some special powers by putting his image on the moon. This power the rabbit attained was a magical way of giving gifts. Those gifts materialised in the grass everywhere in the world in the form of colourful eggs. These egg-like presents are what one can still see on paintings like this one, right in front of the Buddha:


This is also the reason for the Easter Bunny to lay eggs, an ancient tale preserving the story of a former life of Shakyamuni. Such is the Buddhist origin of Easter.

"If the Buddha-Nature is seen, there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing."
(Nirvana Sutra, T12n374p521b3; tr Yamamoto)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Buddhist Origin of Easter

Postby Mr. G » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:04 pm

:jumping: I like it!
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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