Buddhist Origin of Easter

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Astus
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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:

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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.

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1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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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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