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The Buddha can teleport?

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The Buddha can teleport?

Postby Wind » Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:37 am

There are a few suttas where it appears the Buddha teleports. Is that correct? And if so, how do you suppose he does it?

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:48 am

Greetings Wind,

The suttas say "as quickly as a strong man might stretch his bent arm out".

(e.g. http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/sbe17/sbe17042.htm)

So I don't think you could call this teleporting per se... it's just incredibly fast!

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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:04 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:42 am

Angulimala's failed attempts at harming the Buddha reminds me of many scenes from Kung Fu movies, e.g. Crouching Tiger. I can see where these movies get their inspiration.
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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

Postby bodom » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:50 am

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To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:13 am

"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:56 pm

I am way out of league here, but I thought Devaditta became very ill, and went to the Buddha to repent but died from his illness before he was able to see the Buddha. The emphasis being that he had a change of heart before dying.

I mentioned Angulamali because the audio version of the sutta that I have has this beautiful scene. Angulamali, a person of great strength and speed, was chasing after the Buddha. The Buddha was walking at a casual pace, Angulamali was sprinting as fast as he could, and he was unable to catch the Buddha.
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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

Postby Fede » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:10 pm

Ah.
I don't feel so bad now.
I was about to ask what the point of all this was....but felt a little embarrassed about questioning the deeper more spiritual meaning of such Powers.
But didn't think it would go down too well....

It seems in a way, I am in good company, though..... :meditate:
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Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: The Buddha can teleport?

Postby meindzai » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:37 pm

Bhikkhu Bodhi claimed once that he could fly. Of course he stipulated that he has to be on an airplane to do it. :)

-M

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