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the mahayana bodhisattva

Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:49 am

in the pali canon the buddha when talking about himself prior to awakening refers to himself as an unenlightened bodhisatta

as such was he in anyway similar to the mahayana notion of the bodhisattva found in figues such as kwan yin, manjusri, jizo, fugen etc?

these beings seem to be able to control their births, could an unenlightened bodhisatta do such a thing?

does the pali canon's idea of a bodhisattva make the existance of such beings an imposability?
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Re: the mahayana bodhisattva

Postby Ben » Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:10 am

Hi JC

I'm not familiar with the Mahayana literature. What I do recommend you do is have a look at MN 26 Ariyapariyesana Sutta to begin with as it deals with Gotama's life before he became enlightened. Also, if you have access to Bodhi's 'Great Disciples of the Buddha' there are anecdotes of the Buddha's former lives when was in close association with the former lives of Sariputta, Mahamoggalana and Devadatta. That should give you some material which should go some way to answer your question.
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