Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby genkaku » Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:12 pm

Interesting discussion, but I would be interested in who or what, precisely, anyone considers "Buddha" to be. If we rely on texts for an answer, OK. If we rely on experience, OK. And if we suggest that relying on anything whatsoever is not appropriate, OK.

I mean no disrespect. I'm just wondering how we can talk about something if we don't nail down the perspective being used to address that 'something.'
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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby piotr » Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:27 pm

Bhagavaṃmūlakā no, bhante, dhammā...

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby piotr » Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:39 pm

Bhagavaṃmūlakā no, bhante, dhammā...

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:19 pm

I agree and that is why I like the term Arahant instead of Savakabuddha.
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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:42 pm

Greetings,

Somewhere I'm pretty sure there's a sutta where the Buddha explains how he is different from the Arahants and the main reason is that he discovered the Dhamma himself... but I can't seem to find it anywhere just at the moment.

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby green » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:51 pm

Lokdhatu is quite confusing however, Buddha quite clearly defines what constitutes "the world"

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Then a certain monk went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to the Blessed One: "'The world, the world'1 it is said. In what respect does the word 'world' apply?

"Insofar as it disintegrates,2 monk, it is called the 'world.' Now what disintegrates? The eye disintegrates. Forms disintegrate. Consciousness at the eye disintegrates. Contact at the eye disintegrates. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the eye — experienced as pleasure, pain or neither-pleasure-nor-pain — that too disintegrates.

"The ear disintegrates. Sounds disintegrate...

"The nose disintegrates. Aromas disintegrate...

"The tongue disintegrates. Tastes disintegrate...

"The body disintegrates. Tactile sensations disintegrate...

"The intellect disintegrates. Ideas disintegrate. Consciousness at the intellect consciousness disintegrates. Contact at the intellect disintegrates. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the intellect — experienced as pleasure, pain or neither-pleasure-nor-pain — that too disintegrates.

"Insofar as it disintegrates, it is called the 'world.'"

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:18 pm

The birds have vanished down the sky. Now the last cloud drains away.
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