Does early and or other atheistic Buddhism mention Amida (or any other "other power").

  • Do you know of any theistic Buddhist tradition? Because I don't. – Tenzin Dorje May 2 '17 at 10:26
  • Perhaps I should say then, non-other-power Buddhism. – timtak May 5 '17 at 12:20

Buddha speaks that the power of mära (mära bala) is something we should strive to win against though practice of Buddhism.

Buddha has also said that he doesn't see anybody else who exercises power as the mära does.

However mära also dies. Even Arhat Moghalläna has been mära.

Mära is also explained by Buddha as things that perish.

Our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind, when specifically considered as "me", "mine" or "my soul", is said by mära to be belonging to him when answering a question by Buddha.

  • Thank you very much. Do you think Mara is Amida? – timtak May 5 '17 at 21:36
  • Also should you have a reference or ideally a link I would be grateful. The mention of facial bits jives with Phillippe Rochat's theory of other-in-mind as first person view of self. – timtak May 6 '17 at 0:50
  • @timtak I'm not familiar with Amida. You're welcome. I'll provide references as I read Tipitaka when I find them. – Ravindranath Akila May 6 '17 at 1:44
  • How is your reading of Tipitaka coming along? The author does a lot of washing of the bodies of Buddhas, which suggests again the <body - other power> connection, and these days I have taken a new more literal reading of the Eucharist. "This is my body" may not have been referring just to the bread! – timtak Feb 9 '18 at 8:19
  • While I read the Tipitaka on and off I've not specifically looked into this matter as my main focus has been understanding The Four Noble Truths. – Ravindranath Akila Feb 10 '18 at 14:41

The only time I can think of mention of an 'other power', is perhaps in Zen's Gateless Gate book of Koan's where there is mention in #42 of a girl next to the Buddha. I think that this "girl" may be Amida (who is neutre) but it is only a guess.

There is so the bull in Zen's ten pictures of the bull. It is a sort of pair to self and dissappears when enlightenment is achieved.

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