Do transformation bodies appear before a buddha reaches enlightenment?

So that the many bodies of Shakyamuni that the fan Wang ching (Sutra of Brahmas net) claims Vairocana manifests may have appeared before our Gautama Buddha?

If the Buddha bodies do not all manifest at the same time then can two transformation bodies of the same Buddha appear in what will be the same Buddha field, at different times?

I'm interested because I want to understand the lotus sutra and e.g. its claims about the Buddha's eternal life.

  • i've forgotten the word for what precedes a pure land, if anyone can help me with that – sorta_buddhist Feb 7 '18 at 7:42
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    if i understand your concern correctly, are you asking about 佛剎 (Fú shā)? that is the "structure" (lands, beings, things) where a Buddha abided? – Mishu 米殊 Feb 7 '18 at 15:26

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