Questions tagged [buddhas]

Questions about the nature or characteristics of Buddhas in general, rather than a specific individual.

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What is a wrathful Buddha?

In reading this answer to another question there were many references to "the peaceful and wrathful buddhas" in the quote from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This is a tradition that I'm not very ...
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Difference between Pacceka Buddha and Arahant?

The Sammasambuddha (Skt: Samyaksambuddha) is also an Arahant according to the Dhajagga Sutta. Is the Pacceka Buddha (Skt: Pratyeka Buddha) also an Arahant? What's the difference between Pacceka ...
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At what point in the path is one able to recall their past lives?

In most traditions of Buddhism there is talk of the Buddha, or various Bodhisattvas talking about their past lives. At what point in the path to enlightenment is the ability to remember ones past ...
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What exactly was the difference between Alara Kalama & uddaka rāmaputta teachings?

Correct me if I am wrong. Siddharth went to Alara Kalama, who told him to focus on his breath in order to get rid of Feelings, (Buddha achieved Alara Kalama level in 2 months), Now he told his ...
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Is Jesus considered to be a buddha?

I was wondering what main stream Buddhism think of Jesus, was he a buddha? Can anyone tell me where Jesus fits into Buddhism?
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Buddhas vs bodhisattvas vs arhats vs devas vs brahmas

What are differences between these entities? I understand they all are entities that they posses some abilities that normal humans don't have. Are there any other similar entities that might be easily ...
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Why can't private buddhas just tell people what they did to achieve enlightenment

I mean I don't know if they do but apparently private buddhas don't put forth a teaching, so my question is why can't they just tell people what they did to attain enlightenment.
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Teachings from Buddhas other than Gautama

I asked this question earlier: What "religions" did previous Buddhas practice? Now I'm wondering if any teachings from earlier (or later) Buddhas have been passed down to our time. And if ...
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What enters the mind of an idle Buddha?

What enters the mind of a Buddha when left idle? Suppose a Buddha were confined to a hospital bed or prison cell. One cannot remain within the conditioned states of jhana indefinitely. If one is ...
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Why is Budai often associated with the future Buddha Maitreya?

Many times I've heard of Budai (pictured below) being associated with Maitreya, the future Buddha. Why is this so and how widespread is this belief? Wikipedia lists a short verse uttered before Budai'...
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How many Buddhas are there?

If you believe in Shakyamuni Buddha the answer is No, because Buddha was clear about the previous Buddha Kassapa and the next Buddha Maytreia If that's the case, then buddha must be very few in ...
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What are the Eighteen Buddha Attributes?

There are Eighteen Buddha Attributes, that belong only to a perfectly enlightened Buddha. What are they?
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Are “Saya Asadharana Nana” part of Nibbana?

Buddha's knowledge or Wisdom which cannot be achieved by his disciples comprises six kinds. They are called the Saya Asadharana Nana. Did the Buddha attain them at the same moment he attained Nibbana?...
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If a Buddha exists then can a private buddha arise or exist somewhere in the same world system without having learned from the current Buddha?

The question is in the title. Or is he just known as an arahant?
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Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system?

Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system? Buddhism: An Atheistic and Anti-Caste Religion? Modern Ideology and Historical Reality of the Ancient Indian Bauddha Dharma by Edmun Weber Hans ...
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Is their any Age limit to become a Buddha?

we all know Prince Siddartha, about 29 years old when he began his quest for enlightenment. His quest was accomplished about six years later, when he was in his mid-30s became Lord Buddha. so my ...