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Buddhism teaches that all misbeliefs(beliefs that block the path to Nibbana) are variations of 2 fundamental misbeliefs. Sasvatha Vada - Eternalism Uchcheda Vada - Nihilism What Jesus preached falls under Sasvatha Vada. Hinduism and Islam are also in the same category. So he couldn't have been even an average Buddhist teacher, let alone a Buddha. Besides, ...


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As a preliminary, there are two issues to deal with first that can hinder a search for linkages between Jesus and Buddhism. First, it's important to note that the religion associated with Jesus -- Christianity -- is just as forked and complex as the "religion" commonly known as Buddhism. To insiders in both, there are many differences, both significant and ...


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Because they themselves don't know. It's not like when you become enlightened you automatically understand what happened; the only necessary difference is that you no longer have any craving for anything. Actually understanding how you got there takes a much greater degree of wisdom. It's much like having an epiphany - you realize something about your life, ...


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No! All Sammasambuddhas are equal in their attainment of Buddhahood. They are all omniscient, equal in virtue, concentration and wisdom. However the time they take to cultivate Paramitha might vary from Bodhisatva to Bodhisatva. There are three classes of Bodhisattvas, namely; Intellectual Bodhisattvas (Pannadhika), Devotional Bodhisattvas (Saddhadhika) and ...


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In MN 71, the Buddha clarifies the meaning of his omniscience to the wandering ascetic Vacchagotta: Vaccha: ‘Venerable sir, I have heard this said: The recluse Gotama is all knowing and all seeing and acknowledges remainderless knowledge and vision in this manner, ‘while walking, standing, lying or awake, constantly and continually knowledge and vision is ...


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Buddha is a completely self-enlightened one (without help from another Buddha, direct or indirect). Bodhisattva (in Theravada) is a being on its way to enlightenment. Bodhisattva (in Mahayana) is an awakened being who vowed to indefinitely stick in Samsara for the sake of others. Arhat (in Theravada) is a completely enlightened person (thanks to a Buddha's ...


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If you are "a faithful believer in Buddha's teachings" you have missed his point entirely. You should not believe a single thing. Instead, your own experience should lead you to your own conclusions. This is what Buddha left behind. Techniques for waking up, so that you may dissolve into pure experience, as did he and countless others. Only you can save ...


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They do know. They're just not comfortable with teaching. In Chapter III, karika 94c of Abhidharmakosabhasya, Vasubandhu explains that Pratyekabuddhas do not teach others because teaching Dharma requires pushing the students "against the current" to "make them understand the profound Dharma", which "is a difficult thing" and causes "turmoil" to ...


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Yes, the historical Buddha is said to have related teachings of other Buddhas; one that stands out is the Amagandha Sutta, which relates the teaching of Kassapa Buddha. Another is MN 81, which relates some aspects of Kassapa Buddha's life, and some words of Kassapa Buddha: “The king thought: ‘The Blessed One Kassapa, [51] accomplished and fully enlightened, ...


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There had been infinite number of Buddhas before and there will be many more. In this Kalpa, We already have four Buddhas and there will be one more Buddha. That's why this Kalpa is called Bhadda-kappa. Extracted it from here. In the current kalpa, it is said we are fortunate to have experienced five Buddhas. Kusanda Buddha, Konagamana Buddha, ...


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I think when discussing this kind of thing it is to start seeing connections where there are none. However I would like to give a more positive response to the question. If I can address this side of the question Can anyone tell me where Jesus fits into Buddhism? Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a lovely book about the parallels between the Buddha and Jesus called ...


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The Buddhist path is the Noble 8 Fold Path which is divided into Morality Mastery over the mind Wisdom (Three fold training.) You should start by leading a moral life, develop mastery over out mind without being a slave to it, then practice Vipassana gain Wisdom. This intern helps you strengthen you morality and so on and so forth. In addition you have ...


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(I'm writing this in the spirit of providing a factual answer instead of preaching how people should strive to get along by seeing similarities in religions that may or may not be there.) No. That's a different religion. We search for commonality amongst world religions so we don't have to hate on each other, but the religions are different. To quote two ...


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There's no official stance towards Jesus as far as I know, in any tradition. The reason is that these traditions were established well before Christianity's existence was even known. Christianity took thousand of years to reach East Asia, for instance. But from my personal point of view (which is a Japanese Pure Land point of view) I will say that I believe ...


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According to the Mahayana text the Lotus Sutra, the number of Buddhas are innumerable. In fact a significant proportion of the text is spent emphasising just how many Buddhas (and Bodhisattvas) there are and just how many world systems they cover. This is just from the introduction and the nun Yasodharâ, the mother of Râhula, along with her train; (...


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Instead of taking second hand opinions I suggest you got directly to the source, to the instructions given by the Buddha himself. The Dantabhumi Sutta is a discourse with a great narrative and fully outlines the training taught by the Buddha to reach enlightenment. Here it is: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.125.horn.html


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This is a Mahayana question and I'll answer it as such. The cosmology of the Amitabha Buddha is described as something akin to an infinite number of parallel universes (or galaxies, the cosmology isn't or wasn't trying to be accurate in the astrophysics), each with a Buddha. The Buddha of each universe arise and disappear to be replaced by a new one, the ...


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Does he want to be a Buddha? I think it's usually expressed as a negative: Life (or the experience of life) is unsatisfactory when you're not a Buddha; many examples of its being unsatisfactory include poverty, illness, death, separation from people and things you love, inability to have what you want, inability to keep what you have, failure to do what ...


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Crying can be caused due to both physical and mental reasons. Physical reasons: Irritation in the eyes. Sickness affecting the eyes. Side effects of strong medication or extremely spicy food. Mental reasons: Sadness(obvious sadness and the sadness disguised as compassion), depression, aversion to pain, fear Clinging to happy/pleasant/joyful states of the ...


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The question has two parts. Why only one Buddha? This is only in the Theravāda. In other Buddhist schools two, five, or up to millions of Buddhas can be seen. Two in the White Lotus, Five in the five Buddha Maṇḍala (featuring Vairocana Tathāgata, Akṣobhya Tathāgata, Ratnasambhava Tathāgata, Amitābha Tathāgata, and Amoghasiddhi Tathāgata), and an infinite ...


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The Pali scriptures describe 4 levels of enlightenment, which equate to 4 levels of Nibbana. The Nakhasikha Sutta states in the 1st level of enlightenment the vast majority of the previous suffering has been ended & extinguished. Many Buddhist practitioners have tasted Nibbana (freedom from suffering). However, I suspect those that have reached the ...


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Sammasambuddha - Omniscient and has attained nibbana(enlightenment) on his own without the teaching of another. Preaches the Dhamma and guides other beings to Nibbana. Had cultivated Paramitas in three ways for a minimum period of "Sara(4) Asankya Kalpa Lakshaya" as a Bodhisatva. More than one Sammasambuddha cannot exist in the world at the same time. Always ...


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You don't follow someone else's instructions to become a Buddha. That even goes against the definition. :) Buddhavamsa contains a nice description about Paramitas. You can cultivate the mind according to that, but there's no guarantee that you will reach the goal until your aspiration is verified by another Buddha. Maithriya Buddha is the last Buddha to ...


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In response to your question, may I ask what are we saving ourselves from? Samsara is an endless (and beginningless) grinding cycle where all beings are being agonized by myriad forms of suffering (Dukkha). However, Samsara, and even higher realms of existence are illusionary, how can one be saved from an illusion? Here is an excellent analogy I read from ...


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Powers are generally orthogonal to insight. Most enlightened people have some powers, but not all people with powers are enlightened. The six higher powers (chalabhiññā) include the cessation of ignorance, leading to becoming an arhat and the knowledge of past lives. Thus theoretically one can be an arhat but not have knowledge of past lives, if one isn't ...


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In Theravada tradition, a Buddha appears in this world only after the teachings of the previous Buddha completely vanishes. It is also mentioned that the teachings of a Buddha will survive after his parinibbāna only if he teaches the Vinaya pitaka.


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Omniscience or Sabbannuta Nana is one of six knowledges exclusive to a Sammasambuddha: A Supreme Buddha possesses 6 kinds of knowledge not shared by others. These Incomparable Qualities are: Asaya-anusaya Nana: Knowledge of the inclinations and latent/inherent tendencies of all beings. Indriya-paropariyatti Nana: Knowledge of the mental ...


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To answer this question accurately is very difficult if you are not a scientist but often people have accidents that results in them being in a coma for an extended period, where their physical body is alive but their mind is not conscious. If the mind is not conscious at all here then that physical body is living without mind (however from a Buddhist ...


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There's no mention on the future buddhas except Metteyya buddha in the pali canon. However, there's a book, Dasabodhisattuppattikatha which was written much later than the compilation of the pali cannon, possibly influenced by Mahayana bodhisattva ideals. Here's a list of the 10 buddhas in that book. Metteyya Rāma Dhammarāja Abhibhū Dīghasonī Cankī Subha ...


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simply answer is No, Jesus is considered as son of God. Buddha was a human his parents are all human and he never reborn. All Buddhas have certain features that are directly used to differentiate a Buddha from others. Those features will clear out your doubts. And the "Buddha" is a kind of designation, not a person. I found a great answer here but its ...


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