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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 ...


11

Anger is eradicated at the 3rd stage(Anagami) of enlightenment. Lord Buddha is fully enlightened. It is impossible to make him or any other being who has reached or passed the stage of Anagami, angry.


9

Prior to the Buddha (born 563 or 480 BCE), was the historical Vedic religion (1750 - 500 BCE), followed by the shramanic movement (500 - 200 BCE), and the beginnings of the Upanishadic movement within Hinduism (500 - 200 BCE). Buddhism is also considered to be part of the shramanic movement. Vedanta came later as part of Classical Hinduism (200 BCE - 1100 CE)...


8

As others have said, the Buddha would not have gotten angry. There are however, suttas which show his sternness such as Kucchivikara-vatthu: The Monk with Dysentery In this sutta, the Buddha and Venerable Ananda come across a very sick and neglected monk lying in his own filth in a monastery. The Buddha shows compassion and along with Ananda cleans the sick ...


8

Of course there is connection between Lord Buddha and Hinduism! Lord Buddha grew up studying many teachings of Hinduism as well as Jainism. But he was not satisfied with the answers he was getting. He found that some of the Hinduist teachings were confusing or not applicable to practical life - and he also found that some of the Brahmin priests were corrupt ...


6

There's no belief for a Buddha. A Buddha is omniscient. He knows what is right and what is wrong by direct knowledge. Yes, the Buddha did uphold certain religious practices of the time which are congenial to the path. ex: The five precepts, 13 Dutangas, attainment of the Janas He also rejected many false views which the contemporary religions were based ...


6

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 ...


6

No. There is no known record of Gautama Buddha meeting Mahavira (also known as Nigantha Nataputta in the Pali Canon). Jains are known as Niganthas in the Pali Canon. It appears however that Mahavira was indeed alive but very old at the time of the Buddha according to DN2: Your majesty, there is Nigantha Nataputta, the leader of a community, the leader ...


5

The Ariyapariyesana Sutta: The Noble Search is a partial description of his quest for enlightenment. It contains passages like the following, "Having thus gone forth in search of what might be skillful, seeking the unexcelled state of sublime peace, I went to Alara Kalama and, on arrival, said to him: 'Friend Kalama, I want to practice in this ...


5

The quoted passage sounds vaguely like the last paragraph of Ud 8.5 the Cunda Sutta. For example you quoted, You have done what is good and wholesome ... after death you will be reborn in a happy destination Thanissaro's version of that, Cunda's remorse should be allayed ... it's well-done by you ... Venerable Cunda the silversmith has accumulated ...


5

Asking questions is interesting in Buddhism; the Buddha had his own version of the Socratic method, and many of the discourses are comprised of back and the Buddha asking questions in order to lead his audience to their own wisdom. See, for example, the Anatta-lakkhana Sutta, the Buddha's second discourse: "Bhikkhus, how do you conceive it: is form ...


4

From DN 30 - Marks of the Superman: There are thirty-two special marks of the Super-man, brethren, and for the Superman possessing them two careers lie open, and none other. If he live the life of the House, he becomes Monarch, Turner of the Wheel, a righteous Lord of the Right, Ruler of the four quarters, Conqueror, Guardian of the people’s good, Owner ...


4

It's unlikely. It's reported that Gotama spent 6 years training all sorts of things before he achieved Nirvana. This training involved studying under other ascetics and practicing austerity. Presumably he learned a lot during these times, though emphasis seem to be on things he learned that weren't fruitful. But things that aren't fruitful aren't the whole ...


4

Marrying within the family was common in many parts of the ancient world, especially among royalty. The Buddha’s family was no exception. Yasodharā (who married Siddhārtha who went on to become the Buddha) and Devadatta were children of Suppabuddha. Suppabuddha was Siddhārtha’s uncle, being the brother of the sisters Māya (Siddhartha’s birth mother) and ...


3

There is no connection between Buddha and hinduism. Buddha the awaken and intelligent had denied Vedas and the brahmanas which were the main religious books of Hindus saying that it was not based on facts and logics. He said no to veda then how can he tell aomething about bhagavatgeetha.. bhagavatgeetha is simply a story what did he had to do with it. He ...


3

There is also the concept of Pratyekabuddhas or a private Buddha. This is a being who achieves enlightenment on their own and then does not go on to spread the Dharma as Gautama Buddha did during his 50 year ministry in Northern India. So in the sense of spreading the Dharma, this being would be seen as less great than the Buddha's proper. Certainly in ...


3

That's told in this biographical summary of Ananda: The Buddha was never to give him any choice food or garment (*) gotten by him, nor appoint for him a separate "fragrant cell" (residence), nor include him in the invitations accepted by the Buddha. Further he was to be allowed to accept invitations on behalf of the Buddha; to bring to the Buddha those who ...


3

There are some differences of opinion between the different schools on this kind of thing. First of all, the Theravada school doesn't accept the idea that the Buddha has knowledge of everything (which Mahayana schools tend to teach) but instead teach that the Buddha possesses unobstructed knowledge and vision, meaning that the Buddha had the ability to find ...


3

We ask a question when we do not know. To some questions the answer is definite and there is no other interpretation and it accords with the Buddha's dhamma. To other questions of morality/ethic (sila) then it is relative to the person. Buddhist monks keep the 227 rule; 8 preceptors, the 8 precepts; and ordinary people, 5 precepts. Even within the first ...


3

No, there are no schools that claim this. All the schools accept that there were previous Buddhas before Buddha Shakyamuni and that there will be Buddhas after him as well.


3

Without looking too deeply, it seems that the word "visākhapuṇṇamadivase" (day of the full moon of Visākha) only appears in the commentaries. I don't think there is any canonical reference to that date; though I can't think offhand of any sutta that is precisely self-dated.


3

In the Buddhist scriptures there are references to the Buddha or one of his disciples meeting and debating with Jains. In virtually every instance the Buddha or one of his disciples wins the debate and the Jain converts to Buddhism. A less than favorable light is also portrayed to the founder of Jainism, Mahavira. When we compare the vast amount of ...


3

"Ending suffering" is a red haring caused by older translations of the Pali word Dukkha. It is a word which has not survived in Western Indo-European languages, but its antonym "Sukkha" is the root for our word "Sugar" in English, "Sucre" in French and "Zucker" in German, all meaning "sweet". Later translators preferred to either leave the term ...


2

The Buddha cannot get angry. Thus, he never acts upon it. The Buddha is completely liberated from suffering.


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These are things we can only speculate. There later works which might have covered these topics though, but cannot vouch for how accurate they are. Best cause of action by a Buddhist is to practice the Dhamma to gain realisation and wisdom. Who know, perhaps you might get some insight into this also. (Don't make it your goal to find these type of answers, ...


2

The Drikung Kagyu Buddhist (Tibetan) has the answer I most think I understand. Each sentient being has "Buddha Nature", like gold undiscovered underground. When the "dross" or accumulated defilements that cause samsara are removed, only the "gold" or enlightenment remains. This unpolluted nature (sometimes called the "natural" nature) is "nirvana". Another ...


2

Does the Bodhi tree actually have medicinal properties as some Buddhists claim? Maybe it does? For example, Phytopharmacology of Ficus religiosa references studies which say it does. I can't judge whether these are good/reliable studies (questioning the reliability of those studies might be a good question for Skeptics.SE if you really want to pursue it). ...


2

The Buddha's final days and death are described in the Maha-parinibbana Sutta I don't see anything there quite like the quote you mentioned. According to the sutta, the Buddha's final words were: Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness! Concerning the final meal, the text says that the ...


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