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Shakyamuni Buddha was not the first. In the Diamond Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha said: ...before I met Dipankara Buddha, I had made offerings to and had been attendant of all 84,000 million Buddhas...


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Gautama Buddha had various teachers in using different paths to seek his spiritual goal, but in each case he found those other ways defective. He wished to find a way to end the suffering of all beings, so after trying those other paths, he sat under the Bodhi Tree with the firm intention to not get up until he had found what he was looking for. And he ...


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Good householder, there had been serial Buddhas before our Gotama Buddha. In a world/cosmos-period there might appear a Samma-Sambuddha who is capable to point out the way out of suffering, Samsara. When there is no full self-awakened Buddha and the Dhamma (his teaching) is unknown, there may appear so called Paccekabuddhas (Privat-Buddhas), who, althought ...


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In modern times, Eckhart Tolle reports spontaneous awakening as a result of a sudden realisation that came out of intense suffering. As far as I am aware he was uninfluenced by Buddhism and underwent none of its training or techniques. There are different types of realisations.Which one he went through I don’t know. I understand that the Buddha sat under a ...


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The Dona sutta does not say that Buddha was a human being. It actually says the opposite, that he was not a human. "No, brahman, I am not a human being." The Pali canon does not explicitly say Maya was a 'virgin' but certainly implies that he was conceived without sexual intercourse. At any rate the canon very clearly indicates that the the ...


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