Phra Malai / Malaya

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Phra Malai / Malaya

Postby plwk » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:56 am

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I was reminded upon this reading on Phra Malai that I have heard of some years back and wonder if this is another one of those 'post canonical' effort or character personification on certain aspects of the Dhamma?
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Phra Malai / Malaya

Postby steve19800 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:45 am

Sorry to bump this. Has anyone read any of this story?

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Re: Phra Malai / Malaya

Postby Bakmoon » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:12 pm

Phra Malai is just the Theravadin adaptation of the Mahayana Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, who in Mahayana Buddhism is associated with liberating beings from hell.

A lot of Mahayana Bodhisattvas have been incorporated like that into the Theravada tradition like Samantabhadra and Avalokiteshvara, so it's not surprising that Ksitigarbha is as well.
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.


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