Lord Buddha in Theravada

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Lord Buddha in Theravada

Postby clw_uk » Sun Jun 28, 2009 5:24 pm


What is the view of Lord Buddha in Theravada (classical and modern)? In later traditions he is seen as a super-human and almost god like. My understanding so far of Theravada and the suttas is that he was just a man who discovered nibbana, however this is based on my own understandings and readings so incase i am wrong i thought i would ask here

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Re: Lord Buddha in Theravada

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:58 pm

Your assessment sounds about right for the Theravada. The Buddha perfected his paramitas over many lifetimes and acquired much merit over many lifetimes and even met, in one form or another the previous samma-sam-buddhas in previous lives; but basically was a man.

The Mahayana, I think, have included such things as no pain or no death, eternal being, Dharmakāya, Trikaya; which instead of disparaging those ideas, let me just say I disagree with those opinions or concepts.

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Re: Lord Buddha in Theravada

Postby Rhino » Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:28 am

With best wishes

Only in a vertical view, straight down into the abyss of his own personal existence, is a man capable of apprehending the perilous insecurity of his situation; and only a man who does apprehend this is prepared to listen to the Buddha's Teaching.

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Re: Lord Buddha in Theravada

Postby Individual » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:56 pm

The best things in life aren't things.

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Re: Lord Buddha in Theravada

Postby BlackBird » Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:52 pm

Buddha is Dhamma. See the Dhamma, see the Buddha.
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Lord Buddha in Theravada

Postby Bankei » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:44 am

Depends on who you are talking to

To some modern Thai Buddhists the Buddha, Phra Phuttajao, is a god. Some pray to the Buddha asking for favours, such as money, passing exams, business etc. Seems not much different to other religions. I have asked these Thais how can the Buddha help as he is 'gone' and have never received an adequate reply.

To modern Western 'rational' Buddhists the Buddha is like a psychologist who prescribed a way to think which reduces suffering.

A guess the Pali texts take a view mid-way between these 2 extremes.


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