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Question About Buddha and Buddhahood .

Postby Arab Buddhist » Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:40 am

Hello dhamma friends .

I have question
Can Buddha contact with us from Nirvana ? Like given us inspiration or guidance ?

Why Theravada practice to Attain Arahat stage not Buddhahood ?
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Re: Question About Buddha and Buddhahood .

Postby Dan74 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:24 pm

Hi Arab Buddhist! :hello:

I am not the best person to answer these questions, but for what it's worth my understanding is as follows

1. There is no record of such a thing, as far as I know, but then again, what is the Buddha now? Do we understand what happened to him at parinibbana? Is Buddhahood confined to Siddhartha or other enlightened masters are included here?

2. This is more from a Mahayana polemic. Theravadins would not accept that they aim for anything short of full liberation and that there is something beyond that.

Personally I'd say that these questions are not directly relevant to my practice - I prefer to focus on the challenges that are here and now and avoid speculating.

All the best!
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Re: Question About Buddha and Buddhahood .

Postby Arab Buddhist » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:56 pm

Dan74 wrote:Hi Arab Buddhist! :hello:

I am not the best person to answer these questions, but for what it's worth my understanding is as follows

1. There is no record of such a thing, as far as I know, but then again, what is the Buddha now? Do we understand what happened to him at parinibbana? Is Buddhahood confined to Siddhartha or other enlightened masters are included here?

2. This is more from a Mahayana polemic. Theravadins would not accept that they aim for anything short of full liberation and that there is something beyond that.

Personally I'd say that these questions are not directly relevant to my practice - I prefer to focus on the challenges that are here and now and avoid speculating.

All the best!


Thank you for your answer dear Dan47
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Re: Question About Buddha and Buddhahood .

Postby plwk » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:18 pm

Can Buddha contact with us from Nirvana ? Like given us inspiration or guidance ?
He who sees Dhamma, Vakkali, sees me; he who sees me sees Dhamma.
Truly seeing Dhamma, one sees me; seeing me one sees Dhamma.
Vakkali Sutta

You yourselves must strive; the Buddhas only point the way.
Those meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara.
Dhammapada: Maggavagga
Why Theravada practice to Attain Arahat stage not Buddhahood ?
Is Theravada Buddhism for Arahantship Only? , Buddha Sutta & The Buddha & The Arahant
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: Question About Buddha and Buddhahood .

Postby Arab Buddhist » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:22 pm

plwk wrote:
Can Buddha contact with us from Nirvana ? Like given us inspiration or guidance ?
He who sees Dhamma, Vakkali, sees me; he who sees me sees Dhamma.
Truly seeing Dhamma, one sees me; seeing me one sees Dhamma.
Vakkali Sutta

You yourselves must strive; the Buddhas only point the way.
Those meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara.
Dhammapada: Maggavagga
Why Theravada practice to Attain Arahat stage not Buddhahood ?
Is Theravada Buddhism for Arahantship Only? , Buddha Sutta & The Buddha & The Arahant


Thank my dear friend PLWK
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