Would you have recognized the Buddha?

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Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby Wind » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:41 am

One of my favorite story in the Pai Canon is the Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta. It tells about a clansman name Pukkusati who was a follower of the Buddha even though he had not meet the Buddha in person but have only heard of him and his teaching. He was in search of the Buddha. The story follows that on one particular night, he encounter the Buddha but of course he did not know who he was. The Buddha taught him the Dhamma and only then did he recognize the Buddha. So it got me thinking, would I have recognize the Buddha had I encounter him? Would you? I guess in our time, it would be the equivalent of saying would you have recognize an Arahant if you met one?

Here is the link to the story:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

I love the ending.
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Re: Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby kc2dpt » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:22 pm

I dunno. There's a lot of cues not conveyed in the written text. How something is spoken, how the body is held, other intangible cues. I have heard teachings given in an admirable way and I've heard the same teachings given in an unadmirable way. So I guess I'm saying... I'd have to be there.

I can tell you a perhaps related story. Back before I was a Buddhist, I had read a lot of Buddhist teachings but I was not inspired to implement them. Then I by chance met a monk. His demeanor, his composure, his way of speaking all impressed me and led me to think that if Buddhism made him who he was then maybe there was something to these teachings worth implementing. That was the key event which led to my becoming a Buddhist.

I imagine meeting the Buddha would be something like that. You'd feel something which would inspire you to listen to what he had to say, to learn it and to implement it.
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Re: Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby Sanghamitta » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:00 pm

Such an important point. The huge impact there can be in being in the same room as someone who lives the teachings. I had a similar experience, I had read a lot. then I met a particular Bhikkhu who lived the teachings and was inspired . No matter how long it took I wanted to be like that.
Later I met many of the nuns at Chithurst and was similarly inspired.
I would imagine that meeting the Buddha must have been like that multiplied greatly.
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Re: Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby Wind » Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:24 pm

You guys have really touch on an important point. How meeting someone who is the embodiment of the noble way could be a life changing inspiration. It reveal more reasons why so many bramins and householders became the Buddha's disciple because of the encounter with him and also why the Buddha encourage us to associate with a wise teacher or friend. It really does make a difference.
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Re: Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby Goedert » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:48 am

Sure it does friend, Sure it does...

The presence of a living being say so much. The body movement and face show many things for the wise.

That was the impression that I have when seeing Bhante G. A living example for humankind.
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Re: Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby Sherab » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:54 am

There were many who did not recognize the Buddha while he was on this earth. So why would we not be one of them? I think the answer lies in whether we have the causes and conditions to recognize the Buddha as Buddha.
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Re: Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby Wind » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:44 am

Goedert wrote:Sure it does friend, Sure it does...

The presence of a living being say so much. The body movement and face show many things for the wise.

That was the impression that I have when seeing Bhante G. A living example for humankind.


Who is Bhante G? :smile:
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Re: Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:48 am

Wind wrote:
Who is Bhante G? :smile:


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Re: Would you have recognized the Buddha?

Postby Wind » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:02 am

Thanks jc, that is a mighty big picture. It's like Bhante just pop out of laptop screen. :lol:


Bhante does have a very gentle smile.
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