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The Third-Eye in Buddhism

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The Third-Eye in Buddhism

Postby questionasker » Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:06 am

Hello everybody,

I was wondering what is your opinion on the third and it's relation to Buddhism.
Do you ever concentrate on the third-eye while meditating?
Is it a topic you never cared to much for?

Overall i just want to hear everybody's opinion on the third-eye.

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Re: The Third-Eye in Buddhism

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:24 pm

Nearly all Buddha statues have the 'third-eye' on them, which is okay, imo, as it is just symbolic for the divine eye or more appropriately for representing paññā.
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Re: The Third-Eye in Buddhism

Postby vinasp » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:21 pm

Hi everyone,

From the Buddhist Dictionary by Nyanatiloka - cakkhu - eye:

cakkhu: 'eye' s. āyatana. - The foll. 5 kinds of 'eyes' are mentioned and explained in CNid. (PTS, p. 235; the first 3 also in It. 52): 1. the physical eye (mamsa cakkhu), 2. the divine eye (dibba-cakkhu; s. abhiññā), 3. the eye of wisdom (paññā-cakkhu), 4 the eye of a Buddha (Buddha-cakkhu), 5. the eye of all-round knowledge (samanta-cakkhu; a frequent appellation of the Buddha).[End Quote]

http://www.budsas.org/ebud/bud-dict/dic_idx.htm

No mention of the Dhamma-eye (dhamma-cakkhu) which is found in several places,
for example, the First Discourse - SN 56.11
Is it the same as the "eye of wisdom"?

Regards, Vincent.

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Re: The Third-Eye in Buddhism

Postby Eccedustin » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:18 pm

I don't know exactly how the third eye is commonly defined, but I'm not aware of any evidence suggesting that such a thing exists nor have I had any personal experience with anything like that.
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Re: The Third-Eye in Buddhism

Postby Son » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:35 am

I've had experience with physical eyes (like most people), as well as the divine eye, and partially the eye of wisdom (as with many Buddhists).

The third eye in regards to Dharma should be focused on the eye of wisdom. In regards to the Buddha, obviously the eye of a Buddha applies, which sources describe gives him the ability to ascertain all sorts of things about other beings at will (he looked with the eye of a Buddha upon all sentient beings). The eye of all-round knowledge, seems to apply to the Buddha wisdom vision... Could someone clarify this? Does any arhat possess the eye of all-round knowledge, or does "all-round" imply Supreme Enlightenment (ergo Sammasambuddhahood).
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