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dibbacakkhu

Postby thecap » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:01 am

Hi friends

The Buddha had dibbacakkhu, but I see only Hindu folks actually talk about it.

Is there any sutta regarding this, and if not, why?
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Re: dibbacakkhu

Postby Paul Davy » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:03 am

Greetings thecap,

What is it? I don't recognise the term.

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Re: dibbacakkhu

Postby thecap » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:25 am

Hi Retro

Here's a quote from Great Disciples of the Buddha by Nyanaponika Thera: "The Venerable Anuruddha's spiritual path is marked by two prominent features: first, his mastery of the devine eye [...] The divine eye (dibbacakkhu) is so called because it is similar to the vision of the devas, which is capable of seeing objects at remote distances, behind barriers and in different dimensions of existence."

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Re: dibbacakkhu

Postby Paul Davy » Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:44 am

Greetings thecap,

It's definitely in the Visuddhimagga.

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Re: dibbacakkhu

Postby thecap » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:32 am

Thanks Retro. Do you have a link to an online version of the Visuddhimagga?

The Tipitaka seems to have only this: http://www.google.de/search?q=site%3Aaccesstoinsight.org%2Ftipitaka+"divine+eye"

The people who composed it apparently used interpolation.

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Re: dibbacakkhu

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:01 am

As far as I am aware, no online edition of the Vissudhimagga exists.
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Re: dibbacakkhu

Postby Element » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:20 am

The suttas have many teachings about the divine eye, such as MN 4 and MN 119. Many monks have divine eye. For a fee, I could tell you of some. ;)
I work with a woman who has divine eye & ear. Too bad she is a Christian missionary.

"When the mind was thus concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, rid of defilement, pliant, malleable, steady, & attained to imperturbability, I directed it to the knowledge of the passing away & reappearance of beings. I saw — by means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human — beings passing away & re-appearing, and I discerned how they are inferior & superior, beautiful & ugly, fortunate & unfortunate in accordance with their kamma:

"Monks, for one in whom mindfulness immersed in the body is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, & well-undertaken, ten benefits can be expected. Which ten?

[6] "He hears — by means of the divine ear-element, purified & surpassing the human — both kinds of sounds: divine & human, whether near or far.

[9] "He sees — by means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human — beings passing away & re-appearing, and he discerns how they are inferior & superior, beautiful & ugly, fortunate & unfortunate in accordance with their kamma:

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Re: dibbacakkhu

Postby clw_uk » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:54 pm

Dont think there is an online version of the Visuddhimagga but i know you can get it from amazon, thats where i got mine.

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Re: dibbacakkhu

Postby rowyourboat » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:38 am

A few instances I can remember from the suttas (sorry dont have links)
Ven Moggallana seeing suffering pretas while walking up a mountain
Ven Moggallana (and other monks) visiting deva worlds
Ven Anuruddha (and other mokns) conversing with devas in this world
The Buddha seeing people who needed his instructions
Dibba cackku as an outcome of satipattana practice- ven anuruddha, -as a result of first foundation (kayagatasatisutta)
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