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Buddhagosa Arahanthood

Postby karuna_murti » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:45 am

Hi Bhante Dhammanando, Hi all,

I was discussing Buddhagosa Arahanthood with my friend. He said that in Visuddhimagga, Bhadantacariya Buddhagosa expressed His aspiration to meet Ariya Metteya, while I remember Bhante Dhammanando once said it is put in Visuddhimagga by those who goes against Buddhagosa.

Can you tell me where the source of what you said, Bhante? Or anyone know where the source is?

If Buddhagosa's aspiration to meet Ariya Metteya is an addition, how can we say Visuddhimaga is a valid Atthakatha?

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Re: Buddhagosa Arahanthood

Postby Dhammanando » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:30 pm

Hi Karuna,

karuna_murti wrote:I was discussing Buddhagosa Arahanthood with my friend. He said that in Visuddhimagga, Bhadantacariya Buddhagosa expressed His aspiration to meet Ariya Metteya, while I remember Bhante Dhammanando once said it is put in Visuddhimagga by those who goes against Buddhagosa.


I didn't say that. I said that the aspiration to meet Metteyya is expressed by some Sinhalese scribe or editor, not by Buddhaghosa himself. That's why the Metteyya aspiration isn't found in the Burmese edition and why in the concluding verses the text switches from the first person to the third person.

Buddhaghosa's aspiration is:

    What store of merit has been gained by me
    Desiring establishment in this Good Dhamma
    In doing this, accepting the suggestion
    Of the venerable Sanghapāla,
    One born into the line of famous elders
    Dwelling within the Mahāvihāra,
    A true Vibhajjavādin, who is wise,
    And lives in pure simplicity, devoted
    To discipline's observance and to practice,
    Whose mind the virtuous qualities of patience,
    Mildness, lovingkindness, and so on, grace —
    By the power of that store of merit
    May every being prosper happily.
    And now just as the Path of Purification,
    With eight and fifty recitation sections
    In the text, has herewith been completed
    Without impediment, so may all those
    Who in the world depend on what is good
    Glad-hearted soon succeed without delay!

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
    — William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,
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