Twin Miracles in the Canon

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Twin Miracles in the Canon

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:50 pm

Where is the context and the situation of the performing of the twin miracles described in the Canon?
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Re: Twin Miracles in the Canon

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:46 pm

Wizard in the Forest wrote:Where is the context and the situation of the performing of the twin miracles described in the Canon?
This occurs only late texts, not the suttas. Why do you ask?
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Re: Twin Miracles in the Canon

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:45 pm

Because while I've actually heard of it before, I've never seen it in the suttas, so I thought perhaps I missed it somewhere. Hehehe... that clears it up. :jumping: :goodpost:

I've maybe seen it in the Jatakas or commentarial works... but I don't remember where...
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Re: Twin Miracles in the Canon

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:29 pm

The Twin Miracle was performed on two occasions that I know of: when the Buddha came to Kapilavatthu, he performed it to subdue the pride of his relatives, and he performed it after the incident when Pindola Bhāradvāja performed miracles, and the Vinaya rule was laid down proscribing the performance of miracles by disciples. The accounts are found in the Vinaya.
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Re: Twin Miracles in the Canon

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:59 pm

Buddha's 'miracles' become more and more miraculous, the later the texts.

I was just reading today that while oral transmission doesn equate with loss of material, that it might not stop addition of new material. :o

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