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No See Evil Buddha

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No See Evil Buddha

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:44 pm

Apparently in a Mon temple in Samut Sakhon
http://www.thaiphotoblogs.com/2011/09/n ... il-buddha/

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby Bonsai Doug » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:42 pm

I believe that is Phra Pidta. I think it means "eye closing."
The meaning of the Phra Pidta is to be indifferent to all external temper and emotions.
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

~ Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:46 pm

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby daverupa » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:49 pm

Maybe that Buddha is embarrassed by all the ornate carvings surrounding their seat?

;)

I kid, of course. What it does remind me of, however, is an old meditation trick that I can't remember the source of: placing the thumbs in the ears, pinching the mouth closed with the small and ring fingers, pinching the nose closed with the middle fingers, and holding the eyes closed with the forefingers. Very forcibly withdrawn, it seems.

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby befriend » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:37 pm

that is a kriya yoga technique from paramhansa yogananda tradition.
nothing can destroy a man who has lived a pure life

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby plwk » Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:13 am

Very big belly button.... :tongue:

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby alan » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:47 am

Maybe he is just ashamed at what has become of the teachings in his country.

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby Sylvester » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:03 am

Ooh, just noticed this.

As Bonsai Doug mentions, it is a "Phra Pidta". One does not typically see these represented in buchas/statuary, being more typically made as votive tablets or amulets to be portable.

"Phra Pidta" is a more current Thai name. The archaeological evidence indicate that the older Siamese appellation was Bakawambodi. This is believed to be a corruption of "Phra Gavampati", Gavampati being possibly one of the first 11 Arahants (according to the Pali Vinaya), or one of Ven Sariputta's disciples (according to the Mahasanghika Vinaya).

There's supposed to be an 11th century statue of Gavampati attested from Burma's 11th century, dedicated by King Anawrahta.

As to why it has this peculiar iconographic representation, even Ven Dhammanando could not trace its origins. The Pali tradition credits him with having stopped a tsunami in its tracks, but I can't see how that relates to his eyes being closed. :shrug:

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:09 am

Thanks Sylvester! Fascinating to hear these little historical details...

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby Sylvester » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:20 am

Ooh, tilt, you flagged out the hobby!

Shall I regale with tales of the wonders worked for those who wear their Phra Pidta amulets? Like the chap whose parachute did not open but survived the jump?

Or the Pidta amulet so powerful that the Malaysian police had to seek out its consecrator's help to neutralise the amulet that was helping its wearer escape capture? :stirthepot:

This is a very expensive hobby, especially when it involves the Pidtas consecrated by certain brand-name gurus. The transactional price could run into millions of Thai Baht...

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby plwk » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:31 am

Amulet business big bucks....why didn't I think of it....

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby kirk5a » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:58 am

"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230

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Re: No See Evil Buddha

Postby Sylvester » Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:08 am

From what I can gather from the mangled sales-pitch, the Thai "sammabart" is a corruption of "sammapatti" (attainment). Specifically, the idea that a consecrator would have been on a long retreat in a "sammabart" (making a gift to such a monk highly meritorious) leads me to think that the salesman was thinking of Nirodha Sammapatti.

PS - the Thai predilection for equating Phra Pidta with Sangkachai (Sangkachai = Sang + Kaccayana, where "Sang" is a Skt honorific used commonly in SEAsia meaning "the Venerable") doesn't really have a firm ground. Besides which, if the Thais knew their Sarvastivadin Avadanas, they'll realise that the Ven Kaccayana did not uglify himself on account of the ladies - he did it to avoid another homoerotic episode such as Sorreya's lust for his golden skin.


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