Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

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Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby retrofuturist » Sun May 16, 2010 4:07 am

Greetings,

I believe there is some debate about whether or not the Buddha went to Sri Lanka.

What evidence is there for and against the statement that the Buddha went to Sri Lanka?

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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby alan » Sun May 16, 2010 4:47 am

Sure would have been a long walk!

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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby retrofuturist » Sun May 16, 2010 5:54 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby mythree » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:54 pm

but i think there is a special significance in buddha and Sri lanka. beacuse lot of buddha's realtives came to sri lanka ( including princess Bhaddha kachchana).
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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby cooran » Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:25 pm

Hello all,

I believe it is highly likely. The Buddha could see into the future and would have realised just how important Sri Lanka would be in the preservation and proclamation of the true dhamma, vinaya and abhidhamma.

It wouldn't have been a difficult feat - for the Buddha or his realised great disciples. No more difficult than walking into another room.

"Again, Udayin, I have proclaimed to my disciples the way to wield the various kinds of supernormal power: Having been one, they become many; having been many, they become one; they appear and vanish; they go unhindered through walls, through enclosures, through mountains, as though through space; they dive inand out of the earth as though it were water; they walk on water without sinking as though it were earth; seated cross-legged, they travel in space like birds; with their hands they touch and stroke the moon and sun so powerful and mighter; they wield bodily mastery even as far as the Brahma-world; ....." MN 77.14 Mahasakuludayi Sutta The Greater Discourse to Sakuludayin

I know there was mention of disappearing from one place and appearing in others to talk to disciples in some suttas - one of whom was killed by a cow shortly afterwards - can't think of the exact one at the moment.
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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby Sekha » Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:26 pm

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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:37 pm

i think he said he could know anything he set his mind to, someone would have to find that in the suttas though
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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:03 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby Maitri » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:59 am

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Even so, on the rubbish heap of blinded mortals the disciple of the Supremely Enlightened One shines resplendent in wisdom." Dhammapada: Pupphavagga


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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby EricJ » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:45 am

If the Buddha saw fit to visit Sri Lanka, why wouldn't he have visited other places in the world, propagating the Dhamma over the entire world?
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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby Ben » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:55 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:13 am

went to siam quite a bit too, the northern part at least
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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby EricJ » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:25 am

Okay, I will revise my question. Why wouldn't the Buddha have visited places which are not historically Theravadin? Like the Scandinavian peninsula or the Amazon rainforest?
I do not want my house to be walled in on sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.- Gandhi

With persistence aroused for the highest goal's attainment, with mind unsmeared, not lazy in action, firm in effort, with steadfastness & strength arisen, wander alone like a rhinoceros.

Not neglecting seclusion, absorption, constantly living the Dhamma in line with the Dhamma, comprehending the danger in states of becoming, wander alone like a rhinoceros.
- Snp. 1.3

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Re: Did the Buddha go to Sri Lanka?

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:32 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine


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