What is the view of Lord Buddha in Theravada (classical and modern)? In later traditions he is seen as a super-human and almost god like. My understanding so far of Theravada and the suttas is that he was just a man who discovered nibbana, however this is based on my own understandings and readings so incase i am wrong i thought i would ask here
In Mahayana, he's sometimes treated as being like an all-powerful, omnipresent creator god.
In Theravada, it isn't fair to say that he's simply treated as a man who discovered Nibbana, even if some modern Theravadins might treat him that way. The suttas describe various miracles, which traditional Theravadins take literally.
The Buddha denied being both a man or being a god (see here
MN 12 clarifies the specifics of the Buddha's powers (the "ten powers of a Tathagata"):http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .ntbb.html
"The Buddha-range of Buddhas," is also one of the four imponderables, which seems fairly intuitive: If you had the capacity for understanding the scope of a Buddha's knowledge, you too would be a Buddha. But if you were a Buddha and had the capacity for such understanding, you wouldn't ask the question in the first place. So, it's a perplexing philosophical question without a real, comforting, or useful answer.