On Metteyya Buddha

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On Metteyya Buddha

Postby plwk » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:49 am

Two things...

Firstly, does anyone know what's the source text for this?
http://reluctant-messenger.com/gospel_b ... ter_96.htm
And Ananda, suppressing his tears, said to the Blessed One: "Who shall teach us when thou art gone?" [12]

And the Blessed One replied:
"I am not the first Buddha who came upon earth, nor shall I be the last.
In due time another Buddha will arise in the world, a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men,
a master of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you.
He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at the climax, and glorious at the goal, in the spirit and in the letter.
He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure; such as I now proclaim." [13]

Ananda said: "How shall we know him?" [14]
The Blessed One said: "He will be known as Metteyya, which means 'he whose name is kindness.'" [15]

The only Sutta text that I know which mentions on Metteyya is here

And secondly, this. What do you think of this 'selective spin master'?
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: On Metteyya Buddha

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:19 am

plwk wrote:Two things...

Firstly, does anyone know what's the source text for this?
http://reluctant-messenger.com/gospel_b ... ter_96.htm
And Ananda, suppressing his tears, said to the Blessed One: "Who shall teach us when thou art gone?" [12]

And the Blessed One replied:
"I am not the first Buddha who came upon earth, nor shall I be the last.
In due time another Buddha will arise in the world, a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom in conduct, auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men,
a master of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you.
He will preach his religion, glorious in its origin, glorious at the climax, and glorious at the goal, in the spirit and in the letter.
He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure; such as I now proclaim." [13]

Ananda said: "How shall we know him?" [14]
The Blessed One said: "He will be known as Metteyya, which means 'he whose name is kindness.'" [15]

The only Sutta text that I know which mentions on Metteyya is here
The Gospel of Buddha, by Paul Carus was written 1894. Carus drew from the various translations available to him at the time to give us a "scripture" modeled upon the Gospels. What we see in his work is an expression of his monistic philosophy. The book was a pioneering work at the time, in that is was a popular effort that brought the idea of the Buddha and his life and teachings into popular culture. It is, however, not by any stretch of the imagination a reliable source for understanding the Buddha's teachings. It can be ignored.

And secondly, this. What do you think of this 'selective spin master'?
He is worthy of being ignored.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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