Why did Buddha say that he was not a human being?

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Re: Why did Buddha say that he was not a human being?

Postby chownah » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:02 pm

I said that no one knows the contents of the buddha's DNA. This is a pretty simple statement. If you do not understand this then I suggest you go do some reading about how DNA and the genetic machinery work before attempting to discuss this....
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Re: Why did Buddha say that he was not a human being?

Postby clw_uk » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:08 pm

Because to be human is to identify with that which does (the 5 aggregates)


Since he no longer identified with them, he was no longer "human"

The body, thoughts and feelings etc were there but they were empty of "I"
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Re: Why did Buddha say that he was not a human being?

Postby binocular » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:07 am

chownah wrote:I said that no one knows the contents of the buddha's DNA. This is a pretty simple statement. If you do not understand this then I suggest you go do some reading about how DNA and the genetic machinery work before attempting to discuss this....

If your line of reasoning is that it is DNA that defines a being, then that's just nihilistic reasoning that reduces a being to mere aggregates.
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Re: Why did Buddha say that he was not a human being?

Postby chownah » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:36 pm

binocular wrote:
chownah wrote:I said that no one knows the contents of the buddha's DNA. This is a pretty simple statement. If you do not understand this then I suggest you go do some reading about how DNA and the genetic machinery work before attempting to discuss this....

If your line of reasoning is that it is DNA that defines a being, then that's just nihilistic reasoning that reduces a being to mere aggregates.

That is not my line of reasoning but even if it was I don't see how it is necessarily nihilistic.
Also, didn't the Buddha in a certain sense reduce all beings to aggregates?........namely the concept of self reduced to the clinging aggregates?
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Re: Why did Buddha say that he was not a human being?

Postby binocular » Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:12 pm

There is already at least one no-self / not-self thread that discusses just this.
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