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Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby Individual » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:37 pm

Why can't there be more than one Buddha at a time?
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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby genkaku » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:18 am

Who said there wasn't?
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Postby Prasadachitta » Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:32 am

"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:43 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: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby Prasadachitta » Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:06 am

Thank you Dhammanando

Thank you Retro

Does that mean a Buddha can arise at the same time in another world system?

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"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby Individual » Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:47 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Postby Prasadachitta » Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:10 am

"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby gavesako » Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:59 am

The belief in many Buddhas existing (in different world-spheres perhaps) at the same time has spread all over SE Asia and meditators report encounters with these Buddhas (sometimes in order to receive instructions or, which is more important, to make a bodhisattva-vow in their presence). There are also some chants which are directed at these presently existing Buddhas, e.g. in Thailand "atiitaa ... anaagataa ... paccuppannaa ca ye buddhaa". But these are obviously later developments.
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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:38 pm

Short answer: There can only be one samma-sam-buddha at a time, because there is only one 'discoverer.' A samma-sam-buddha comes when / after the Dhamma has died-out. There is only one 'discoverer' of something, be it the car, the computer, the Dhamma.

There can be other enlightened ones, such as arahants.
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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby pink_trike » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:33 am

There may be 100 billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way, or one for every sun-type star in the galaxy, said Alan Boss, an astronomer with the Carnegie Institution and author of the new book "The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets."

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby Individual » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:11 am

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

Postby Prasadachitta » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:43 am

"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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Re: Why can there be only one Buddha at at time?

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