Life of Buddha

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Life of Buddha

Post by Nicholas » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:40 pm

The Lalitavistara Sutra, translated here as Play in Full is a traditional teaching of the Prince that became a buddha. See, for example chapter 22 where, under the Bodhi Tree, he deliberately investigated karma & rebirth.

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Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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Re: Life of Buddha

Post by Nicholas » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:23 pm

Through relinquishing pleasure at that moment, and having formerly relinquished pain in the past,
both mental pleasure and displeasure vanished. Thus he settled into the fourth meditative concentration,
which is perfectly pristine impartiality and mindfulness, unconnected with pleasure or pain.

While the Bodhisattva’s mind—purified and cleansed, lucid, free of basic and subsidiary afflictions, gentle,
adaptable, and immovable—was immersed in this way, in the early station of the night he produced the
intent to actualize the knowledge that sees wisdom with the divine eye, and so he directed his mind toward
that purpose.
22. 3
The Bodhisattva, with the pristine divine eye beyond that of humans, looked at sentient beings. He saw
them dying and being born, in all their beauty and ugliness, in favorable and unfavorable circumstances,
degenerating or advancing precisely in accordance with their actions. With this understanding he thought:
[F.165.b]
“Alas! Sentient beings engage in negative physical, verbal, and mental conduct. Harboring wrong
views, they revile the noble ones. As they engage in the actions associated with wrong views, once their
bodies collapse and they die, they fall into bad migrations and are born among the hell realms. Yet other
sentient beings engage in positive physical, verbal, and mental conduct. Harboring the correct view, they
do not revile noble ones. Since they engage in the actions associated with the correct view, once their
bodies collapse and they die, they are born into pleasant existences in the god realms.”
22. 4
In this manner, with his pristine divine eye beyond that of humans, the Bodhisattva saw sentient
beings dying and being born, in all their beauty and ugliness, in favorable and unfavorable circumstances,
degenerating and advancing, respectively, precisely in accordance with their actions. Monks, this was
indeed how, during the first station of the night, the Bodhisattva actualized knowledge, removed darkness,
and lit the light. [345]
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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Re: Life of Buddha

Post by Nicholas » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:26 pm

Then, while his mind—purified and cleansed, lucid, free of basic and subsidiary afflictions, supple, flexible,
and immovable—was immersed in this way, in the middle station of the night the Bodhisattva produced
the intent to actualize the knowledge that sees the wisdom of recollecting past lives, and so he directed his
mind toward that purpose.
22. 6
In this way he recollected the previous lives of himself and other sentient beings, starting with one,
two, three, four, and five lifetimes, then ten, twenty, thirty, forty, and fifty more lifetimes, then one
hundred lifetimes, one thousand lifetimes, one hundred thousand lifetimes, then many hundreds of
thousands of lifetimes, ten million lifetimes, a billion lifetimes, ten billion lifetimes, a trillion lifetimes,
[F.166.a] and a quadrillion lifetimes, then several billion, several tens of billions, several trillions, and
several quadrillions of lifetimes, all the way up to the lifetimes in an eon of destruction, an eon of
formation, an eon of both destruction and formation, and several eons of both destruction and formation.
He remembered the former lives of himself and others in the greatest detail, thinking:
22. 7
“In that place I had this name, this surname, this family, this caste, this diet, this lifespan, stayed for
this duration, and experienced these kinds of pleasure and pain. After falling from there, I was born here.
After falling from there, I was born here…”
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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