Resources concerning the Nāga

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Resources concerning the Nāga

Postby Coëmgenu » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:56 pm

Does anyone have any good resources concerning traditional Buddhist narratives of exactly what a Nāga is supposed to be?

I realize they are sort-of "divine snake-like beings", but I am wondering if anyone knows a good, in-depth, article, document, or informed discussion about traditional Buddhist narratives regarding them.

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Re: Resources concerning the Nāga

Postby crazy-man » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:52 am

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Re: Resources concerning the Nāga

Postby analogmentality » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:17 am

The Mahayana Brahmajala Sutra includes animals, and nagas and all beings that can transform between human and animal, to the bodhisattva path:

"Disciples of the Buddha, listen attentively! Whoever can understand and accept a Dharma Master's words of transmission can receive the Bodhisattva precepts and be called foremost in purity. This is true whether that person is a king, a prince, an official, a monk, a nun, or a god of the eighteen Brahma Heavens, a god of the six Desire Heavens, or a human, a eunuch, a libertine, a [sex-working person], a slave, or a member of the Eight Divisions of Divinities, a Vajra spirit, an animal, or even a transformation-being."

This list is of beings that can't be monastics, except people that can't walk or physically feed themselves, and the deformed/disfigured, which are implicitly included ("whoever can understand and accept").

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