Astus wrote:In the Avatamsaka Sutra the Buddha's enlightenment happens in different places simultaneously. This is not the answer to the question, but maybe some useful information.
pueraeternus wrote:In contrast with Sravakayana, Mahayana asserts (AFAIK) that the place where the Buddha really attains his annuttara samsaysambodhi is not under the Bodhi tree on Jambudvipa, but in Akanistha. I have a few questions regarding this:
1. Anyone knows the earliest sutra that mentions this? I know the Lankavatara mentions this, but not sure if it is the earliest.
2. Frequently from Tantric Buddhists, we hear that this Akanistha is not the Akanistha in the Form Realm, but rather a pure land beyond the three worlds. From what I can gather, this seems to be a later interpolation, and that the earlier Mahayana sutras does mean the same place where non-returners attain Arhatship. Am I right in this? If so, anyone knows which tantra or sutra is the earliest that asserts this pureland Akanistha?
Thanks in advance.
deepbluehum wrote:Guhyagarbha Tantra. Here Akanista isn't a place but a meditation level characterized by the appearance of the five colored wisdom lights originating in the center of the heart
Astus wrote:I have looked a bit around, but besides that the Akanistha is the place for non-returners, some general books on Buddhism indicate that regarding Maitreya there were different views about his place of eventual enlightenment, however, they don't give the sources. Also, the Avatamsaka Sutra follows the general pattern of descending from Tusita and does not involve the Akanistha as a place of enlightenment.
Arthurmark7 wrote:But according to the Lotus Sūtra, a real arhat will certainly convert to Mahāyāna practice.
Among the audience listening when the Lotus Sūtra was preached were great bhiksu and bhiksunī arhats who once practiced the Nikāya but later entered the Mahāyāna.
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