Buddha and Brahma

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Buddha and Brahma

Post by thomaslaw » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:01 am

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thomaslaw
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Re: Buddha and Brahma

Post by thomaslaw » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:17 am

According to SN 6.1 (in Brahma Samyutta of SN), it shows that just after the Buddha becomes fully enlightened, he considers whether it would be better for him not to teach others the Dharma/Dhamma he has discovered. He regards the Dhamma he has discovered as profound, hard to see and understand for those who delight in ālaya. The Dhamma indicated in the discourse refers to both conditioned arising (paṭiccasamuppāda) and Nirvāṇa/Nibbāna. Brahmā Sahāṃpati, at that time, knowing the thoughts of the Buddha, comes to request him to teach the Dhamma to the world. The Buddha accepts the Brahmā’s request, out of compassion for the world.

The Chinese version is found in EA 19.1 (Ekottarikāgama) (See Choong Mun-keat, pp. 187-8, in "A Comparison of the Pāli and Chinese Versions of the Brahma Saṃyutta, a Collection of Early Buddhist Discourses on Brahmās, the Exalted Gods", Buddhist Studies Review, v. 31.2, pp. 179-194 (2014))

The Brahma seems relevant to Buddhism, a protector of teachings (dharmapala) :meditate:

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