King Ajatasatru Bathed in Troughs of Butter and Sandal Wood

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King Ajatasatru Bathed in Troughs of Butter and Sandal Wood

Postby Zhen Li » Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:24 pm

I am not sure where this appears outside of the Tibetan Vinaya Ksudraka, but in Buton's History of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism he relates how Mahakasyapa knew that when Ajatasatru heared of the Buddha's death he would surely die unless he was placed into first seven troughs of fresh butter and then a trough of sandal wood. This happens, the Bramin Varsaka acts as Kasyapa instructed him to, and the king indeed recovers. :jawdrop:

I thought this was very strange. Does anyone have any insight into what is going on here? Perhaps a commentary in Tibetan says something. Obermiller cites Vinayaksudraka Kg. HDUL. XI. 290-1.

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Re: King Ajatasatru Bathed in Troughs of Butter and Sandal Wood

Postby BuddhaFollower » Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:31 pm

I see sandalwood pop up in all sorts of places from the Yeshe Lama to Saiva texts.

Its a magical substance.
Just recognize the conceptualizing mind.

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Re: King Ajatasatru Bathed in Troughs of Butter and Sandal Wood

Postby Malcolm » Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:36 pm

Zhen Li wrote:I am not sure where this appears outside of the Tibetan Vinaya Ksudraka, but in Buton's History of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism he relates how Mahakasyapa knew that when Ajatasatru heared of the Buddha's death he would surely die unless he was placed into first seven troughs of fresh butter and then a trough of sandal wood. This happens, the Bramin Varsaka acts as Kasyapa instructed him to, and the king indeed recovers. :jawdrop:

I thought this was very strange. Does anyone have any insight into what is going on here? Perhaps a commentary in Tibetan says something. Obermiller cites Vinayaksudraka Kg. HDUL. XI. 290-1.

Thanks



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Re: King Ajatasatru Bathed in Troughs of Butter and Sandal Wood

Postby Zhen Li » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:51 am

I see, I never tried it.

Another interesting anecdote about bathing in Buton, Vasubandhu recited the Satasahasrika for 19 days while in a bath of oil.

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Re: King Ajatasatru Bathed in Troughs of Butter and Sandal Wood

Postby rachmiel » Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:29 am

Ayurvedics love their oil. :twothumbsup:

My Ayurvedic doc prescribes it for almost all of my vata uprisings.
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Re: King Ajatasatru Bathed in Troughs of Butter and Sandal Wood

Postby Virgo » Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:12 am

Malcolm wrote:
Fresh butter and sandalwood are both remedies for pitta illnesses.

I should take a bath in some.

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