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laughing Buddha?

Post by clyde » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:21 am

I’ve read a fair number of suttas and sutras, but I’ve not read any that describe the Buddha as laughing. Did the Buddha have a sense of humor?
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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by dzogchungpa » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:33 am

clyde wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:21 am
I’ve read a fair number of suttas and sutras, but I’ve not read any that describe the Buddha as laughing. Did the Buddha have a sense of humor?

You might find this interesting:
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Wri ... 151017.pdf
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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by Virgo » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:34 am

clyde wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:21 am
I’ve read a fair number of suttas and sutras, but I’ve not read any that describe the Buddha as laughing. Did the Buddha have a sense of humor?
According to some traditions Arhants cannot laugh, but under certain circumstances they can smile, which the Buddha did in certain Suttas.

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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by 如傑優婆塞 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:37 am

There's this and that and here....

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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by clyde » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:11 am

dzogchungpa wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:33 am
You might find this interesting:
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Wri ... 151017.pdf
Thank you for the link.

I guess an academic book about the Buddha’s humor was destined to be humorless. The Introduction argues that the suttas are not without humor, that the fault is with the translators or with us, but fails to present (even with explanation) anything that can remotely be called humorous.

Even the story that made the Buddha’s smile lacks humor.
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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by clyde » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:12 am

如傑優婆塞 wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:37 am
There's this and that and here....
Thank you for the links to earlier discussions. It seems the answer is “not really” and there’s not much more to say about it.
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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by cyril » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:58 am

clyde wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:12 am
如傑優婆塞 wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:37 am
There's this and that and here....
Thank you for the links to earlier discussions. It seems the answer is “not really” and there’s not much more to say about it.
Apparently, back in the days when he was still a Bodhisattva on the Path, The Tathagata used to poke fun here and there.

https://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2008/09/ ... ataka.html
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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by Sentient Light » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:03 pm

I think SA110 is hilarious. https://suttacentral.net/sa110/en/analayo

After defeating a Jain in a debate, the Buddha proceeds to ridicule the Jain thusly:
At that time the Blessed One, in that great assembly, took off his up­per robe and bared his chest, [saying]: “Try to see if you could stir a single hair of the Tathāgata!”
:buddha1: Nam mô A di đà Phật :buddha1:
:bow: Nam mô Quan Thế Âm Bồ tát :bow:
:bow: Nam mô Đại Thế Chi Bồ Tát :bow:

:buddha1: Nam mô Bổn sư Thích ca mâu ni Phật :buddha1:
:bow: Nam mô Di lặc Bồ tát :bow:
:bow: Nam mô Địa tạng vương Bồ tát :bow:

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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by dzogchungpa » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:52 pm

clyde wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:11 am
dzogchungpa wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:33 am
You might find this interesting:
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Wri ... 151017.pdf
Thank you for the link.

I guess an academic book about the Buddha’s humor was destined to be humorless. The Introduction argues that the suttas are not without humor, that the fault is with the translators or with us, but fails to present (even with explanation) anything that can remotely be called humorous.

Even the story that made the Buddha’s smile lacks humor.

Tough room.
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Re: laughing Buddha?

Post by Grigoris » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:26 am

Vajrakilaya laughs. His laugh is a bit hair raising, but it is a laugh nonetheless!
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