Miracles of Gautama Buddha
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Gautama Buddha was alleged to possess superhuman powers and abilities; however, due to an understanding of the workings of the skeptical mind and how the display of miracles can be abused by unscrupulous people, he reportedly responded to a request for miracles by saying, "...I dislike, reject and despise them," and refused to comply.
It is said that immediately after his birth, he stood up, took seven steps north, and uttered:
"I am chief of the world,
Eldest am I in the world,
Foremost am I in the world.
This is the last birth.
There is now no more coming to be."
Furthermore, every place the baby Buddha placed his foot, a lotus flower bloomed. There is a claim that the Buddha's birth was miraculous via his mother's dream of a white elephant. This does not mean that the Buddha, had a 'virgin birth' like the Christian gospels of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Buddha's biological father is accepted as King Suddhodana.
Other miracles and powers that Gautama Buddha is alleged to have possessed and exercised include the six higher knowledges (Abhijna): Iddhi, telepathy, super-hearing, divine seeing, and seeing past lives. These are described in the Mahasihanada Sutta and other suttas in the Pali canon.
- The Long Discourses of the Buddha, A Translation of the Dīgha Níkāya by Maurice Walshe, Wisdom Publication, Boston 1995, p. 176[full citation needed]
- "The Life of the Buddha: The Birth of the Prince". BuddhaNet.
- "The Buddha: Story & Teachings". PBS.
- Maha-sihanada Sutta
- Relics of the Buddha, John Strong, Motilal Banarsidass Publisher, 2007 p.177
- Analayo (2016). Levitation in Early Buddhist Discourse, Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies 10, 11-26
- Analayo (2015). The Buddha’s Fire Miracles, Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies 9, 9-42