Miracles of Gautama Buddha

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Painting of the first sermon depicted at Wat Chedi Liem in Thailand

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,"[1] and refused to comply.

Miraculous birth[edit]

The infant Buddha taking the Seven Steps. Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara.

It is said[2] 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.[2] There is a claim that the Buddha's birth was miraculous via his mother's dream of a white elephant.[3] 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[edit]

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.[4]

The Twin Miracle at Sravasti is also considered as the Buddhist miracle par excellence.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Long Discourses of the Buddha, A Translation of the Dīgha Níkāya by Maurice Walshe, Wisdom Publication, Boston 1995, p. 176[full citation needed]
  2. ^ a b "The Life of the Buddha: The Birth of the Prince". BuddhaNet. 
  3. ^ "The Buddha: Story & Teachings". PBS. 
  4. ^ Maha-sihanada Sutta
  5. ^ Relics of the Buddha, John Strong, Motilal Banarsidass Publisher, 2007 p.177

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