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Theravada & bodhisattvas

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Theravada & bodhisattvas

Postby shaunc » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:01 am

Hi, I was just wondering what the theravadan position is on summoning help from bodhisattvas (Kuan yin etc) devas, deities & other life forms that I can't prove or explain. I've heard 2 conflicting views on this. 1 is that theravadan Buddhism is quite atheistic & won't accept things that are outside this world & the other view is that it's not all that different from Mahayana Buddhism in this respect, all though different bodhisattvas, devas & deities are involved.

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Re: Theravada & bodhisattvas

Postby santa100 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:47 pm

The Buddha was a bodhisatta in his many previous lives before His last life as prince Siddhattha. The future Buddha Metteyya also has to fulfill His bodhisatta function before becoming the future Buddha. While Kuan Yin wasn't specifically mentioned in the Nikayas, someone somewhere is following the bodhisatta path to carry on the great Buddhas lineage. Anyway, if someone prayed to Kuan Yin everyday but s/he never abstain from killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and taking intoxicants then it'd be difficult to see how the bodhisattvas and other deities would be able to help that individual when his/her unwholesome kamma bears fruit. So it all has to start with the individual's efforts like observing the five precepts, the eightfold noble path, the brahmaviharas, etc.. These are the foundation that all Buddhist schools share in common. So next time if one prays to Kuan Yin wholeheartedly and have yet to see any result, s/he should start with the foundation mentioned above first..

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Re: Theravada & bodhisattvas

Postby SarathW » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:17 pm

:goodpost: and great answers!
Great way to start the day. :)
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Re: Theravada & bodhisattvas

Postby shaunc » Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:32 am

Thanks for the replys. I do keep the 5 precepts as best I can & also follow the noble 8 fold path. But as you follow your spiritual journey there are times when a bit of outside help is both welcomed & comforting. What I'm trying to find out is whether if as a Theravadan Buddhist you. Were to petition outside help, whether that would be considered bad Buddhism (wrong view) or not, or would it be considered neither here nor there. Thanks.

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