Phra Malai / Malaya

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plwk
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Phra Malai / Malaya

Post by plwk » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:56 am

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I was reminded upon this reading on Phra Malai that I have heard of some years back and wonder if this is another one of those 'post canonical' effort or character personification on certain aspects of the Dhamma?

steve19800
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Re: Phra Malai / Malaya

Post by steve19800 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:45 am

Sorry to bump this. Has anyone read any of this story?

Bakmoon
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Re: Phra Malai / Malaya

Post by Bakmoon » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:12 pm

Phra Malai is just the Theravadin adaptation of the Mahayana Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, who in Mahayana Buddhism is associated with liberating beings from hell.

A lot of Mahayana Bodhisattvas have been incorporated like that into the Theravada tradition like Samantabhadra and Avalokiteshvara, so it's not surprising that Ksitigarbha is as well.
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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