8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha

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8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha

Post by Jojot1993 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:35 pm

Hi,
I have read that the 8 conditions to become a samma-sam-buddha are:
1. Manussatta: the human state. The resolve to become a Sammāsambuddha can be made only during a life in which one is a human being.
2. Liṅgasampatti: possession of the right sex. One must be a man, not a woman, a congenital eunuch, or a hermaphrodite.
3. Hetu: cause. Possessing the supporting conditions for attaining arahantship in that same life, if he were to exert himself towards this end.
4. Satthāradassana: the sight of the Teacher. This means an encounter with a Sammāsambuddha, as when Sumedha met the Buddha Dīpaṅkara and declared his resolve in his presence.
5. Pabbajjā: going forth into the homeless life. One must have left the household life and be an ascetic who holds to the doctrine of the efficacy of kamma, like the ascetic Sumedha when he made his resolve.
6. Guṇasampatti: attainment of special qualities. One must have attained special or distinctive qualities, beginning with the jhānas, like Sumedha, who had attained the five mundane higher knowledges (abhiññā) and the eight attainments (samāpatti) when he made his resolve before the Buddha Dīpaṅkara.
7. Adhikāra: extreme dedication. At the time of making one's resolve to become a Sammāsambuddha one must be prepared to sacrifice everything, even one's life.
8. Chandatā: strong desire. Having a strong desire to become a Sammāsambuddha, no matter how great the difficulties and obstacles one may encounter. For example, if he were told that to attain sammāsambodhi it would be necessary to tread his way across an entire world-system filled with flameless hot coals, or tread his way across an entire world-system whose ground was bespread with spears and sharp-pointed bamboo sticks, or wade across an entire world-system filled with water, or cut his way through an entire world-system choked with thorny bamboo plants, — he would reply: "I can do that."

I have a questions about the 3rd condition: do you know what are "the supporting conditions"?

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Re: 8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha

Post by Dhammanando » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:34 pm

Jojot1993 wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:35 pm
I have a questions about the 3rd condition: do you know what are "the supporting conditions"?
The prior development of the ten perfections for many aeons.

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Re: 8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha

Post by Jojot1993 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:43 pm

Does that not enter in the 6th condition?

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Re: 8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha

Post by Dhammanando » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:07 am

Jojot1993 wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:43 pm
Does that not enter in the 6th condition?
No. A person might have attained the jhānas, vimokkhas and mundane abhiññās, yet not have sufficient paramī for arahantship when he encounters a Buddha. Or he might have sufficient paramī for arahantship but lack the aforesaid accomplishments. To be eligible for a Buddha's prediction of sammāsambodhi he needs to have both.

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Re: 8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha

Post by Jojot1993 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:12 am

Ok, thanks!

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Re: 8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha

Post by Will » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:55 pm

Another translation of the eight conditions, from Manual of the Excellent Man page 14:
1. The aspirant must be a human being (manussattaṃ).
2. He must be a man (liṅgasampatti).
3. His spiritual maturity must be sufficient to attain Arahantship if he
chose to (root-condition, hetu).
4. He must have met a living Buddha (satthāradassanaṃ).
5. He must have taken up the life of a recluse or a monk (pabbajjā).
6. He must have attained supernormal powers through concentration
(guṇasampatti).
7. He must have made the utmost homage (adhikāro) to the “Three Gems”
while aspiring to Buddhahood.
8. He must have a most ardent will to become a Buddha (chandatā).

If all eight factors are present the Noblest Aspiration materializes. Herein
“root-condition” means the four conditions (paccaya) and the four root causes
(hetu), which will be explained a little later.
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Nietzsche

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