Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

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aflatun
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Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

Post by aflatun » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:09 pm

rightviewftw wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:53 pm
aflatun wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:35 pm
Thanks i have a friend who is very muslim and a strong person. So maybe i should help him make the Absorbtion Jhanas instead of going about it intellectually because he does not like to talk about his doubts.
That's how I would approach it, if I were to approach it at all, because I don't engage people on these things unless they come asking. You can both get along in developing sati-sampajanna and samadhi even if the view is different.
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."

Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53

"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.

That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."

Nagarjuna
MMK XXII.15-16

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Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:36 pm

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Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

Post by chownah » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:29 am

I think that if people feel the need to ask for divine help and they find that it does help then that is a good thing.....and.....they should not use this asking for help as a way to slack off from their own efforts to help themselves.
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Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

Post by ieee23 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:46 pm

No_Mind wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:44 am
More often than not I end up praying to the Buddha.

Is that wrong practice?

I know the Buddha said
Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge.

Mahāparinibbāṇa Sutta
but does it prevent us from praying to him?

The prayer usually is "Wise one, Awakened one, namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa, I bow before you .. I am a small human being with no great understanding of this world and Dhamma ..

Bless me so that I may acquire wisdom, give me strength so that I may be alive long enough to acquire wisdom .." and so on

:namaste:


Wrong, no.

What is the point? He passed into full nibanna. There is nobody left to hear your prayers.
Whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. - MN 19

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Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

Post by No_Mind » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:49 pm

ieee23 wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:46 pm
Wrong, no.

What is the point? He passed into full nibanna. There is nobody left to hear your prayers.
Well that is Theravada point of view. Mahayana holds different view. And I should not have asked it in a Theravada forum to begin with

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