Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

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Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

Post by Stiphan » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:18 pm

They mention him smiling on certain pertinent occasions, but what about laughing?

Teachers like Ajahn Chah would laugh a lot sometimes.

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Re: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

Post by Sam Vara » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:35 pm

The Concise Pali English Dictionary gives the same word (hasati) for both laughs and smiles, so this might be a difficult one to disentangle according to context.

You will also see from the link that there is some kind of conflation with being excited, which further complicates matters.

Interestingly, the NT gospels have no record of Jesus laughing, either.

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Re: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:02 am

Ruṇṇa sutta wrote:Bhikkhus, singing is crying in this discipline of the noble ones and dancing is insanity. Bhikkhus, it is childish to laugh too long showing your teeth. Therefore give up singing, dancing and it is suitable that you, delighting in the Teaching should laugh to a certain extent only.
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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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