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Article: The Problem of the Buddha’s Short Lifespan

TitleThe Problem of the Buddha’s Short Lifespan
Authors
KeywordsShort lifespan
Infinite life
Sakyamuni
Mahayanists
Issue Date2002
PublisherWorld Hongming Academy Press
Citation
World Hongming Philosophical Quarterly, December 2002, 12 pages How to Cite?
AbstractThe Buddha's lifespan is discussed in many Mahāyāna sūtras and śāstras. An analysis of these texts shows that it became a problem when the Mahāyānists emphasized more and more the merit of the Buddha as a result of Bodhisattva practice. The authors of these texts tried to solve the problem by saying that the lifespan of the true Buddha in fact is infinite. The historical Buddha is only a manifestation for the sake of sentient beings through skilful means. These discussions finally contributed to the formulation of the sa bhogakāya, the reward body of the Buddha.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44513
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dc.contributor.authorGuang, X-
dc.contributor.author廣興zh_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-29T02:20:05Z-
dc.date.available2007-10-29T02:20:05Z-
dc.date.issued2002-
dc.identifier.citationWorld Hongming Philosophical Quarterly, December 2002, 12 pagesen
dc.identifier.issn1562-059X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44513-
dc.description.abstractThe Buddha's lifespan is discussed in many Mahāyāna sūtras and śāstras. An analysis of these texts shows that it became a problem when the Mahāyānists emphasized more and more the merit of the Buddha as a result of Bodhisattva practice. The authors of these texts tried to solve the problem by saying that the lifespan of the true Buddha in fact is infinite. The historical Buddha is only a manifestation for the sake of sentient beings through skilful means. These discussions finally contributed to the formulation of the sa bhogakāya, the reward body of the Buddha.en
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dc.publisherWorld Hongming Academy Pressen
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectShort lifespanen
dc.subjectInfinite lifeen
dc.subjectSakyamunien
dc.subjectMahayanistsen
dc.titleThe Problem of the Buddha’s Short Lifespanen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK

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