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Article: The Concept of the Buddha in Early Buddhism

TitleThe Concept of the Buddha in Early Buddhism
Authors
KeywordsHuman Buddha
Superhuman Buddha
Identity
Miracles
Great man
Supernatural power
Issue Date2002
PublisherWorld Hongming Academy Press
Citation
World Hongming Philosophical Quarterly, June 2002, 10 pages How to Cite?
AbstractSome scholars of Buddhist studies consider the Buddha as a mythological figure. This is especially true at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. Later on, rational Buddhist scholars argue that the Buddha is a historical personage and the miraculous stories are actually later additions. In this paper, the author has reexamined the identity of the Buddha by using the earliest Buddhist scripture, namely the Pāli Nikāyas and the Chinese Āgamas. An analysis of the descriptions of the Buddha in these early scriptures reveals two aspects of the concept: a human identity and a superhuman character. These two identities may have co-existed from the inception of Buddhism.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44515
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dc.contributor.authorGuang, X-
dc.contributor.author廣興zh_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-29T03:24:14Z-
dc.date.available2007-10-29T03:24:14Z-
dc.date.issued2002-
dc.identifier.citationWorld Hongming Philosophical Quarterly, June 2002, 10 pagesen
dc.identifier.issn1562-059X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44515-
dc.description.abstractSome scholars of Buddhist studies consider the Buddha as a mythological figure. This is especially true at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. Later on, rational Buddhist scholars argue that the Buddha is a historical personage and the miraculous stories are actually later additions. In this paper, the author has reexamined the identity of the Buddha by using the earliest Buddhist scripture, namely the Pāli Nikāyas and the Chinese Āgamas. An analysis of the descriptions of the Buddha in these early scriptures reveals two aspects of the concept: a human identity and a superhuman character. These two identities may have co-existed from the inception of Buddhism.en
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dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherWorld Hongming Academy Pressen
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectHuman Buddhaen
dc.subjectSuperhuman Buddhaen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.subjectMiraclesen
dc.subjectGreat manen
dc.subjectSupernatural poweren
dc.titleThe Concept of the Buddha in Early Buddhismen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK

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