RE: [Pali] Memorizing the Tipitaka
- View SourceDear Pyia Tan,
Thanks for posting the link of this wonderful website!
With regard to that too, I have a question.
Doing some research on the meaning and etymology of the word Buddha I find
"After thus spending 49 days meditating, the Buddha left Bodh Gaya on foot
to meet the five ascetics, his former associates, at Sarnath (Banaras in
order to turn the First Wheel of Dhamma.
Addressing his friend and follower Savasti, a buffalo boy, the Buddha said,
"Love is possible only when there is understanding. And only with love can
there be acceptance. Practice living in awareness, you will deepen your
understanding. You will be able to understand yourselves, other people, and
all things. And you will have hearts of love. That is the wonderful path I
Savasti asked, "Respected Teacher, could we call this path the 'Path of
Awareness'?" Siddharta smiled, "Surely. We can call it the Path of
Awareness. I like that very much. The Path of Awareness leads to perfect
Awakening." Siddhartha nodded and accepted Sujta's request that he should be
called the "Awakened One". Sujata continued, "Awaken" in Magadhi is
pronounced 'Budh'; and a person who is awakened would be called 'Buddha'.
Now we can call you the 'Buddha'. Fourteen-year-old Nalaka, the oldest boy
in the group, spoke, "Respected Buddha, we are very happy to receive your
teaching on the Path to Awareness. Sujata has told me how you have meditated
beneath this Pipala tree (ficus religiosa) for the past six months and how
just last night you attained the Great Awakening. Respected Buddha, this
Pipala tree is the most beautiful and sacred one in all the forest. Allow us
to call it the 'Tree of Awakening', the 'Bodhi Tree'. The word 'bodhi'
shares the same root as the word 'buddha' and also means awakening".
Gautama nodded his head. He was delighted, too. He had not guessed that
during this gathering with the children the path, himself, and even the
great tree would all receive special names. Nandabala joined his palms. "It
is growing dark and we must return to our homes, but we will come back to
receive more of your teaching soon." The children all stood and joined their
palms like lotus buds to thank the Buddha. They strolled home chattering
like a flock of happy birds. The Buddha was happy, too. He decided to stay
in the forest for a longer period of time in order to explore ways to best
sow the seeds of Awakening and to allow himself, as well, special time to
enjoy the great peace and joy that attaining the path had brought him.
(Majjhima Nikaya. 10). (Where the Buddha Walked - A Companion to the
Buddhist Places of India. By Rana P.B. Singh - Indica)
This passage was written in the book "Where the Buddha Walked", and the
reference that was given for the passage was the "Majjhima NIkaya 10".
Looking for this reference I just found the Satipatthana Sutta
Therefore, I was wondering if the passage really exists in any discourse of
the tipitaka (?)
Any help will be very nice.
From: Pali@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Pali@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Piya
Sent: 15 May 2008 15:44
Subject: Re: [Pali] Memorizing the Tipitaka
Dear Pali Friends,
The World Tipitaka is now available for access. It is a great site!
On Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 9:40 PM, P G Dave <pgd2507@...
<mailto:pgd2507%40gmail.com> > wrote:
> good one.<mailto:dkotschessa%40yahoo.com> > wrote:
> On 4/26/08, dkotschessa <dkotschessa@...
>> Another article on memorization, this one with regards to the Tipitaka.
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