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Tathāgata (Sanskrit; Pali "The one thus-come" or "The one thus-gone"; Chinese: 如來; Pinyin: Rú lái; Japanese: nyorai) This is traditionally interpreted as "one who comes and goes in the same way (as the previous Buddhas)". Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Jump to: navigation, search A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE... The cultural elements of Buddhism vary by region and include: Buddhist cuisine Buddhist art Buddharupa Art and architecture of Japan Greco-Buddhism Tibetan Buddhist sacred art Buddhist music Buddhist chant Shomyo Categories: Buddhism-related stubs ... The history of Buddhism spans from the 6th century BCE to the present, starting with the birth of the Buddha Siddharta Gautama. ... Contents: Top - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z The following is a List of Buddhist topics: A Abhidharma Ahimsa Ajahn Ajahn Chah Ajanta Aksobhya Alexandra David-Néel Amara Sinha B... Jump to: navigation, search Buddhist beliefs and practices vary according to region. ... The percentage of Buddhist population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004 [1]. Other sources used were CIA Factbook [2] and adherents. ... An image of Gautama Buddha with a swastika, traditionally a Buddhist symbol of good luck, on his chest. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Buddhist temple Wat Chiang Man, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which dates from the late 13th century Buddhist temples and monasteries, sorted by location. ... Several Buddhist terms and concepts lack direct translations into English that cover the breadth of the original term. ... There is great variety in Buddhist texts. ... // Before Common Era Trad. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sanskrit ( संस्कृता) is a classical language of India and a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. ... . Pāli (ISO 639-1: pi; ISO 639-2: pli) is a Middle Indo-Aryan dialect or prakrit. ... Jump to: navigation, search Pinyin (Chinese: 拼音, pÄ«nyÄ«n) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to HànyÇ” PÄ«nyÄ«n (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonemic notation and transcription to...


Tathāgata is the name which the historical Buddha Sakyamuni (Siddhattha Gotama) used when referring to himself as recorded in the tipitaka of the Pali Canon. It highlights the unique (and ambiguous) ontological status of a fully enlightened being since such a one is beyond the categories of existence and non-existence; in fact beyond all signification. Jump to: navigation, search A stone image of the Buddha. ... Standing Buddha, ancient region of Gandhara, northern Pakistan, 1st century CE. Gautama Buddha was a South Asian spiritual leader who lived between approximately 563 BCE and 483 BCE. Born Siddhartha Gautama in Sanskrit, a name meaning descendant of Gotama whose aims are achieved/who is efficacious in achieving aims, he... Jump to: navigation, search Standing Buddha, ancient region of Gandhara, northern Pakistan, 1st century CE, Musée Guimet. ... The Tripitaka (Sanskrit, lit. ... Jump to: navigation, search Standard edition of the Thai Pali Canon The Pali Canon is one the earliest existing scripture collections of the Buddhist tradition. ... Jump to: navigation, search In philosophy, ontology (from the Greek ὄν, genitive ὄντος: being (part. ...


Tathāgatha is an important term in Mahāyāna, especially in terms of understanding the two types of lineage (textual transmission and realisation transmission) found in the Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna traditions. Relief image of the bodhisattva Guan Yin (Avalokitesvara) from Mt. ... Jump to: navigation, search A mandala used in Vajrayana Buddhist practices. ...


There may be small distinctions between Buddha and Tathagata: for example, in some Mahayana traditions, the following assertion is made. A Buddha turns the wheel of Dharma at a time when it has not been turned. In this context, there has only been one Buddha in this age, as any other Bodhisattvas who have realised omniscience have done so through his transmission of realisation. These Bodhisattvas are Tathāgatas, but they are not yet able to demonstrate as Buddhas (because the wheel of Dharma is already turned), and will have to wait until a suitable time and place occurs before they can manifest as Buddhas. Jump to: navigation, search Dharma (sanskrit, roughly law or way) is the way of the higher Truths. ...


Thus Come or Thus Gone

The term Tathagata can be construed as tatha-gata or as tatha-agata. The former means thus-gone while the latter means thus-come, or, alternatively, gone-to-thusness and come-from-thusness. This distinction represents an important dichotomy in Buddhist doctrine related to the ideas of self-power and other-power. Tathagata as thus-gone implies that the Buddha was a pioneer and the task of the practitioner or devotee is to follow and imitate and, ultimately, achieve what Buddha achieved. Tathagata as come-from-thusness, (Japanese: Nyorai) on the other hand, implies that the Buddha came to save us and give us refuge and that what is required of the practitioner is faith and devotion. If one considers the time when Shakyamuni Buddha was alive, there would be people of both kinds. The former would take what he taught as instruction and apply it by their own effort. Thelatter felt their lives changed almost involuntarily by his magnetic influence upon them. Broadly speaking, the Pureland Schools of Buddhism follow the latter approach. Many schools of Buddhism are, however, hybrids of the two approaches.


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These Bodhisattvas are Tathāgatas, but they are not yet able to demonstrate as Buddhas (because the wheel of Dharma is already turned), and will have to wait until a suitable time and place occurs before they can manifest as Buddhas.
Tathagata as thus-gone implies that the Buddha was a pioneer and the task of the practitioner or devotee is to follow and imitate and, ultimately, achieve what Buddha achieved.
Tathagata as come-from-thusness, (Japanese: Nyorai) on the other hand, implies that the Buddha came to save us and give us refuge and that what is required of the practitioner is faith and devotion.
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