Posts Tagged ‘Noble Ariyans’

A Docetic Mirror

As was stated in the introductory blog to this series, Chapter Five on The Adamantine Body will directly mirror what was covered in a Dharma-series last year entitled A Docetic Assessment. So once again, at this junction in the sutra, we will be engaging Michael Radich and his examination of the docetic factor in light of the Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra. Recall that Docetic Buddhology is the belief that the Buddha only has “an apparent” material body. Radich argues that, in light of the first Read more [...]

Ariyapariyesanā Sutta: The Noble Quest

A little shift from our accustomed fare as we shall now explore the flavor of the Majjhima Nikāya, most notably Discourse MN 26—Ariyapariyesanā Sutta, or the Noble Quest. Considered by scholars to be one of the earliest, if not “The” earliest sketch on the Buddha’s biographical background. One will soon notice that the usual foundation of the Four Noble Truths is conspicuously absent. Yet, this does not imply that they are lacking as the main thrust of this sutta is the critical difference Read more [...]
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