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The 32 Signs of a Buddha / Great Man 佛的32相

The 32 Signs of a Buddha / Great Man 佛的32相

The Buddha is traditionally regarded as having the Thirty-two Characteristics of a Great Man These thirty-two characteristics are also regarded as being present in kings as well.

The Digha Nikaya, in the “Discourse of the Marks” (Pali: Lakkhaṇa Sutta) enumerates and explains the 32 characteristics. These are also enumerated in the Brahmāyu Sutta of the Majjhima Nikāya

The 32 major characteristics are:

  1. Level feet
  2. Thousand-spoke wheel sign on feet
  3. Long, slender fingers
  4. Pliant hands and feet
  5. Toes and fingers finely webbed
  6. Full-sized heels
  7. Arched insteps
  8. Thighs like a royal stag
  9. Hands reaching below the knees
  10. Well-retracted male organ
  11. Height and stretch of arms equal
  12. Every hair-root dark colored
  13. Body hair graceful and curly
  14. Golden-hued body
  15. Ten-foot aura around him
  16. Soft, smooth skin
  17. Soles, palms, shoulders, and crown of head well-rounded
  18. Area below armpits well-filled
  19. Lion-shaped body
  20. Body erect and upright
  21. Full, round shoulders
  22. Forty teeth
  23. Teeth white, even, and close
  24. Four canine teeth pure white
  25. Jaw like a lion
  26. Saliva that improves the taste of all food
  27. Tongue long and broad
  28. Voice deep and resonant
  29. Eyes dark brown or deep blue
  30. Eyelashes like a royal bull
  31. White ūrṇā curl that emits light between eyebrows
  32. Fleshy protuberance on the crown of the head

 

Note: Physical characteristics of a person can also change according to internal / spiritual enlightenment stages. An example; when a person changes from evil person to a kind person, their facial and physical posture also changes.

Demeanor of a Buddhist 佛弟子的 風態

Demeanor of a Buddhist佛弟子的 風態

Often we hear people saying ………I am a Buddhist…. Then almost immediately followed with some unwholesome actions, this is very bad exhibition to proclaim oneself as a Buddhist; this kind of behavior will give the public the misunderstanding about Buddhism.

Being a Buddhist; there are some basic things we should remember at all times. That is including two basic aspects of awareness. One is internal practice, other is external demeanor.

The internal practice is, we need to truly study and practice Dharma constantly, for our own enlightenment; this must follow the Eight-Fold-Path diligently, put in true effort to develop inner wisdom and universal compassion, for shake of self and others, this is called Bodhicitta.

External demeanor is, as Buddhist Practitioners, we should set example for ordinary people. We need to remember to practice Dharma wherever and whenever at all times. Remember that there are people all around us, they would notice how we exhibit our demeanor, our actions, speech and thoughts; this is not saying that we should “Act like we are so nice”, but genuinely being kind heart, open heart, patient, and caring toward others.

Buddhist practice is ongoing 24/7 practice, not just during a meditation session, or during a retreat period, it not for fame, name, material gain, or any other benefit, but for self and others spiritual liberation.

I also noticed some people, after begin to learn the Buddhism, after a short period, they would tell people that, they are Buddhist, and they know all about what Buddhism is etc.This is very unfortunate, because with this kind of attitude, the more advanced learning would be impossible.

Example;  if a glass is fall, you won’t be able to fill any thing in it., we should always keep our “glass” clean and empty, that means; we should keep our mind pure and open, so we are ready and have the capacity to receive pure teachings. Buddha Dharma is vast as ocean, one simply not able to know it all in short time, therefore , we always be humble and say “I know very little”, even great accomplished masters like Karmapa upon a discourse of Dharma, they still say that “I know very little”.

The general society tend to pump themselves larger then what really is, but, the fact is that an elephant is difficult to fit in just any place, buddhist practice is reduce ourselves (ego) to the smallest possible; being humble, modest and true, then we would be able to fit in any place and time.

This is best demeanor of a Buddhist.Om Mani Padme Hum!

Higher realm of existence更高的存在境界

Higher realm of existence更高的存在境界 

When we talk about realms, we are referring to dimensions of the levels of spheres, in the form or formless realms.  While we are unable to see the other dimensions of existence, we can’t simply say it’s none exist. Scientists have proven there are multiple galaxy and planets out there. This information was announced by the Buddha over 2500 years ago, they only now discovered by the scientists.

So, what does this information has to do with our spiritual journey you might ask, the reason is to reinforce your faith in the Buddha and His teachings. Imagine we were living 2500 years ago when everything was very primitive, and  there’s no scientific study like today, and we hearing the Buddha talking about multiple universe and higher intelligent beings out there, we would probably scratching our heads too. Yet over 2500 years later, everything Buddha said proven to be true.

Upon Buddha’s Enlightenment, He told his followers, do not take his word blindly, but practice his teachings of the Path and find prove themselves.

In general, most people think the heaven is “above” there somewhere, or the hell is “below” there somewhere, also many Buddhists think that the …..Western Pure land is ten trillion miles to the West.

Wait a minute please! Although there in the Sutra did have such sentence, It is not meant such place out there exist physically, rather it meant spiritual realm. If we take it literally as there real places such as heaven or hell we can travel to, this perception would be mistaking, and it is a common misunderstanding of the Sutras.

Buddha’s words must taking in the spiritual sense, not by the surface of the words. Just like Jesus said …follow my “steps”, doesn’t mean walking behind him step by step, but to live by his teachings and examples.

Higher realm of existence can be attained by following the teachings of the Buddha, which can be attained here and now. The pure spirit and clear understanding of true reality will enable us to live a more joyful life.

We would be able to be in the world, and not of it, view all things as moment-to-moment experiences, while participate in all activities, yet not being attached to it.

Remember!? All things subject to constant changes, you do the best with everything, applying wisdom and compassion, all things will turn out the best possible. The results of your effort, whether great or not so great, or even very bad, remember you have done your best, and all are just experiences that pass with the changes of time and space (places).

Enlightened beings can be happy any time and any place, because it is the transcendent mind that is in control, the immoveable stability of calm abiding mind brings the joyful bliss.

Try to remember this, always enjoy this moment, and be detached of past and future worries, you will be in a higher realm of existence.