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Shakyamuni Buddha

Shakyamuni (Buddha)*

The present Buddha of the historical era. According to most, he lived around the 6th Century BC. Some traditions place him considerably earlier. His personal name was Siddhartha, his family name was Gautama. Upon becoming a Buddha he took the name Shakyamuni.

Shakya [was] the name of the Buddha's clan. . . . Muni was the Buddha's personal name. It means 'still and quiet' (ji mwo). 'Still and Unmoving, he is silent.' No words from the mouth, no thoughts from the mind – that is an inconceivable state. The Buddha speaks Dharma without speaking; he speaks and yet does not speak, does not speak and yet he speaks. This is still and silent, still, still, silent and Unmoving, yet responding in accord; responding in accord and yet always, always silent and still. This is the meaning of the Buddha's personal name, Muni. All Buddhas have the title Buddha in common, but only this Buddha has the special name Shakyamuni.” (AS 8)

“Why did Shakyamuni Buddha come into the world? Because he saw that all living beings are covered with too much selfishness. He wanted to make it clear to all of us that we shouldn't be so egocentric and only know of ourselves and not know that other people also exist. From selfishness people give rise to strife and kill and mutilate one another. Shakyamuni Buddha saw this situation as something very pathetic]]; therefore, he came into the world. . . .” (EDR VII Ch XLVII 1)

The Life of the Buddha Shakyamuni

The only Buddha to appear in the world in the so-called historical period is the Buddha Shakyamuni. He was born the eldest son of the ruler of a small city state on the border of what is now northern India and Nepal. As a young adult he was struck by the meaninglessness of his life and was moved to give up the Kingdom to which he was heir, his parents, wife and young son, and the wealth, pleasures and prerogatives of his position.

As a wandering mendicant he went out into the great forests of northern India in search of a Sage to teach him the transcendent path to reality. In succession he studied with the two greatest meditation Teachers of his time and reached those states of cosmic consciousness which they considered true liberation. After rejecting their ultimacy, he went off to seek his own path.

first he went to the Himalayas where he meditated for six years while practicing the extreme asceticism of eating only a single grain of rice and a single sesame seed each day.

Because I ate so little, all my limbs became like the knotted joints of withered creepers; because I ate so little, my buttocks became like a bullock's hoof; because I ate so little, my protruding backbone became like a string of balls; because I ate so little, my gaunt ribs became like the crazy rafters of a tumble-down shed; because I ate so little, the pupils of my eyes appeared lying low and deep in their sockets as sparkles of water in a deep well appear lying low and deep. . . . But I, even by this procedure, by this course, by this mortification, did not reach the states of further-men or the excellent knowledge and insight befitting the Aryans (i.e., those who are truly noble and Holy). . . . (Further Dialogues of the Buddha I, p. 56)

Rejecting such extreme asceticism, the Buddha-to-be made his way down from the mountains, slowly nursed himself back to health, and found an auspicious spot to continue his meditational quest inward. He vowed not to leave that spot, located under a large tree later known as the Bodhi Tree, until he reached his goal. Forty-nine days later, during the second half of the night, he saw a star in the night sky and his last thin strand of attachment was rent asunder. At that moment he became a Buddha, a fully and perfectly Enlightened One.

After remaining seated meditating under the tree for a period of time, he decided to follow that Path (Marga) of those Buddhas who had Gone before him and go forth into the world to teach living beings the way to Buddhahood. For forty-nine years he traveled widely in India, together with a Great gathering of disciples (Sangha), teaching all those who sincerely requested instruction. At the end of that period his body died and he was said to have entered Nirvana, but for the Buddha at that moment nothing at all really changed.

That is a very brief summary of the important events of the life of the Buddha Shakyamuni. Yet his quest for Buddhahood did not begin with a young Prince named Siddhartha Gautama. The life in which he realized Buddhahood was the culmination of a decision (see Bodhichitta) and vows that he made countless lifetimes previously and of intense personal cultivation in each and every lifetime all the way up to that final one over two millennia ago.

1) Chinese: shr jya mou ni fwo, Pinyin: Shi jia mou ni fo, 2) Sanskrit: Shakyamuni, 3) Pali —–.

See Also: Buddha.

BTTS References: SM VI]] in press; DFS Ch7 ; DFS Ch20 ; DFS Ch2 319; EDR VII 111; AS 8;

File:BuddhaSmall.jpg frame Buddha Shakyamuni

**Buddha Shakyamuni** (Skt. //Śākyamuni//; Tib. སངས་རྒྱས་ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ་, Wyl. //sangs rgyas shAkya thub pa//) — the Indian prince Gautama Siddhartha, who reached enlightenment (and thus became a Buddha) in the sixth century B.C., and who taught the spiritual path followed by millions all over the world, known today as Buddhism.


Dates for the Parinirvana according to:

 * 2420 B.C.E.     the Pandita Suresamati
 * 2150 B.C.E.     the rGya-bod-yig-tshang
 * 2146 B.C.E.     Üpa Losal
 * 2136 B.C.E.     [[Atisha]]
 * 2133 B.C.E.     [[Sakya Pandita]]
 * 949 B.C.E.      The Blue Annals refering to a Chinese tradition from Fo-lin and accepted by the Japanese schools: Jodo, Jodo-Shinshu and Nichirenshu
 * 881 B.C.E.      Pakpa Lhundrup (followed by Buton and [[Dudjom Rinpoche]])
 * 876 B.C.E.      Buton based on the [[Kalachakra]] tantra
 * 835 B.C.E.      Jonangpa school scholars
 * 750 B.C.E.      Tshalpa Kunga Dorje, based on the history of the Sandalwood Buddha
 * 718 B.C.E.      [[Kamalashila]]
 * 651 B.C.E.      Orgyenpa
 * 544/543 B.C.E.  Shakyashri, last abbot of [[Vikramashila]]
 * 544 B.C.E.      Theravadin tradition
 * 489 B.C.E.      based on the reign of Ashoka being 100 years after the parinivana
 * 486 B.C.E.      "dotted record" which came to China through Samghabhadra
 * 483 B.C.E.      some modern scholars (an adjustment to the "dotted record")
 * 386/383 B.C.E.  modern Japanese scholars
 * 371 B.C.E.      based on the reign of Ashoka being 218 years after the parinivana


 * [[:Category:Buddha Shakyamuni's Disciples|Buddha Shakyamuni's Disciples]]

Further Reading

 * [[Ashvaghosha]], //[[Buddhacharita]]// (one of the most famous and inspiring accounts of Buddha's life)
 * [[Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse]], //What Makes You Not a Buddhist// (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2007) 
 * [[Thich Nhat Hanh]], //Old Path White Clouds// (Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1991)
 * [[Tulku Thondup]], //Masters of Meditation and Miracles//, edited by Harold Talbott (Boston: Shambhala, 1999), 'Shākyamuni Buddha'.

Oral Teachings

 * [[Dzogchen Rinpoche]], //Buddha’s Life and Path of Liberation//, [[Lerab Ling]], 6-7 June 1998

 * [[Mantra of Buddha Shakyamuni]]
 * [[Twelve deeds]]
 * [[Two images of Buddha Shakyamuni]]

 * [[|The Treasury of Blessings: A Practice of Buddha Shakyamuni by Mipham Rinpoche]]
 * [[|Shakyamuni Buddha Outline page at Himalayan Art]]
 * [[|'Who Was Shakyamuni Buddha?' by Alexander Berzin]]
 * [[|'The Life of the Buddha As Pieced Together from the Pali Canon' by Alexander Berzin]]

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