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    Scriptural sources of the Buddha's Awakening

    Hi all,
    With Rohatsu coming up I’ve been looking into the Pali canon to see if there was an account of the Buddha’s enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. I know the story well, but wondered what the scriptural sources for the story are. I can’t seem to find any. Is the story dispersed in various references or is it just largely an oral tradition?
    Any ‘enlightenment’ much appreciated!

    Gassho
    Myozan
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    Hi,
    I have found this:

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/b...html#awakening

    Looks like the sources for the story are quite dispersed in the various baskets.

    Gassho
    Myozan
    Myozan Kodo
    Ordained Soto Zen Priest in Training
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    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.
    "Here the way unfolds."

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    Isn't it recorded in the 'Lalitavistara Sutra'
    Gassho
    Taikyo

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    Hi Myozan

    I found the same. Since the Pali canon is said to be a record of the Buddha's words, I am guessing that he was pretty quiet on the subject of his actual awakening aside from the insights that came to him during that night.

    Chapter Two of The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli has collected together the relevant suttas but states:

    "The account of the Renunciation given in the Pitakas is striking in its bare simplicity. The elaborate details of later versions are absent in it, as they are n the oldest version of the birth and early years."

    As you suggest, it seems that oral tradition has taken those bare bones and put flesh on them.

    Gassho
    Andy

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    Hello,

    the following might be of interest too.

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....036.than.html

    Something in me stirs when the Buddha mentions his remembering sitting under a rose-apple tree as a child. There is something beautifully uncontrived about this.

    Gassho,

    Hans Chudo Mongen
    Chudo Mongen, Ordained Novice Priest-in-Training

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