The Two Bodies of the Buddha in Pussadeva's Life of Buddha, the Paṭhamasambodhi

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1. Please provide a brief summary of your video and research.

Paṭhamasambodhi is a Buddha biography popular in mainland Southeast Asia. There are at least ten versions of the Paṭhamasambodhi manuscripts written in four languages such as Pali, Cambodian, Mon, and Tai. Hundreds of manuscripts are found in no less than five countries, which are Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand, and the southern part of China. It has influenced Southeast Asian art and ritual since the end of the sixteenth century. For example, the mural paintings of Life of Buddha in Buddhist temples in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are inspired by the chapters in the Paṭhamasambodhi.

Despite its importance, most of the scholarship on Paṭhamasambodhi is written in Thai. Moreover, almost all of the Paṭhamasambodhi’s versions have never been translated into English.


I want to study the two kāyā or bodies of the Buddha, which are the Rūpakāya or physical body and the Dhammakāya or the Buddha’s Holy Spirit. The ten-chapter edition of the Paṭhamasambodhi that was written around the year 1855 by Pussadeva, the ninth Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, explains the meaning of these two bodies in detail. For my project I will translate it into English and analyse the idea of the Buddha’s twofold bodies.


I carry out the translation on my laptop using Microsoft Word and dictionary software. The source text I have obtained was printed in 1905. The language used in this text is Siamese Thai mixed with Pali loanwords, which is clearly distinct from the modern Thai language. Thus, in order to produce an accurate translation, I pay attention to the context .

My research is important because I shed some light on the true meaning of the Buddha’s twofold bodies as well as the controversy about the omission of Dhammakāya in some reprinted editions of this text.


This video was edited by Katie Smith.


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#LifeOfBuddha

Comments

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Chai Aksonnit
over 2 years ago

This is quite an interesting topic. This may lead to another research field of Buddhist/religion studies. The research focuses on looking for the meaning of both the physical body and his Holy Spirit. I am sure that searching for what is said about the Buddha’s Holy Spirit in Pahamasambodhi would bring about some curiosity and attention on further Buddhist studies.

It would be good if a few words on the introduction/definition on the Buddha's Holy Spirit be provided.

Ana Thai
over 2 years ago

Great presentation.

Savalee Boonyasit
about 2 years ago

Great topic! All buddhist should know this fact

Potheng Srey
about 2 years ago

This is very interesting topic one.

Yui Peace
about 2 years ago

Excellent

Supakit Chumwaengwapee
about 2 years ago

This is a great topic. I would like to read it.

Jamaree Nonthatum
about 2 years ago

Very interesting topic!

Tuktik Petch
about 2 years ago

กราบนมัสการ ค่ะ..ขอถวายกำลังใจ ค่ะ...เก่งมากเลยค่ะ..ที่นำพระพุทธศาสนาไปเผยแพร่ในต่างแดน..

Sunanta Yo
about 2 years ago

Great topic!

Samakita Tikhina
about 2 years ago

Dhammakaya approach has been controversial topic if we do research back only by experimenting literature. It's probably can be identified as " Yogavacara language (Practice or Experience Language) ".
For obvious reason, we can put it in a metaphor as " we know the truth not only by reason but also by heart" . The fact from text is not only my concern, the truth in there is more interesting. Thank you for sharing.

ประภาศรี สมใจ ปัจจุบัน
about 2 years ago

กราบนมัสการพระอาจารย์ค่ะ เป็นงานวิจัยที่ดีมาก คนที่ยังไม่เคยศึกษาไม่เคยรู้ก็จะได้มีความรู้มากขึ้น ทำให้ต่างชาติได้มีโอกาสได้ศึกษาและทราบประวัติพุทธศาสนามากยิ่งขึ้นค่ะ

Panadda Angsuphat
about 2 years ago

Great topic. Very interesting.

Chutima Kongjaroon
about 2 years ago

Great

Chaiyasit Sukavacharin
about 2 years ago

Great and very interesting topic of the world in this time .

Malidar Uthainatapong
about 2 years ago

Great topic ?

Dr. Wattanaporn Meskuntavon
about 2 years ago

Very interesting

Jasmine Amree
about 2 years ago

great

Sue Tanguthaisuk
about 2 years ago

Great topic. Very interesting especially the Dhamma body (Dhammakaya) of the Buddha.

Toommy Atijit
about 2 years ago

I like your topic and would like to follow further study.

Suwichaporn Thaisawat
about 2 years ago

Great!

supannee boonroeng
about 2 years ago

It's very interesting. If this work is completed, I believe it would be very valuable for all humankind especially the one who studies or practices Buddhism.

Lakkana Chanram
about 2 years ago

Great topic.sadhu

Chanwit Varavijjo
about 2 years ago

Awesome

Ajarn Kesh
about 2 years ago

Excellent

Jaidee Nakarade
about 2 years ago

Great!

Waralee Wiboonrat
about 2 years ago

Great ☆☆☆☆☆

Siri Boon
about 2 years ago

Very Interestig.

Jeena Piney
about 2 years ago

wonderful. Will help people in the world understand about the Buddha teaching more!

Mah Kim
about 2 years ago

Interesting topic! Look forward to the findings of this study. Best wishes! :)

Khanthee Phonchaisakul
about 2 years ago

Great

Phim Jan
about 2 years ago

Very good!!!

Patcharin Choochor
about 2 years ago

Congratulations to the great knowledge.

Jiratthiti Nonthatum
about 2 years ago

very good

Somsak Vajeavorasith
about 2 years ago

Very interesting.
Sadhu.

Suriporn Saesue
about 2 years ago

Great!

Wirapan Srikanta
about 2 years ago

Sadhu

Ang Changgaow
about 2 years ago

Great!

Siwilai Sukdawut
about 2 years ago

Sathu

Siwilai Sukdawut
about 2 years ago

Very interesting wonderful Anumothanabun sathu sathu sathu

Ida Sujjinanont
about 2 years ago

Excellent presentation.

Ida Sujjinanont
about 2 years ago

Sadhu Anumothana kha.

Asaya Suryana
about 2 years ago

สาธุค่ะ

Kalaya Niyomsuk
about 2 years ago

Very good well done

Kalaya Niyomsuk
about 2 years ago

Very good well done

Anchalee Sompolpong
about 2 years ago

Great Job

Anchalee Sompolpong
about 2 years ago

great job

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I am a PhD student in Religious Studies at the Department of Theology & Religion, University of Otago, New Zealand.

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