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The significance of the Dhammakāya in Buddhist scripture

Brief Content:
  1. The text compares the parts of the 󲹳ⲹ with the physical attributes of the Buddha.
  2. The 2nd part contains the verses in praise of the brilliant Buddha’s body qua the 󲹳ⲹ.

…uññesaṃ devamanussānaṃ buddho ativirocati yassa tamuttamaṅgādiñāṇaṃ sabbaññutādikaṃ 󲹳ⲹmataṃ buddhaṃ name taṃ lokanāyakaṃ  

“I venerate that highest Knowledge beginning with Omniscience etc., the Buddha who is known as the 󲹳ⲹ of [whom, who is] the leader of the world.” 

  1. The final section exhorts one in the lineage of the Dz屹 (practitioner of spiritual discipline, i.e., meditator) to recollect the 󲹳ⲹ.

imaṃ 󲹳ⲹbuddhalakkaṇaṃ Dz屹kulaputtena tikkhañānena sabbaññūbuddhabhāvaṃ patthantena punappunaṃ anussaritabbaṃ

“This Buddha’s characteristic is the 󲹳ⲹ. [This] should be remembered again and again by a noble man of a good family, practicing spiritual exercise, possessing a sharp Knowledge and aspiring for becoming the Omniscience Buddha.”

 

Benefits from studying this text

The text indicates the 󲹳ⲹ is a “sublime body” of the Buddha, not a collection of the Buddha teaching and when the meditation practitioners recall/visualise the 󲹳ⲹ, it leads to the attainment of the Buddhahood.

Ṭīkā Braḥ Dhammakāya in the Tipiṭaka collection called Rong Srong from the reign of Rama I
Date :ca. 1782-1809 AD
Material use :Palm-leaf manuscript
Location : Preserved at the National Library of Thailand
Script :Khom Thai
Language :
Researcher :Woramate Malasart