Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
55 | 2019

Download free PDF

  pdf
Views 25
Downloads 4

Topic
chevron_rightLanguages and Cultures of the Middle and Far East

Language
en

ISSN
chevron_right1125-3789

e-ISSN
chevron_right2385-3042

Online issue
Vol. 55 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2019

Share

Metadata

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 55 | 2019

The Vedic Background of the Buddhist Notions of Iddhi and Abhiññā
Three Case Studies with Particular Reference to the Pāli Literature

Bryan De Notariis
Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia
bryan.denotariis@unito.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/008

Submitted 28 Feb 2019
Accepted 02 Apr 2019

Abstract

This article begins with a brief introductory account of the vicissitudes of the academic studies on extraordinary capacities. Thereafter, the stereotyped passages in which iddhi and abhiññā occur as a meditative attainment achieved within a Buddhist path of liberation are presented and the interpretation of these two terms is discussed. After these preparatory opening remarks, the Vedic background of iddhi and abhiññā is treated with regards to three aspects. First, the speculative idea sustained by some scholars that would see the body made of mind (manomaya-kāya) as the base and tool to perform iddhis and abhiññās is discussed on the basis of the Vedic evidence. Secondly, the term ‘divine’ (dibba) which occurs in the description of some abhiññās is compared with the use of the corresponding Vedic terms and with the Vedic idea of a divine power behind the functioning of the faculties. Finally, the abhiññā called ‘the knowledge of degeneration and ascent of beings’ (cutūpapātañāṇa) is compared with a couple of narratives involving the oneiric state within the Upaniṣads, showing some similarities between the two accounts.

Keywords
Buddhism. Pāli. Veda. Upaniṣad. Iddhi. Abhiññā. Manomaya-kāya.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

Table of contents
×
Campo DC Valore

dc.contributor.author

De Notariis Bryan

dc.title

The Vedic Background of the Buddhist Notions of Iddhi and Abhiññā

dc.type

Journal Article

dc.language.iso

en

dc.identifier.uri

http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOr/2385-3042/2019/01/008

dc.description.abstract

This article begins with a brief introductory account of the vicissitudes of the academic studies on extraordinary capacities. Thereafter, the stereotyped passages in which iddhi and abhiññā occur as a meditative attainment achieved within a Buddhist path of liberation are presented and the interpretation of these two terms is discussed. After these preparatory opening remarks, the Vedic background of iddhi and abhiññā is treated with regards to three aspects. First, the speculative idea sustained by some scholars that would see the body made of mind (manomaya-kāya) as the base and tool to perform iddhis and abhiññās is discussed on the basis of the Vedic evidence. Secondly, the term ‘divine’ (dibba) which occurs in the description of some abhiññās is compared with the use of the corresponding Vedic terms and with the Vedic idea of a divine power behind the functioning of the faculties. Finally, the abhiññā called ‘the knowledge of degeneration and ascent of beings’ (cutūpapātañāṇa) is compared with a couple of narratives involving the oneiric state within the Upaniṣads, showing some similarities between the two accounts.

dc.relation.ispartof

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

dc.relation.ispartof

Vol. 55 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2019

dc.publisher

Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

dc.date.issued

2019-06-27

dc.dateAccepted

2019-02-28

dc.dateSubmitted

2019-04-02

dc.identifier.issn

1125-3789

dc.identifier.eissn

2385-3042

dc.rights

Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

dc.rights.uri

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

dc.subject

Buddhism

dc.subject

Pāli

dc.subject

Veda

dc.subject

Upaniṣad

dc.subject

Iddhi

dc.subject

Abhiññā

dc.subject

Manomaya-kāya

Download

×

55 | 2019

Table of contents