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pāṠihāriya


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(Pāli, miracle).

A miracle or marvel, particularly one performed to impress and gain converts. In the Pāli Canon the power to perform three such marvels is ascribed to the Buddha: the marvel of magic power (iddhi); the marvel of mind-reading (ādesanā); and the marvel of instruction (anusāsanī). The Buddha condemned the first two because they played on people's credulity and could also be performed by non-Buddhist ascetics. The third he praised as ‘noble and sublime’ because it was not a form of exhibitionism but a means of teaching the Dharma. See also ṛddhi.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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