Mahapurisa – Great Being
Master of interdependences to awake
This website provides the key to unlock the hidden meanings in the Pāli Buddhist scriptures (the Pāli Tipitaka) towards awakening and realizing the Mahapurisa ideal.
Who is a Mahapurisa? He is a person who completely masters the interdependences to awake.
In Buddhist Pāli scriptures, the Mahapurisa is either a Samma Sambuddha or a Wheel-Turning Monarch. When Buddha Sakyamuni was born, soothsayers recognized the thirty-two significant physical marks of a Great Being on Him and predicted that He will become either a Samma Sambuddha or a Wheel-Turning Monarch.
Every aspect of a Samma Sambuddha and a Wheel-Turning Monarch embodies two paths by which a person becomes a Mahapurisa.
Here, we introduce you to a true super being. Just as comic book super-heroes and real-life people who have overcome great odds to achieve great things have inspired you to go beyond your own limitations, through knowing a Mahapurisa you can experience His world and His blessings.
In an age when people are so immersed in material as well as spiritual activities, it is a great blessing to experience the power of twin miracle which is the dual aspect of the Mahapurisa that align us to the middle path. The two Great Beings of a Wheel-Turning Monarch and a Samma Sambuddha provide an integrated view of the mundane and the supra-mundane that people can use to fulfill their greatest potential.
In the Cakkavatti Sutta, Buddha Sakyamuni described that in future Buddha Metteya will appear in the world together with a Wheel-Turning Monarch, King Sankha. The appearance of a Samma Sambuddha and a Wheel-Turning Monarch together, a twin miracle, gives rise to an enlightened world.
Nevertheless we are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to experience the manifestation of this twin miracle in the suttas here and now.
From Digha Nikāya 16, Mahaparinibbana Sutta:
‘Ānanda has four remarkable and wonderful qualities. What are they? If a company of monks comes to see Ānanda, they are pleased at the sight of him, and when Ānanda talks Dhamma to them they are pleased, and when he is silent they are disappointed. And so it is, too, with nuns, with male and female lay-followers. And these four qualities apply to a Wheel Turning Monarch: if he is visited by a company of Khattiyas, of Brahmins, of householders, or of ascetics, they are pleased at the sight of him and when he talks to them, and when he is silent they are disappointed. And so too it is with Ānanda.’
As Ānanda has the qualities of a Mahapurisa and he had served the Buddha who is the embodiment of the Tipitaka, thus he truly symbolises the Mahapurisa-Tipitaka.
From Theragāthā 1024:
‘I received from the Buddha 82,000,
And from the bhikkhus 2,000 more,
Thus there are 84,000 units,
Teachings that are set in motion.
The above verse uttered by Ānanda shows that he had mastery of the Tipitaka.
1. Samma Sambuddha
- Spiritual mastery
- Stays in the middle path to avoid the trap of Samsaric force.
- Uses renunciation and hardship to accomplish wisdom power
- Direct Path
2. Wheel Turning Monarch
- Worldly mastery
- Masters the power of Samsaric force to increase merits.
- Serves to benefit others to accomplish merits power.
- Indirect Path
Both use essence of mindfulness as their key to accomplishment
What is the Essence of a Mahapurisa?
Traditionally a Samma Sambuddha is defined as one who possesses the nine virtues of the Buddha.
We would like to offer a different perspective of a Samma Sambuddha by using the fruition of the miraculous events of enlightenment of Buddha Sakyamuni in Bodhgaya.
Both Samma Sambuddha and Wheel Turning Monarch possess three special qualities:
- A Special Key to Unlock Hidden Meanings
- Meditation on Buddha’s Words
- Individualised Paths, Unbounded Attainments
A Special Key to Unlock Hidden Meanings
Buddha’s enlightened activities at Bodhgaya provide a key to deeper meaning in Buddha’s teachings as recorded in the Pāli scriptures.
These deeper layers of insight are important as they reveal correct views and ways of practice supremely suited to people of current times and crucial for the continuation and flourishing of Dhamma in the world.
Meditation on Buddha’s Words
The Buddha’s presentation of Dhamma as recorded in the Buddhist scriptures has special power to awaken our boundless potential.
However, the full power of the scriptures can only manifest if read with correct view.
The Mahapurisa tradition teaches us how to read and meditate on the Pāli Buddhist scriptures to unlock the full power of Buddha’s words.
Individualised Paths, Unbounded Attainments
The Mahapurisa tradition recognizes the uniqueness of individuals and empowers them to tread their own path to realize their greatest potential.
The traditional path of moral discipline, meditative concentration and wisdom is increasingly difficult for people of current times to really practice and accomplish. They require a presentation of Dhamma that suits their temperaments and intelligence.
The Mahapurisa tradition offers a new perspective on Buddhist view and practice utterly suited to people of the twenty-first century and beyond.
They will acquire the wisdom to recognize the most meaningful Dhamma in what is otherwise considered meaningless distractions. People will be empowered to forge their own unique path to awakening regardless of their life conditions.
Those who tread this path become Great Beings, Mahapurisas, who will give rise to enlightened worlds that align all sentient beings to great liberation!
Some of the material presented here may seem contrary to conventional interpretations and understanding of Buddhist history, philosophy and practice. The explanations may even appear illogical.
However, we believe that the basic view derived from this unique perspective of what Buddha taught is correct and does not contradict the teachings of traditional Buddhist schools.
We encourage people to exercise their intelligence to understand Buddha’s words and to test the truth of the teachings against real life experiences. Rather than trying to change ourselves and our world according to our beliefs, we act according to the nature of the world to awaken!
Is there a need to reinterpret Buddha’s teachings from the Pāli scriptures?
We believe that Buddhism is a living tradition that should adapt to changing conditions. As time progresses, the world changes, along with the tendencies and capabilities of people. The truth or Dhamma is unchanging but its presentation needs to suit the minds of people of different eras.
The teachings of the Mahapurisa tradition cut straight to the core of all of Buddha’s teachings, namely Right View which is the correct understanding of dependent arising.
Right View is the most important teaching and foundation for all practices. Right View transforms all our spiritual practices and worldly activities into actual paths to enlightenment. Wonderful!