Miracles of Gautama Buddha

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According to Buddhist texts, Gautama Buddha possessed several superhuman powers and abilities; however, due to an understanding of the workings of the skeptical mind and how the display of miracles can be abused by unscrupulous people, he reportedly responded to a request for miracles by saying, "...I dislike, reject and despise them,"[1] and refused to comply.

Miraculous birth

It is said[2] that immediately after his birth, he stood up, took seven steps north, and uttered:

"I am chief of the world,
Eldest am I in the world,
Foremost am I in the world.
This is the last birth.
There is now no more coming to be."

Furthermore, every place the baby Buddha placed his foot, a lotus flower bloomed.[2] There is a claim that the Buddha's birth was miraculous via his mother's dream of a white elephant.[3] This does not mean that the Buddha, had a 'virgin birth' like the Christian gospels of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Buddha's biological father is accepted as King Suddhodana.

Other miracles

Other miracles and powers that Gautama Buddha was said to have possessed and exercised include the six higher knowledges (Abhijna): Iddhi, telepathy, super-hearing, divine seeing, and seeing past lives. These are described in the Mahasihanada Sutta and other suttas in the Pali canon.[4]

The Twin Miracle at Sravasti is also considered as the Buddhist miracle par excellence.[5]

See also


  1. The Long Discourses of the Buddha, A Translation of the Dīgha Níkāya by Maurice Walshe, Wisdom Publication, Boston 1995, p. 176 Template:Full
  2. 2.0 2.1 Template:Cite web
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  4. Maha-sihanada Sutta
  5. Relics of the Buddha, John Strong, Motilal Banarsidass Publisher, 2007 p.177


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