[Buddha-l] Tathagata

Weng-Fai Wong wongwf at comp.nus.edu.sg
Tue Apr 8 02:33:44 MDT 2008

I strongly suggest you not read Li Hongzi (of Falungong fame) for any
authentic accounts of Buddhism.

W.F. Wong

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I was reading Zhuan Falun by Mr. Li Hongzi, founder of the Falun Dafa.
he claims that the Sakyamuni  reached "Tathagata level" at a later age and
at the time of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

My understanding (as an unlearned layman)is that "Tathagata" is a
name/epithet rather than a level of enlightenment and that Sakyamuni
the highest level of realisation(?) under the Bodhi Tree and hence, "The

I would appreciate someone setting me straight. Thank you.

harsha godavari

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