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'''Twelve deeds''' ([[Wyl.]] ''mdzad pa bcu gnyis'') - Twelve deeds carried out by a [[nirmanakaya|supreme nirmanakaya]] [[buddha]], such as the [[Buddha Shakyamuni]] are:
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The '''twelve deeds''' (Skt. ''dvadaśabuddhakārya''; [[Wyl.]] ''mdzad pa bcu gnyis'') carried out by a [[nirmanakaya|supreme nirmanakaya]] [[buddha]], such as the [[Buddha Shakyamuni]], are:
 
#the descent from [[Tushita]], the Joyous pure land (''dga' ldan gyi gnas nas 'pho ba''),
 
#the descent from [[Tushita]], the Joyous pure land (''dga' ldan gyi gnas nas 'pho ba''),
 
#entering the mother’s womb (''lhums su zhugs pa''),
 
#entering the mother’s womb (''lhums su zhugs pa''),
#taking birth in the [[Lumbini]] garden (''sku bltams pa''),
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#taking birth<ref>In the case of Buddha Shakyamuni, this was in the [[Lumbini]] garden.</ref> (''sku bltams pa''),
 
#becoming skilled in various arts (''bzo yi gnas la mkhas pa''),
 
#becoming skilled in various arts (''bzo yi gnas la mkhas pa''),
 
#delighting in the company of royal consorts (''btsun mo'i 'khor dgyes rol ba''),
 
#delighting in the company of royal consorts (''btsun mo'i 'khor dgyes rol ba''),
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#proceeding to the foot of the [[bodhi tree]] (''byang chub snying por gshegs pa''),
 
#proceeding to the foot of the [[bodhi tree]] (''byang chub snying por gshegs pa''),
 
#overcoming [[Mara]]’s hosts (''bdud btul ba''),
 
#overcoming [[Mara]]’s hosts (''bdud btul ba''),
#becoming fully enlightened (''mngon par rdzogs par sangs rgyas pa''),
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#becoming fully [[enlightenment|enlightened]] (''mngon par rdzogs par sangs rgyas pa''),
 
#turning the wheel of [[Dharma]] (''chos kyi 'khor lo bskor ba''), and
 
#turning the wheel of [[Dharma]] (''chos kyi 'khor lo bskor ba''), and
#passing into [[parinirvana|mahaparinirvana]] in the city of [[Kushinagara]] (''mya ngan las 'das pa'')
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#passing into [[parinirvana|mahaparinirvana]] <ref>In the case of Buddha Shakyamuni, this was in the city of [[Kushinagara]].</ref> (''mya ngan las 'das pa'')
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==Notes==
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==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
*Lobsang Dhargyay, 'The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha--A Controversial Hymn ascribed to Nagarjuna' in ''The Tibet Journal'', Vol.IX, No.2, Summer 1984
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*Lobsang Dhargyay, 'The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha—A Controversial Hymn ascribed to Nagarjuna' in ''The Tibet Journal'', Vol.IX, No.2, Summer 1984
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==

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The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha

The twelve deeds (Skt. dvadaśabuddhakārya; Wyl. mdzad pa bcu gnyis) carried out by a supreme nirmanakaya buddha, such as the Buddha Shakyamuni, are:

  1. the descent from Tushita, the Joyous pure land (dga' ldan gyi gnas nas 'pho ba),
  2. entering the mother’s womb (lhums su zhugs pa),
  3. taking birth[1] (sku bltams pa),
  4. becoming skilled in various arts (bzo yi gnas la mkhas pa),
  5. delighting in the company of royal consorts (btsun mo'i 'khor dgyes rol ba),
  6. developing renunciation and becoming ordained (rab tu byung ba),
  7. practicing austerities for six years (dka' ba spyad pa),
  8. proceeding to the foot of the bodhi tree (byang chub snying por gshegs pa),
  9. overcoming Mara’s hosts (bdud btul ba),
  10. becoming fully enlightened (mngon par rdzogs par sangs rgyas pa),
  11. turning the wheel of Dharma (chos kyi 'khor lo bskor ba), and
  12. passing into mahaparinirvana [2] (mya ngan las 'das pa)

Notes

  1. In the case of Buddha Shakyamuni, this was in the Lumbini garden.
  2. In the case of Buddha Shakyamuni, this was in the city of Kushinagara.

Further Reading

  • Lobsang Dhargyay, 'The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha—A Controversial Hymn ascribed to Nagarjuna' in The Tibet Journal, Vol.IX, No.2, Summer 1984

External Links