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I am related to the Buddha?

Just found out I share a common ancestry with the Buddha ...
Iz science!
Maybe you too? Ah interdependence ...

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  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    Long live the primordial soup!

    lobsterRowan1980
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Hmm so does this mean that I'm related to a logarithm ?

  • LionduckLionduck Veteran

    Run it back far enough and we are all just brothers and sisters and cousins.
    but, since Buddha arises from the common mortal, we are

    lobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    I may be descended from the Buddhas uncle and father in law:
    SupperBuddha or King SuperBuddha (not sure of pronunciation, no records exist on https://www.genealogy.com/)
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suppabuddha

    ... though I like to think I may have naga blood somewhere in my game of lion thrones :skull:

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    Yes, if you look at the generations simply your number of ancestors doubles each time... it becomes a very large number quite quickly. It’s fun to think about, some people go to considerable lengths to find out what they can find out about their ancestors.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Well @Kerome you're obviously very closely related to Ho Tei... I mean, your photo avatar is a dead ringer...

    KeromeKundo
  • seeker242seeker242 Zen Florida, USA Veteran

    Most likely =)

    "A being who has not been your mother at one time in the past is not easy to find... A being who has not been your father... your brother... your sister... your son... your daughter at one time in the past is not easy to find. "Why is that? From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. SN 15.14-19 "

  • FoibleFullFoibleFull Canada Veteran

    "Buddha" is a state of being. We are ALL "Buddhas", according to the monks. We just don't know it.
    THE Buddha was just one enlightened being ... Siddhartha.

    lobster
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    There has been many "I"s and will be many more "I"s...

    We all share a common ancestor

    Fosdick
  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    Yes indeed, and I posit that would be the primordial slime, the progenitor of every living thing - the progenitor, not just of humans, but of US. We're all family here on this earth.

    KeromeShoshin
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @Fosdick said:
    Yes indeed, and I posit that would be the primordial slime, the progenitor of every living thing - the progenitor, not just of humans, but of US. We're all family here on this earth.

    Including the penguins and the killer whales!

  • @Kerome said:
    Including the penguins and the killer whales!

    Someone at a retreat I recently attended asked, “When I’m doing the walking meditation, and I’m expressing compassion for the beings who cross my path, and I watch a spider trap and eat a fly, who do I have compassion for?” And our teacher answered both—he doesn’t know how it is for spiders and flies, he doesn’t know if it’s possible to feel happy as you’re being eaten, but he knows he can still wish it. That was an expression of interdependence to my mind.

    KeromeShoshinlobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited May 9

    I never wish to eat flies or be a spider (lobsters are distant cousins)

    I am very happy to have 3 or 4 (at least) spiders in my kitchen that I am on friendly terms with. I sometimes leave the window open so that their winged food can cure their recent winter arachnid anaemia.

    So I have favourites :3 Spider attachments :o

    I am kind to fish. Eating them allows them to be fulfilled ... eh ... my distant ancestral family - Clan Shakya - did eat fish you know ... o:)

    adamcrossley
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    But can you be related to the Buddha if he did not have children? I suppose you might be related to the buddha’s father or mother, and so to the Buddha, depending on if the clan progressed from there... or to the buddha’s ancestors and other relations.

    Demographics are a complicated subject, once you start looking at the patterns of intermarriage within societies... there is bound to be a certain amount of stratification based on class and perhaps wealth. People are strange.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    The buddha did have children... He had a Son, Rahula...

    adamcrossleyKerome
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Indeed. Rahula became a monk but who knows what he got up to being brought up by a single parent during his teenage rebellion ... His gestation period was six years [mmm ...] O.o

  • Rowan1980Rowan1980 Keeper of the Zoo Asheville, NC Veteran

    Not according to my 23andme results!

  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran

    The Buddha was an English gentleman, and being Irish I couldn't possibly be related, even under EU regulations. ?

    federicalobsterShoshinKundo
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