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Alara Kalama

Alara Kalama, also known as Ārāḍa Kālāma, was a hermit saint and a teacher of yogic meditation.[1][2] According to the Pali Canon scriptures, he was one of the teachers of Gautama Buddha.[3] After departure Gotama Buddha went to Alara Kalama, who was a teacher in India at that time and taught a kind of preclassic Samkhya at Vaisali.[4] Alara taught Gautama Buddha meditation, especially a Jhanic state called the "Base of Nothingness" (Pali: ākiñcaññāyatana).[5] After practising hard Gautama Buddha equalled Alara. At this time, Alara Kalama could not teach Buddha any more and he told,
You are the same as I am now. There is no difference between us. Stay here and take my place and teach my students with me.[3]
But Gautama Buddha was not interested in staying and wanted to learn more, and consequently left Alara. After leaving Kalama, Buddha found a new teacher, Udaka Ramaputta.[6]

References

  1. ^ Laumakis, Stephen. An Introduction to Buddhist philosophy. 2008. p. 8
  2. ^ Upadhyaya, K. N. (1971). Early Buddhism and the Bhagavadgita. Dehli, India: Motilal Banarsidass. p. 95.  
  3. ^ a b "Ariyapariyesana Sutta,translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ Eliade, Mircea (2009). Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. New Jersey, USA: Princeton University Press. p. 162.  
  5. ^ "Ālāra Kālāma". Article on Palikanon.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  6. ^ "The Buddha's First Teachers". Article on Buddhanet.net. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
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