|The Buddha-to-come (Ragg Burns Imaging)|
And among a number of monastics who had gathered together after their meal, after gathering alms, sitting in the Kareri Pavilion, there arose a serious discussion on past lives. They said: "This is how it was in a past life!" "That is how it was!"
"Disciples, what was your conversation as you sat together? What discussion did I interrupt?" and they told him.
|Japan's massive contribution to Bodh Gaya, India (sairamtangirala)|
|The Buddha detailed two dozen previous ones|
"And, disciples, in this present fortunate aeon I, too, have now arisen in the world as the Arhat, the fully enlightened [teaching] Buddha.
[There will, however, come a time when it is reduced to 10 years then will increase again to many tens of thousands because these things are cyclical and based on karma.]
Buddhas of the past
|Buddha from Above (JFlybring/flickr.com)|
"Venerable sir, it is time for that! Well-Farer, it is time for that! If the Blessed One were to give a proper discourse on past lives, the monastics would listen and remember it."
- *These beings are categorized as hellions (narakas) in one of the worst hell realms of isolation and total desolation rather than the overt pain of the various tormenting hells (niraya) such as Avici. Such rebirth destinations are said to be reserved for the worst of living beings who have exhausted their time in tormented worlds but whose karma (deeds) were so odious as to leave them cast off in the dark and alone for a long time. No hell is actually eternal no matter how long it lasts.