Buddhist kama muta

Buddhist kama muta

Let us today learn something about kama muta in Buddhism:

Alan P. Fiske[1] writes that “the principal prototype and precedent of the Buddhist kam muta mote is third-person kama muta when observing, hearing, or reading about the paragon Buddha’s paradigmatic loving-kindness.” But “[t]he percept is that first-person kama muta should also occur at the culmination of pilgrimage to sacred places associated with the Buddha.“

Fittingly, Eckel[2] reports: “The Pali account of Buddha’s death in ‘The Discourse on the Great Decease’ (Mahāparinibbāna Sutta) mentions four places that a person should ’see and be moved by’ (dassanīyāni samvejanīyāni): the place where Buddha was born, the place where he attained enlightenment, the place where he delivered his first sermon, and the place where he passed away.“


[1]: Kama Muta: Discovering the Connecting Emotion (Book, 2019)

[2]: Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Book, 2005)