Tathagata
(Sanskrit/Pali = the one thus gone, the one who has just arrived, or the one who is just so)

The title that the historical Buddha used the most often when he was referring to himself.

Notes
1. The term's precise meaning is uncertain. The most widely accepted interpretation is “one who has thus (tatha) gone (gata)” or “one who has thus (tatha) arrived (agata).”

The latter implies that the historical Buddha is just one of many past and future Buddhas.
Categories: buddhism


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