What does buddhism say about astral projection?

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Cassie

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Humble One

It is a higher fruit of the contemplative life, achieved by ardous training.
Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life, Digha Nikaya 2 :
Supranormal Powers
“With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers. He wields manifold supranormal powers. Having been one he becomes many; having been many he becomes one. He appears. He vanishes. He goes unimpeded through walls, ramparts, and mountains as if through space. He dives in and out of the earth as if it were water. He walks on water without sinking as if it were dry land. Sitting cross-legged he flies through the air like a winged bird. With his hand he touches and strokes even the sun and moon, so mighty and powerful. He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds. Just as a skilled potter or his assistant could craft from well-prepared clay whatever kind of pottery vessel he likes, or as a skilled ivory-carver or his assistant could craft from well-prepared ivory any kind of ivory-work he likes, or as a skilled goldsmith or his assistant could craft from well-prepared gold any kind of gold article he likes; in the same way – with his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability – the monk directs and inclines it to the modes of supranormal powers… He exercises influence with his body even as far as the Brahma worlds.
“This, too, great king, is a fruit of the contemplative life, visible here and now, more excellent than the previous ones and more sublime.”
There do exist accounts of the Buddha demonstrating iddhis in commentaries of Tipitaka and other works. One of the Buddha’s great disciples, Moggallana is recorded to have six types of supernormal powers. Through developing his mind over an infinite period of time, Moggallana was capable of a much wider experience in space and time. His knowledge transcended the limitations and boundaries of the normal mind. Some of his powers and feats have been carefully documented and preserved to help future generations understand the full potential of the mind. One of the power is astral travel. You can find his story in : http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/Relatives_and_Disciples_of_the_Buddha_By_Radhika_Abeysekera
BUT THE BUDDHA SAYS THAT :
The various iddhis (psychic power) that are demonstrated – flying through the air, becoming invisible, clairaudience, clairvoyance and the like are “sasava and upadhika” –> motivated by graping and clinging, motivated by attachment.
The opposite kind of iddhi – “anasava and anuppdhika” namely the ability to control one’s own mind at will. The possesion of mindfulness, constant awareness and equanimity is this kind of iddhi.
This sort of iddhi lie within the capabilities of most people. This sort of iddhi is worth thinking about. We should take interest in the most beneficial ones we can produce, not in the sort of iddhis we can’t perform.
The buddha did not deny mental iddhis, but he strongly dissaprroved of demonstrating them, because they are mere illussions, can bring deception to us. He therefore prohibited the demonstration of them by bhikkhus.

SGç±³ BROKER

Buddha did not, do not, and will not need any form of projection.
This is because ‘projection’ which is astral or non-astral is still a ‘projection’
The enlightenment of Buddha is ultimate and the most supreme that it need no projection and does not even require a need to recognize that there is any ultimate and most supreme enlightenment even though if there is such ‘enlightenment’.

SGç±³ BROKER

Buddha did not, do not, and will not need any form of projection.
This is because ‘projection’ which is astral or non-astral is still a ‘projection’
The enlightenment of Buddha is ultimate and the most supreme that it need no projection and does not even require a need to recognize that there is any ultimate and most supreme enlightenment even though if there is such ‘enlightenment’.

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