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Nimmita-buddhas

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Nimmita-buddha; during the three months' absence of the Buddha, when He was engaged in preaching the Abhidamma to

His mother in the Tusita heaven, He created some Nimmita-buddhas as exact replicas of Himself.

These Nimmita-buddhas could not be distinguished from the Buddha in voice, words and even the rays of light that issued only by the gods of the higher realms of existence and not by ordinary gods or men.

From this description, it is clear that the early Theravadins conceived Buddha's Rupa-kaya or Sambhoga-kaya as that of a human being,

and His Dharma-kaya as the collection of His Dhamma, that is, doctrines and disciplinary rules, collectively.

Source

http://www.tuvienquangduc.com.au/English/basic/12believe010.html