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Click to Expand/Collapse Option0 Nidāna
Click to Expand/Collapse Option1. The simile of a tathāgata in a lotus
Click to Expand/Collapse Option2. The simile of honey shielded by bees
Click to Expand/Collapse Option3. The simile of kernels enclosed by husks
Click to Expand/Collapse Option4. The simile of a gold nugget in excrement
Click to Expand/Collapse Option5. The simile of a hidden treasure beneath the house of some poor person
Click to Expand/Collapse Option6. The simile of a sprout in the seed
Click to Expand/Collapse Option7. The simile of a tathāgata image wrapped in rotten rags
Click to Expand/Collapse Option8. The simile of the future universal emperor in the womb of a poor, depressed woman
Click to Expand/Collapse Option9. The simile of golden figures within burned clay molds
Click to Expand/Collapse Option10. Merit from propagating the TGS
Click to Expand/Collapse Option11. The story of *Sadāpramuktaraśmi and *Anantaraśmi
Click to Expand/Collapse Option12. Ānanda questions the Buddha about the length of time till perfection
Click to Expand/Collapse Option13. Colophon
Tib: Zimmermann (2002) 1A
rigs kyi bu dag ’di lta ste dper na | skyes bu lha’i mig can la la źig gis | lha’i mig gis ’di ltar kha dog ṅan ciṅ | ’di ltar dri ṅa ba’i padma kha ma bye źiṅ | ma gyes pa dag la bltas te | de’i dbus na padma’i sñiṅ po la de bźin gśegs pa skyil mo kruṅ bcas śiṅ ’dug par rig nas | de bźin gśegs pa’i gzugs blta bar ’dod de | de bźin gśegs pa’i gzugs de yaṅ dag par sbyaṅ ba’i phyir | padma’i mdab ma kha dog ṅan ciṅ dri ṅa la | smad par ’os pa de dag ’byed ciṅ sel ba de bźin du | rigs kyi bu dag de bźin gśegs pas kyaṅ saṅs rgyas kyi mig gis sems can thams cad de bźin gśegs pa’i sñiṅ por mthoṅ nas | sems can de dag gi ’dod chags daṅ | źe sdaṅ daṅ | gti mug daṅ | sred pa daṅ | ma rig pa’i ñon moṅs pa’i sbubs dbye ba’i phyir chos ston te | de sgrub pa’i de bźin gśegs pa rnams ni yaṅ dag pa ñid du gnas so ||
Tib: Zimmermann (2002), Bathang version
rigs kyi bu ’di lta ste : dper na skyes bu źig gi ’phral kyi mig gi de lta’i khatog ṅan pa dri mi źim pa pad mo’i sñiṅ po de la ’das pa pad mo’i sñiṅ po de’i naṅ na : de bźin gśegs pa bźugs na ni : de bźin ñid mthoṅ źiṅ śes na : de bźin gśegs pa’i sku mthoṅ bar ’dod de : khatog ṅan pa daṅ : dri mi źim par smod pa’i pad moi lo ma lhag par byed ciṅ sel ba ni de bźin gśegs pa de bźin gśegs pa de’i sku sbyaṅs ba’i phyir ro : rigs kyi bu de ltar de bźin gśegs pas : saṅs rgyas kyis mig gis seṁs can seṁs can thaṁs cad de bźin gśegs pa’i sñiṅ por mthoṅ ste : seṁs can de dag ’dod chags daṅ : źesdaṅ daṅ gtimug daṅ : sred pa daṅ : ma rig pa daṅ : ñon moṅs pa’i mdzod sbyaṅs pa’i phyir : chos bśad de gaṅ nan tan byed pa ni de bźin gśegs pa yoṅsu dag par gnas so :
Chi: 佛陀跋陀, T.666 457c3-7
Chi: 不空, T.667 461c12-19
Eng: Zimmermann (2002)
“Sons of good family, it is like the example of a person endowed with divine vision [who] would [use this] divine vision to look at such unsightly and putrid lotuses, not blooming and not open, and would [owing to his vision] recognize that there are tathāgatas sitting cross-legged in their center, in the calyx of [each] lotus, and [knowing that, he] would then desire to look at the forms of the tathāgatas; [he would] then peel away and remove the unsightly, putrid and disgusting lotus petals in order to thoroughly clean the forms of the tathāgatas.
In the same way, sons of good family, with the vision of a buddha, the Tathāgata also perceives that all sentient beings contain a tathāgata (tathāgatagarbha), and [therefore] teaches the Dharma [to them] in order to peel away the sheaths of those sentient beings [encased in such] defilements [as] desire, anger, misguidedness, longing and ignorance. And after [those sentient beings] have realized the [Dharma, their] tathāgatas [inside] are established in the perfection [of the tathāgatas].”
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