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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) 2A
rigs kyi bu dag gźan yaṅ ’di lta ste dper na | sbraṅ tshaṅ zlum po śiṅ gi yal ga la ’phyaṅ ba || buṅ ba ’bum gyis kun tu bsruṅs śiṅ || sbraṅ rtsis yoṅs su gaṅ ba źig yod la || de nas sbraṅ rtsi ’dod pa’i mi źig gis srog chags kyi rnam pa buṅ ba de dag thabs mkhas pas bskrad nas | sbraṅ rtsi des sbraṅ rtsi’i bya ba byed do || rigs kyi bu dag de bźin du sems can thams cad kyaṅ sbraṅ tshaṅ daṅ ’dra ste | de la saṅs rgyas ñid ñon moṅs pa daṅ | ñe ba’i ñon moṅs pa bye ba phrag ’bum gyis śin tu bsruṅs pa | de bźin gśegs pa’i ye śes mthoṅ bas rig go || rigs kyi bu dag ji ltar sbraṅ tshaṅ gi naṅ na | sbraṅ rtsi buṅ ba bye ba phrag ’bum gyis kun tu bsruṅs pa yod par skyes bu mkhas pa źig gis śes pas rig pa de bźin du | sems can thams cad la yaṅ saṅs rgyas ñid ñon moṅs pa daṅ | ñe ba’i ñon moṅs pa bye ba phrag ’bum gyis kun tu bsruṅs pa yod par de bźin gśegs pa’i ye śes mthoṅ bas rig ste |
Tib: Zimmermann (2002), Bathang version
rigs gyi bu gźan yaṅ ’di lta ste : dper na : sbraṅ rtsi’i stod zlum por gyur pa śiṅ gis yas ga ’phyaṅ ste : buṅ ba brgyastoṅ gi sruṅs sbraṅ rtsi yoṅsu gaṅ ba sbraṅ rtsi ’dod pa’i skyes bus ba srog chagsu gyur pa dag thaṁs cad mkhas pas bskrad nas sbraṅ rtsi sbraṅ rtsis ’i bya ba byed do : rigs kyi bu de lta bas na ’di bźin seṁs can thaṁs cad kyaṅ sbra rtsi ’dra ste : de bźin gśegs pa’i ye śes kyi mthoṅ bas : saṅs rgyas su ’gyur +ñon moṅs pa daṅ : ñe bar ñon moṅs pa bye ba stoṅ phrag brgyas sruṅ bar śes so : rigs kyi bu ci lta bu sbraṅ rtsi’i snod kyi dbus na bar śes pa’i skyesbus sbraṅ rtsi bye ba phrag stoṅ gis sruṅ bar ye śes kyi śes so : de ltar
Chi: 佛陀跋陀, T.666 457c23-28
Chi: 不空, T.667 462a10-18
Eng: Zimmermann (2002)
“Sons of good family, again it is as if there were, for example, a round honeycomb hanging from the branch of a tree, shielded on all sides by a hundred thousand bees and filled with honey. And a person desiring honey, [and knowing of the honey within,] would then with skill [in the application of appropriate] means expel all the living beings, the bees, and then use the honey [in the way] honey is to be used.
In the same way, sons of good family, all sentient beings without exception are like a honeycomb: with a tathāgata’s mental vision [I] realize that [their] buddhahood within is ‘shielded on all sides’ by myriads of defilements and impurities.
Sons of good family, just as a skillful person by [his] knowledge realizes that there is honey inside a honeycomb shielded on all sides by myriads of bees, in the same way [I] realize with [my] tathāgata’s mental vision that buddhahood is without exception ‘shielded on all sides’ in all sentient beings by myriads of defilements and impurities.”
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