Illustrations from the Larger Sutra Mandala
|Glorious features of the Buddha
 At that time all the senses of the World-Honored
One radiated joy, [266c] his entire body
appeared serene and glorious, and his august
countenance looked most majestic. Having
perceived the Buddha's holy intention, the
Venerable Ananda rose from his seat, bared
his right shoulder, prostrated himself, and
joining his palms in reverence, said to the
Buddha, "World-Honored One, today all
your senses are radiant with joy, your body
is serene and glorious, and your august countenance
is as majestic as a clear mirror whose brightness
radiates outward and inward. The magnificence
of your dignified appearance is unsurpassed
and beyond measure. I have never seen you
look so superb and majestic as today. With
respect, Great Sage, this thought has occurred
to me: 'Today, the World-Honored One dwells
in the rare and marvelous Dharma; today,
the World-Hero dwells in the Buddha's abode;
today, the World-Eye concentrates on the
performance of the leader's duty; today,
the World-Valiant One dwells in the supreme
Bodhi; today, the One Most Honored in
Heaven realizes the Tathagata's virtue. The
Buddhas of the past, present and future contemplate
each other. How can this present Buddha not
contemplate all other Buddhas?' For what
reason does his countenance look so majestic
Then the World-Honored One said to Ananda,
"Tell me, Ananda, whether some god urged
you to put this question to the Buddha or
whether you asked about his glorious countenance
from your own wise observation."
Ananda replied to the Buddha, "No god
came to prompt me. I asked you about this
matter of my own accord."
The Buddha said, "Well said, Ananda.
I am very pleased with your question. You
have shown profound wisdom and subtle insight
in asking me this wise question out of compassion
for sentient beings. As the Tathagata, I
regard beings of the three worlds with boundless
great compassion. The reason for my appearance
in the world is to reveal teachings of the
Way and save multitudes of beings by endowing
them with true benefits. Even in countless
millions of kalpas it is difficult to come
upon and meet a Tathagata. It is as difficult
as seeing an udumbara flower, which blooms
very rarely. Your question is of great
benefit and will enlighten all heavenly and
human beings. Ananda, you should realize
that the Tathagata's perfectly enlightened
wisdom is unfathomable, capable of leading
innumerable beings to emancipation, and that
his penetrating insight cannot be obstructed.
With just one meal, he is able to live for
a hundred thousand kotis of kalpas, or an
incalculable and immeasurable length of time,
or beyond. Even after that lapse of time,
his senses will still be radiant with joy
and show no signs of deterioration; his appearance
will not change, and his august countenance
will look just the same. The reason for this
is that the Tathagata's meditation and wisdom
are perfect and boundless and that he has
attained unrestricted power over all dharmas.
Ananda, listen carefully. I shall now expound
Ananda replied, "Yes, I will. With joy
in my heart, I wish to hear the Dharma."
 The Buddha said to Ananda, "In the
distant past -- innumerable, incalculable
and inconceivable kalpas ago -- a Tathagata
named Dipankara appeared in the world. Having
taught and freed innumerable beings and led
them all along the path of Enlightenment,
he passed into Nirvana. Next appeared a Tathagata
named Far-reaching Light. After him came
Moonlight, and then Sandalwool-Incense, King
of Beautiful Mountains, Crown of Mount Sumeru,
Brilliant like Mount Sumeru, Color of
the Moon, Right Recollection, Free of Defilement,
Non-attachment, Dragon-deva, Nocturnal Light,
Peaceful and Brilliant Peak, Immovable Ground,
[267a] Exquisite Beryl Flower, Golden Beryl
Luster, Gold-treasury, Flaming Light, Fiery
Origin, Earth-shaking, Image of the Moon,
Sound of the Sun, Flower of Freedom, Glorious
Light, Miraculous Power of the Ocean of Enlightenment,
Water Light, Great Fragrance, Free of Dust
and Defilement, Abandoning Enmity, Flame
of Jewels, Beautiful Peak, Heroic Stance,
Merit-possessing Wisdom, Outshining the Sun
and the Moon, Beryl Light of the Sun and
the Moon, Supreme Beryl Light, Highest Peak,
Flower of Enlightenment, Brightness of the
Moon, Sunlight, King of the Colors of
Flowers, Moonlight on the Water, Dispelling
the Darkness of Ignorance, Practice of Removing
Hindrances, Pure Faith, Storage of Good,
Majestic Glory, Wisdom of the Dharma, Call
of the Phoenix, Roar of the Lion, Voice of
the Dragon and Dwelling-in-the-world. All
these Buddhas have already passed into Nirvana.
|Lokeshvararaja Buddha and Dharmakara
 "Then appeared a Buddha named Lokeshvararaja,
the Tathagata, Arhat, Perfectly Enlightened
One, Possessed of Wisdom and Practice, Perfected
One, Knower of the World, Unsurpassed One,
Tamer of Men, Master of Gods and Men, Buddha
and World-Honored One.
"At that time there was a king, who,
having heard the Buddha's exposition of the
Dharma, rejoiced in his heart and awakened
aspiration for the highest, perfect Enlightenment.
He renounced his kingdom and the throne,
and became a monk named Dharmakara. Having
superior intelligence, courage and wisdom,
he distinguished himself in the world. He
went to see the Tathagata Lokeshvararaja,
knelt down at his feet, walked round him
three times keeping him always on his right,
prostrated himself on the ground, and putting
his palms together in worship, praised the
Buddha with these verses:
The king renounced the world and became a
monk, called Dharmakara.
|Sanbutsuge - Verses Praising the Buddha
1. The shining face of the Buddha is glorious;
Boundless is his magnificence.
Radiant splendor such as his
Is beyond all comparison.
The sun, the moon and the mani-jewel,
Though shining with dazzling brightness,
Are completely dimmed and obscured
As if they were a pile of ink-sticks
.2. The countenance of the Tathagata
Is beyond compare in the whole world.
The great voice of the Enlightened One
Resounds throughout the ten regions.
His morality, learning, endeavor,
Absorption in meditation, wisdom
And magnificent virtues have no equal;
They are wonderful and unsurpassed.
3. He meditates deeply and directly
On the oceanic Dharma of all the Buddhas.
He knows its depth and breadth
And penetrates to its farthest end.
Ignorance, greed and anger
Are forever absent in the World-Honored One.
He is the lion, the most valiant of all men;
His glorious virtue is unlimited.
4. His meritorious achievements are vast;
His wisdom is deep and sublime.
His light, with awe-inspiring glory, [267b]
Shakes the universe of a thousand million
I resolve to become a Buddha,
Equal in attainment to you, O holy king of
To save living beings from birth-and-death,
And to lead them all to emancipation.
5. My discipline in giving, mind-control,
Moral virtues, forbearance and effort,
And also in meditation and wisdom,
Shall be supreme and unsurpassed.
I vow that, when I have become a Buddha,
I shall carry out this promise everywhere;
And to all fear-ridden beings
Shall I give great peace.
6. Even though there are Buddhas,
A thousand million kotis in number,
And multitudes of great sages
Countless as the sands of the Ganges,
I shall make offerings
To all those Buddhas.
I shall seek the supreme Way
Resolutely and tirelessly.
7. Even though the Buddha-lands are as innumerable
As the sands of the Ganges,
And other regions and worlds
Are also without number,
My light shall shine everywhere,
Pervading all those lands.
Such being the result of my efforts,
My glorious power shall be immeasurable.
8. When I have become a Buddha,
My land shall be most exquisite,
And its people wonderful and unexcelled;
The seat of Enlightenment shall be supreme.
My land, being like Nirvana itself,
Shall be beyond comparison.
I take pity on living beings
And resolve to save them all.
9. Those who come from the ten quarters
Shall find joy and serenity of heart;
When they reach my land,
They shall dwell in peace and happiness.
I beg you, the Buddha, to become my witness
And to vouch for the truth of my aspiration.
Having now made my vows to you,
I will strive to fulfill them.
10. The World-Honored Ones in the ten quarters
Have unimpeded wisdom;
I call upon those Honored Ones
To bear witness to my intention.
Even though I must remain
In a state of extreme pain,
I will diligently practice,
Enduring all hardships with tireless
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