July 2024

Appearing Differently to All While Not Departing from Emptiness, the Essence of the True Nature of Things

5 Jul 2024

This short philosophical discourse opens with the Buddha described as unmoving from the true nature of things. Although at this time he has no thought of teaching the Dharma, different members of the audience nevertheless believe that they have heard a teaching. On the basis of their differing perceptions, five distinct philosophical views concerning the true nature of things come to be held by different members of the audience.
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84000新英譯佛典 : 《蘇摩伽陀經》 圓滿法藏:《摩竭陀賢女經》

2 Jul 2024

佛在舍衛國祇樹給孤獨園時,給孤獨長者之女蘇摩伽陀遠嫁福增城,而丈夫則是信奉尼乾子外道商人之子旃陀伽。到了婆家以後,見到尼乾子外道修士的蘇摩伽陀感到厭惡,悶悶不樂。婆婆見狀問之,蘇摩伽陀便告知婆婆有關佛陀的事蹟。經婆婆指示,蘇摩伽陀準備好食物,接著在房頂祈請佛陀和僧團接受供養。得知此事的阿難請示佛陀,佛陀于是要求所有已證得神通的弟子帶上符木前往福增城應供。抵達當地的弟子們紛紛各顯神通,而蘇摩伽陀則簡短地逐一介紹。
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The Exemplary Tale of Sumāgadhā

2 Jul 2024

This sūtra opens at Prince Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍada’s Park, in Śrāvastī, where the Buddha is staying. At the time, Anāthapiṇḍada’s daughter Sumāgadhā is married off to Vṛṣabhadatta, the son of a nirgrantha merchant in the distant city of Puṇḍravardhana. After arriving at the home of her in-laws, Sumāgadhā is repulsed and disheartened on encountering the nirgrantha mendicants.
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