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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Scented Quote if the day, from the Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti:








"(…) Noble sirs, how does the Tathagata Sugandhakuta teach his Dharma?

They replied the Tathagata does not teach the Dharma by means of sound and language. He disciplines the bodhisattvas only by means of perfumes. At the foot of each perfume-tree sits a bodhisattva and the trees emit perfumes like this one. From the moment they smell that perfume, the boddhisattvas attain the concentration called “the source of all bodhisattvas-virtues. From the moment they attain that concentration all the bodhisattvas-virtues are produced in them.”

The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti
Translation by Robert A. F. Thurman

3 Comments:

Blogger Liz said...

Womderful. Thank you. :)

8:28 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Um... I mean wonderful. LOL.

8:28 PM  
Blogger The Scented Salamander said...

Yes, it's a wonderful passage...I'm still trying to wrap my head around that idea and attempting to imagine the quality of that perfume. I guess it's a good object of meditation :)

10:45 PM  

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