Quotes

Verses On Adornment

见严饰人,当愿众生,
三十二相,以为严好。

见无严饰,当愿众生
舍诸饰好,具头陀行。

– 文殊菩萨
(华严经: 净行品: 第78-79偈)

Seeing magnificently adorned persons,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
[have the] thirty-two forms,*
as [their] excellent adornments.’**

Seeing [those] without magnificent adornments,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
renounce all fine ornaments,
[to be] complete [with] ascetic practices.’***

– Manjusri Bodhisattva
(Avatamsaka Sutra: Chapter 11 On Pure Practices: Verse 78-79)

* which are physical features of Buddhas
** as the forms arise due to many virtues
*** for training frugal living with non-attachment to clothing, food and shelter 

Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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