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The Thus Come One’s Body Constantly Abides 如来身常住

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或复示现三十二相、八十种好,以自庄严而现涅槃,喻如月蚀。
如是众生所见不同,或见半月,或见满月,或见月蚀,
而此月性实无增减、蚀啖之者,常是满月。
如来之身亦复如是,故曰常住不变。

— 释迦牟尼佛
《大般涅槃经》卷第九:如来性品第四之六

Perhaps again manifesting thirty-two forms, and eighty kinds of excellences, with them naturally adorned, then manifesting Parinirvāṇa, as an analogy, this is like a lunar eclipse. Thus, for sentient beings, that seen is not the same, perhaps seeing half of the moon, perhaps seeing the full moon, perhaps seeing a lunar eclipse, yet this moon’s nature is truly without increase or decrease, of that in an eclipse ‘eaten’, there constantly is the full moon. The body of the Thus Come One is likewise thus, therefore saying it constantly abides and does not change.

— Śākyamuni Buddha
Great Parinirvāṇa Sūtra: Ninth Scroll: The Thus Come One’s Nature’s Chapter’s Four Of Six

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