If you would join the singular retinue of the Astasāhasrikā-Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra [The Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines] and the Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra [Lotus Sūtra]

you must place before you in your mind the figure of the Buddha as pictured in a sūtra such as the Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra, because such an image is one of wisdom and compassion. Like the Buddha himself, such and image of the Buddha can serve as a refuge from endless worldly futility and is a pure land of peace and harmony. But that is not enough! You must also learn what

the Pratyutpanna-Samādhi-Sūtra [The Samadhi of being in the Presence of all the Buddhas] teaches us, how to experience all this in the way that the Buddha does - as a seamless, boundless fluorescence of emptiness in which his 32 major and 80 minor marks are recognized as each being a gate into an inner meaning which is a fruition one facet of our spiritual character as a bodhisattva

on the path of worldliness to the perfection of our humanity as described in the Daśabhūmika Sūtra’s [10 Stage Sūtra]* depiction of the 10 stages of the Path in the Bodhisattva Career of

such intrepid and intelligent people as has had their insight clarified by the challenges of the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā [Diamond Sūtra] - and then gone on to embrace the profound depth of the nature of there being as actors seeking the fullness of their situation as human beings and benefactors by seeking the deep intent of the Buddha in the Saṃdhinirmocana-sūtra. [Sūtra Elucidating the Hidden Intent]

These texts are the relics of the Buddha, but in their form as your understanding of them, these texts are the sacred relics that you can place in the stupa created by your recollection of his form!

* A version of the Daśabhūmika Sūtra [10 Stage Sūtra] is found in Chapter 39 of the Avataṃsaka Sūtra.

Leo Rivers

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