Sunday, March 11, 2007

Cloud Affair


The Tathagata is benevolent and has great compassion,

fearlessly he is willing to impart to living beings

the Wisdom of the Buddha

fragments taken from
सद्धर्मपुण्डरीकसूत्र Saddharmapundarīka-sūtra

It is like unto a great cloud
rising above the world
covering all things everywhere
a gracious cloud laden with moisture

Lighthing-flames flash and dazzle
a voice of thunder vibrates afar
bringing joy and ease to all
The sun rays are veiled
and the earth is cooled

The cloud´s masses lower and spread
as if to be touched;
it rains down equally
Descending on all sides
Streaming and pouring unstinted
permeating the land everywhere:

The Dharma taught by the Buddha
is like this great-rain cloud
whose rain of one flavour
moistens human flowers

Having appeared in the world,

for the sake of living beings

Shakyamuni Buddha,

The Thus Come One

is now passing on to you,

the Highest Truth

The Bodhisattva Path

by whose learning and practice you shall achieve Buddhahood

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