Mahāparivāra Chapter, the Twelfth

[111. Mahāparivāra1]

The Blessed One named Vipassi,
the World’s Best One, the Bull of Men,
entered Banduma City then
with sixty-eight thousand [arahants]. (1) [1677]

Having come out from the city
he went to the shrine of the lamps.2
I saw the Buddha, Stainless One,
Sacrificial Recipient. (2) [1678]

Eighty thousand minor spirits3
who [then] attended reverently
upon Indra and the Thirty-three
[were also there] in my presence. (3) [1679]

When he rose from meditation,
I picked up a piece of cloth [there].
I worshipped [him] with my head [bowed,]
[then] I gave it to the Great Sage: (4) [1680]

“O! the Buddha! O! the Teaching!
O! our Teacher’s [great] achievement!
Through the power of the Buddha
he made the earth [itself] to quake.” (5) [1681]

And having seen that miracle,
marvel making hair stand on end,
I pleased [my] heart in the Buddha,
the Biped-Lord, the Neutral One. (6) [1682]

Then I, having pleased [my] heart in
the Biped-Lord, the Neutral One,
giving that cloth to the Teacher,
went up to [him to take] refuge. (7) [1683]

In the ninety-one aeons since
I did that [good] karma back then,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of Buddha-pūjā. (8) [1684]

In the fifteenth aeon ago
there were sixteen [named] Vāhana,4
wheel-turning kings with great power,
possessors of the seven gems. (9) [1685]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (10) [1686]

Thus indeed Venerable Mahāparivāra Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Mahāparivāra Thera is finished.

  1. “Big Retinue”

  2. the cty explains this as the place for doing lamp-pūjā.

  3. yakkhā

  4. “Vehicle”. BJTS reads Suvāhana, “Good Vehicle”.