Gandhathūpiya1 Chapter, the Thirty-Fourth

[331. Gandhathūpiya2]

I gave a scented stupa for
Siddhattha [Buddha], Blessed One,
enveloped by jasmine flowers
as befitted the Sambuddha.3 (1) [2931]

The Sambuddha, the World’s Leader,
was like a costly thing of gold,
bright like a blue water lily,4
blazing up like a fire-altar. (2) [2932]

My heart was pleased [by] having seen
the Chief of Monks [who was] seated,
Honored by the monks’ Assembly,
like an excellent tiger-bull,
like a lion of good breeding,
[and] pressing my hands together,
having worshipped the Teacher’s feet,
I departed facing the north. (3-4) [2933-2934]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I gave those [good] scents at that time,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
the fruit of doing scent-pūjā. (5) [2935]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (6) [2936]

Thus indeed Venerable Gandhathūpiya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Gandhathūpiya Thera is finished.

  1. PTS reads Gandhodaka° despite its being atypically not the name of the first apadāna in the chapter. Especially given the doubt about the PTS mss. transmission of this part of the text (see below), I am inclined to follow BJTS in this instance, too, supplying the expected chapter name.

  2. “Scented-Stupa-er.” Cf. #95, with which there has obviously been some conflation, it being nearly identitical.

  3. lit., “the Buddha”

  4. indīvara, Cassia fistula