“I shall not pass away.”

Buddha15When the Buddha had attained enlightenment,

Mara tempted him once more, saying:

“Pass away now, Lord, from existence! Let the Blessed One now die!

Now is the time for the Blessed One to pass away!”

The Buddha made reply as follows:

 

I shall not pass away, O Mara, until not only the brethren and sisters of the order,

but also the lay followers shall have become true disciples,

wise and well trained, ready and learned, versed in the teachings,

fulfilling all the greater and the lesser duties, correct in life,

walking according to the precepts;

until they, having thus themselves learned the doctrine,

shall be able to tell others of it, preach it, make it known,

establish it, open it, minutely explain it, and make it clear;

until they, when others start vain doctrines,

shall be able by the truth to vanquish and refute them,

and so to spread the wonder-working truth abroad!

 

I shall not pass away until this pure Dharma

shall have become successful, prosperous,

wide-spread, and respected, in all its full extent

—until, in a word, it shall have been well proclaimed!

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
This entry was posted in Sutra. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to “I shall not pass away.”

  1. Yonten says:

    Thank you Tashi la. Namo Budhaya!
    Humbly – Yonten

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年10月15日 (週三) 9:29 PM 寫道﹕

    WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “When the Buddha had attained enlightenment, Mara tempted him once more, saying: “Pass away now, Lord, from existence! Let the Blessed One now die! Now is the time for the Blessed One to pass away!” The Buddha made reply as follows: “

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s