by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words
This page describes “the trisahasramahasahasralokadhatu takes on a golden color” as written by Nagarjuna in his Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (lit. “the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) in the 2nd century. This book, written in five volumes, represents an encyclopedia on Buddhism as well as a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita.
Sūtra: From the enchantment of these bouquets of flowers and garlands, the trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu takes on a golden color; and it is the same in all the Buddha-universes of the ten directions as numerous as the sands of the Ganges (taiś ca puṣpadāmabhiḥ paṭṭadāmabhiś cāyam trisāhasramahāsāhasro lokadhātuḥ suvarṇavarṇena atīvāśobhata. ye ca daśasi dikṣu gaṅgānadīvālukopamā lokadhātava te sphuṭāvabhāsitāś cābhūvan).
Śāstra: Some say: “The noble cakravartin king is the chief of four universes [i.e., of a caturdvīpaka], Brahmādevarāja is the chief of a chiliocosm (sāhasralokadhātu), the Buddha is the chief of a trisāhasramahāsāhasralokadhātu.” That is not correct, for the creations (nirmāṇa) of the Buddha extend to universes of the ten directions as numerous as the sands of the Ganges.