by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words
This page describes “story of the fabulous gifts of bindu” 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.
Thus, the vaiśya P’in-t’eou (Bindu?) was a great benefactor (dānapati). He sat on a great bed (khaṭva) adorned with the seven jewels (saptaratna). This bed had diamond (vajra) feet, was covered with a heavenly mattress and had rubies (padmarāga) as curtains (vitāna). Eighty thousand servants stood on guard on all sides; their adornments were marvelous; they opened the four great doors [of the palace] and authorized all requests. Six times during both the day and the night the drum was beaten and rays of light shone forth. Of the numberless beings of the ten directions, all those who heard the drum or who were touched by the rays did not fail to rush [278a] to the spot in order to receive all kinds of food and drink (annapāna). At the sight of this huge crowd, the śreṣthin [Bindu] silently raised his eyes to the heavens and immediately there fell from the sky a rain of different foods of a hundred flavors (śatarasasāhāra) and everybody received as much as they wished. If people did not collect it themselves, the servants gave it to them, dividing it up and distributing it. When all were satisfied, the rain stopped. Whether people had need of food and drink (annapāna), bedding (śayanāsana), clothing (vastra), etc., it was the same.
Having thus satisfied the desires of beings, Bindu then preached the Dharma to them and led them to renounce the four foods (caturvidha āhāra). All were then established in the non-regressing bhūmi (avaivartikā bhūmi).
By the power of their superknowldeges (abhijñā), bodhisattvas fulfill the wishes of beings.
Footnotes and references:
See Dīgha, III, p. 228.