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HUYEN SANG’S TRAVEL TO LUMBINI: A DESCRIPTION

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 1, 2013

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To the north-east of the arrow well about 80-90 li, we came to Lumbini (Lavani) garden.  Here is the bathing tank of the Sakyas, the water of which is bright and clear as a mirror, and the surface covered with a mixture of flowers.

To the north of this 24 or 25 paces there is an Asoka-flower tree, which is now decayed: this is the place where Bodhisattva was born on the eighth day of the second half of the same month, corresponding to the fifteenth day of the third month with us.  East from this is a stupa built by Asoka-raja, on the spot where the two dragons bathed the body of the prince.  When Bodhisattva was born, he walked without assistance in the direction of the four quarters, seven paces in each direction, and said, “I am the only lord in heaven and earth; from this time forth my births are finished.“  Where his feet had trod there sprang up great lotus flowers.  Moreover, two dragons sprang forth, and, fixed in the air, poured down the one a cold and the other a warm water stream from his mouth, to wash the prince.  Read the rest of this entry »

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