The Sutra On The Original Vows And Merits Of
The Medicine Master Lapis Lazuli Light Tathagata
Translated by the Chung Tai Translation Committee
From the Chinese translation by
Tripitaka Master Xuan Zang, 7th Century
Prior English translation by the Buddha Text Translation Society was used as base texts and other translations were used as references.
1-1 Thus have I heard: Once the World Honored One was traveling through various lands to teach the Dharma. When he arrived in Vaishali, he rested under the Tree of Music, accompanied by eight thousand great bhiksus and thirty-six thousand bodhisattvas and mahasattvas, as well as kings, ministers, Brahmins, laymen, dragons, yakshas, and other human and non-human beings. This enormous assembly gathered respectfully around the Buddha as he preached the Dharma. At that time, Manjusri, Prince of the Dharma, through the marvelous power of the Buddha, rose up from his seat, exposed his shoulder, and knelt on his right knee. Bowing deeply, with palms joined, he addressed the Buddha: