Re: an āmalakī in the palm of the hand

Stephen Hodge s.hodge at PADMACHOLING.PLUS.COM
Sat Apr 30 15:04:48 UTC 2011

This example of the "amla in the hand" is also mentioned in the early core
portion of the Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa-sūtra, which I date to mid-late c1st





<nyon mongs pa med pa> <nyon mongs pa med pa> zhes bya ba ni ji ltar mi'i
'chang par skyu ru ra gzung du yod pa bzhin du thar pa ni de dang 'dra bar
ci yang gzung du med do ||

I have found that many of the examples in this sutra have Agamic antecedants
and this may also be the case here ~ in one of the other collections if not
in the Pali Nikāyas.

Best wishes,

Stephen Hodge

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