Scriptural Reference for this?

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Scriptural Reference for this?

Postby manjusri » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:15 pm

I came across this the other day in an email from a friend:

When the Buddha was asked, "How many will attain enlightenment," he scratched the dirt and pointing to the dust under his fingernail, replied, "This many compared to the weight of the world." Does anyone know if there is a scriptural reference for this exchange? I have had no luck locating it.

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Re: Scriptural Reference for this?

Postby manjusri » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:24 pm

Dave,

Wow! Thank you for putting some time into this! Very much appreciated. Will be most curious what else might show up. Thank you!

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Re: Scriptural Reference for this?

Postby abeeha » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:41 am

Thanks for the link. After looking around a bit it seems that the case of the human undergoing spontaneous rebirth is the case of the non-returner who is spontaneously reborn in the pure abodes. I'm hoping someone can confirm or show that this is wrong.
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Postby manjusri » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:24 pm

Another reference that a friend sent me attributed to the late Geshe Dhargyey who taught for years at The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India. Seems this is a protean metaphor employed to convey a number of Dharmic points.

"Yet not many humans take advantage of the human situation. When Buddha was asked how many people use their lives meaningfully, he scratched the earth with his fingernail and, pointing to the dust that he had picked up under the nail, replied, 'This many as compared to the weight of the world.'"

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Re: Scriptural Reference for this?

Postby manjusri » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:53 pm

Astus, over at dharmawheel.net had this insightful reply, to which I agree.


"There is also a logical problem with that hypothetical quote. And that is it would only serve as a deterrent for those who want enlightenment, it would be demotivating. In later Mahayana teachings there are talks about the Dharma ending age where enlightenment is near impossible, however, there is always a special teaching that one should use instead of the others and that guarantees success."

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