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seat, plunged into so deep a meditation that immediately after, on a sudden, there appeared before the Tathlgata on the Grzdhrakfi/a-mountains in the Saha-world eighty-four hundred thousand myriads of ko/is of lotuses on gold stalks with silver leaves and with cups of the hue of rosy lotuses and Butea Frondosa.

On seeing the appearance of this mass of lotuses the Bodhisattva Mah&sattva Ma#fayii, the prince royal, asked the Lord .Sakyamunl, the Tath&gata, &c. : By what cause and by whom, O Lord, have been produced these eighty-four hundred thousand myriads of ko/is of lotuses on gold stalks with silver leaves and with cups of the hue of rosy lotuses and Butea Frondosa? Whereon the Lord replied to Ma^uxrl, the prince royal: It is, M&ngVisrl, the Bodhisattva Mah&sattva Gadgadasvara, who accompanied and attended by eighty-four hundred thousand myriads of ko/is of Bodhisattvas arrives from the east, from the world Vairo^anarasmipratimatfdfita, the Buddha-field of the Lord Kamaladalavimalanakshatrara^asankusumitdbhi^a, the Tathdgata, &c, at this Saha-world to see, salute, wait upon me, and to hear this Dharmaparylya of the Lotus of the True Law. Then Maw^unl, the prince royal, said to the Lord: What mass of roots of goodness, O Lord, has that young man of good family collected, that he has deserved to obtain such a distinction ? And what meditation is it, O Lord, that the Bodhisattva practises? Let us also learn that meditation, O Lord, and practise that meditation. And let us see that Bodhisattva, Lord; see how the colour, outward shape, character, figure, and behaviour of that Bodhisattva is. May the Lord deign to produce such a