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men of good family, and ye, young men of good family, follow my example ; imitate me in liberally showing this knowledge of the Tath&gata, and in skilfulness, and preach this Dharmapary&ya to the young men and young ladies of good family who successively shall gather round you. And as to unbelieving persons, rouse them to accept this law. By so doing, young men of good family, you will acquit your debt to the Tathdgatas.

So addressed by the Lord .S&kyamuni, the Tathd- gata, &c, the Bodhisattvas filled with delight and joy, and with a feeling of great respect they lowered, bent, and bowed their body towards the Lord, and, the head inclined and the joined hands stretched out, they spoke in one voice to the Lord .SSkyamuni, the Tath&gata, &c, the following words : We shall do, O Lord, what the Tath&gata commands; we shall fulfil the command of all Tath&gatas. Let the Lord be at ease as to this, and perfectly quiet. A second time, a third time the entire host of Bodhi- sattvas spoke in one voice the same words : Let the Lord be at ease as to this, and perfectly quiet. We shall do, O Lord, what the Tathigata commands us ; we shall fulfil the command of all Tath&gatas.

Thereupon the Lord .S&kyamuni, the Tathdgata, &c., dismissed all those Tath&gatas,&c, who had come to the gathering from other worlds, and wished them a happy existence, with the words : May the Tathgatas, &c, live happy. Then he restored the Stflpa of precious substances of the Lord Prabhfltaratna, the Tath&gata, &c, to its place, and wished him also a happy existence.

Thus spoke the Lord. The incalculable, innumerable Tath&gatas, &c, who had come from other