Thursday, May 3, 2012

Maha Buddhavamsa - Sumana Story

Maha Buddhavamsa
The Great Chronicle of The Buddhas
by Tipitakadhara Mingun Sayadaw

Sumana story,
Florist from Rajagaha

Tathagata preaches the sermon, which begins with the words
Tanca Kammam Katam Sadhu, which describes
advantage 'deeds and virtues services' in connection with
a florist named Sumana of Rajagaha when he
 dwelling at the Veluvana monastery in the town.
Flower seller usually bring eight tie Spanish jasmine
 (Jasminum grandiflorum) to King Bimbisara each
morning, where he will get in return eight pieces money
every day.

Sumana into town one day with a flower like
usual, the Tathagata is accompanied by many monks are also being
located in the city to collect alms, with
sparkling light radiating from his body, with the grandeur
and the glory of a Buddha who has attained Perfect enlightenment.
(Note: Sometimes, the Tathagata should go like
ordinary monks were collecting alms, with
six rays emanating from his body covered by His cloak.
(For example) when the Tathagata walked alone as far as thirty

 yojanas to see Angulimàla, the famous slayer.
At other times, the Tathagata traveling with light emanating
brightly, for example, when he raised on food at
Kapilavatthu city. And, at this moment, when he met with
Sumana, the florist, the Buddha entered the city of Rajagaha with
sparkling light that shone from his body, with full
majesty and glory, like a Buddha who reached
Perfect Enlightenment).
When Sumana see the Tathagata, with body like a pole
ornate gates, decorated with thirty-two
major signs and eighty minor marks, and six beam
colors that radiate from his body, entered the city of Rajagaha
raise alms for food, full of glory and
greatness of a man who has achieved enlightenment,
appeared in her deep faith and respect
the Buddha. Then she pondered, "what's Fund
I give to be able to get services? "and, not
can think of anything that can be given as
homage to the Buddha, he is thought to provide
flowers in his hand. But soon he realized,
"Interest is intended to be submitted to the king. If I
failed to fulfill the task of this routine, I can be punished, imprisoned or
executed or banished from this kingdom; what should I do? "
A determined to appear at this point, "Let the king
kill me, if he wants so, imprison me,
get rid of this kingdom, and I will get a reward from the king
because of this daily duty; this act may suffice
the need in my life today. But if these offerings
given to the Tathagata, I will be able to reap the fruits
virtue of this for-kappa berkappa to come. "
So he sacrificed his life to give
offerings to the Tathagata.
At the same time he was with great interest to realize that
he must do it while his conviction is at
peak and thus he began to offer interest
the following manner:

(1) First of all, he cast two handfuls of flowers to
the head of the Tathagata; the flowers form the roof
curved, hanging in the air above the head of the Tathagata.
(2) Then, he cast a double handful of flowers in
the same way, the flowers down, and form a curtain
flowers on the right side of the Tathagata.
(3) Then again, he cast a double handful of flowers in
the same way, the flowers fall, then form
flowers on the curtains behind the Tathagata.
(4) Finally, he cast a double handful of flowers in
the same way, the flowers down, and form a curtain
flowers on the left side of the Tathagata.
Thus the jasmine flower hold the eight surrounding
Tathagata is like the roof and curtain flower on the top, right, left,
and back, leaving space enough for the front side
Tathagata to walk. Amazing that the flowers
neatly with the shaft face and the flowerets into
facing out.
Tathagata curtain that surrounds the flower like a curtain of silver
move follows the Tathagata as if life, without scattering
or falling; flowers are stopped when the Tathagata also
stop. Rays emanating from the ongoing five-point, namely,
front, rear, right, left, and the head of the Tathagata is like
millions of lightning beam. Radiating out from the body of the Tathagata,
these rays rotate to the right three times around
Tathagata, forming a glittering light scattering (as
spotlight beam that is directed into the body of the Tathagata) size
palm trees, before the Tathagata radiated forward.
The entire city of Rajagaha (with a population of eighteen crore)
churned with excitement, get out of the house; of
 eighteen crore men and women, no one
out without bringing food to alms.
All people, rejoice and sing like a lion king,

 throwing their hats, in succession,
procession in front of the Tathagata. And the Tathagata, to show
Sumana quality, the flower seller, walk along the main road
 in the city covering an area of ​​approximately three
gàvuta.  so that the whole body of Sumana covered by a five-form
excitement, piti.
Sumana, walking along the Tathagata only up to a certain distance;
like a man who jumped into the water red, he
entered the circle of sparkling light that radiates from the body
Tathagata and after paying homage to the Tathagata, he came home
with a basket of flowers that have been empty.
Arriving home, his wife asked, "Where's the flowers?" He
replied, "My wife, I had offered flowers
to the Tathagata. "His wife asked," How
with offerings of flowers to the king? "said Sumana,
"Let if the king would punish or get rid of the land
this, but I had offered flowers to the
Tathagata at the expense of my life; eight tie flowers
only eight phones that have made a miracle.
(Later he told me what happened in detail).
The entire population of eighteen crore followed the procession to
honor the Tathagata, shouting and cheering. What
are you listening to the calls they give
congratulations on the good I've done. "Thus
he tells his wife in a voice full of
joy and satisfaction.
 Sumana's wife, because her ignorance is not interested in miracles
and greatness shown by the Buddha and scold
her husband with harsh words, "very cruel king, once you
pissed him off, your hands and feet will be cut; I could
affected by your actions, you bring harm to me. "
While continuing to nag, she went, taking her children to
to the king. The king asked, "What is wrong?" She told
complaint, "Your Honor, my husband, Sumana, the florist,
has offered flowers to the Buddha that supposed

presented to you as usual and go home
with bare hands. When I asked 'Where are the flowers?' He
tells what he has done. I scolded him, and
said, 'The king was very cruel; once you upset him,
your hands and feet will be cut; I can also be affected due to
what you did, you would have brought harm to me. '"After
leave, I come before you. Whatever
he does, good or bad, it is your own responsibility.
Let him who will pay the consequences of his actions, all
by His Majesty himself, I had to leave my husband
and I reported it officially in the presence of His Majesty. "
King Bimbisara was a noble disciple (Ariya Sàvaka) which has been
 attained Sotapanna holiness since his meeting with
Tathagata in the palm forest near the city of Rajagaha, and therefore,
unshakeable faith in the Tathagata. The king thought,
"This woman is really dumb, she can not raise
belief in the greatness and the magic power of the Tathagata. "With
pretended to be angry, he said, "O woman, do you
 says that your husband Sumana had offered
all the flowers that should be offered to me? "" Yes,
I say this, Your Majesty, "replied the wife of a florist.
Wise king replied with "O woman, thou hast
take the right decision to leave your husband,
and now I will consider what punishment
 due to be dropped to Sumana because offering flowers
to the Buddha that supposed to be dedicated to me. "
Then he ask the woman to leave, the king
went immediately to pay homage to the Buddha and
joined in the procession, followed Tathagata along the way.
King Bimbisara saw that be respectful, Tathagata
decided to walk through the crowds on the main road
in the city and finally walked toward the palace gates.
When King Bimbisara took the bowl from the hand of Buddha
and guiding the Tathagata to enter the palace, he saw
sign that the Tathagata would like to stop in the courtyard. He immediately

 set up an emergency pavilion on the yard, and the Tathagata
along with the monks resting on the seat that has been
prepared in the new pavilion that newly exist.
(Note: The question arises' Why not  the Tathagata go to
 the palace? 'The answer is: Tathagata think that, if
He entered the palace, eighteen crore people will not be able to
saluted him, and  Sumana's virtue, the flower seller
 will not be visible. True. Only the Buddhas are able to
show it as it is the quality of one's virtue;
when ordinary people pay homage at the time of reverence
required, other people tend to feel jealous.)
When the Tathagata entering the pavilion and sat in a
has been prepared for him, four flower curtains move to the edge
crowd at the four corners, like a living thing. Then
the people gathered around the Tathagata to give
respect; King Bimbisara offered solid food and
Good quality software to the monks who
led by the Buddha. When finished eating, and when the Tathagata
preached the sermon; four flower curtain back into place
originally surrounded on four sides of the Tathagata. Surrounded by eight
twelve crore population and in the midst of thunderous applause
the deafening, Tathagata Veluvana back to the monastery.
Arriving back at the palace, after witnessing the departure of the Tathagata
back to the monastery. King Bimbisara Sumana call and ask
"How do you rate offered to the Tathagata
should be offered to me? "said Sumana,
"I mendanakan interest to the Tathagata, the determination:
though the king to kill me, kick me out of this country, I would
This offered flowers to the Tathagata: thus I
offered flowers by risking my life. "
King Bimbisara said, "You are a noble people." King
 endows Sumana with eight court elephants, eight
palace horses, eight male servant, eight maids,
eight sets of garments, eight thousand pieces of money, together
with eight girls fully clothed and eight villages, which
known as sabbatthaka prize (prize consisting of 8 x 8

 Buddha Reciting Prediction
This great event make Venerable Ananda was wondering
what benefits will be obtained upon  Sumana's virtues
characterized by a sound that breaks through the sky like the roar
of lion king, and throw headgear made by the
residents on the morning of that day. He was facing the Tathagatas and
request an explanation of what the benefits to be gained
Sumana. Tathagata told Ananda, "My son Ananda,
you do not think that Sumana, the  florist only
providing small grants! With offering flowers to-
Me, he has done with the funds to sacrifice his life,
with confidence and devotion in his mind.
Kappànam satasahassam
duggatim na gamissati
thatva devamanussesu
phalam etassa kammuno
paccha Paccekasambudho
Sumano nama bhavissati.
Because of these virtues, (for one hundred and kappa), he will not be
been born in a state of woe and he will be born again and again in
gods realm and enjoy the fruits of human services and will be
Pacceka Buddha in the future. "
Thus the prophecy spoken by the Buddha Gotama as
answers to questions of Venerable Ananda.
(Note: On arrival at the Veluvana monastery, as Buddha entered
Kuni Harum, jasmine flowers that followed his fall and
accumulate in the front door).
In the evening, the monks gather in Dhammasala and
 expressed appreciation for the Sumana's virtues, they

said, "My friends, the benefits derived by Sumana upon
his virtue is beautiful, worthy of praise by flicking
finger. He offered to a living Buddha
a handful of jasmine flowers by risking his life, and
because of this action, he got a gift from the king, at the time
also, a gift sabbatthaka consisting of eight objects-
matter of life and dead, each of which amounted to eight. "
Tathagata out of the room and enter Dhammasala, after
Dhamma sitting on a throne, He said, "Monks,
What are you talking about? "They explained the topic
their discussion. Tathagata then said, "You're right, O
monks, committed where there is no sense
regret that comes up, but just feeling happy every
time; deed worth doing so. "And furthermore, he
say the following verse:
Tanca kammam Katam Sadhu
yam katva nanutappati
Yassa patito sumano
vipàkam patisevati
After doing an act, the offender does not feel sorry
whit: he was just enjoying the result of such actions by
full of excitement. Such acts are acts that
good, and worth doing.
At the end of the sermon, eighty-four thousand creatures
enlightened and liberated from the cycle of suffering.


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