Are The ‘Green’ Lotus Flowers In Āmítuófó’s Pure Land Blue? 弥陀净土青色莲花是蓝的吗?


Question: In the ‘Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha] Buddha’, are the ‘blue coloured [of] blue light’ lotus flowers not green?

答:依据净土宗九祖蕅益大师《佛说阿弥陀经要解》,「色名优钵罗」,而「优钵罗」即是梵文之‘Utpala’, 是(深)色的莲花。古代名为 「」 者即是(深)色,不应与今日用法混淆。

Answer: According to the Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì’s ‘Essential Explanation [Of The] Amitā[bha] Sūtra As Spoken [By The] Buddha’, ‘blue coloured [lotus flowers are] named [as] “Utpalas”‘, with ‘Utpala’ being Sanskrit for (deep) blue lotus flowers. In ancient times, that ‘‘ is (deep) blue in colour, and should not be confused with today’s usage of the word. 

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