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[12] Twelve Chapter On The Noble Assembly Being Immeasurable (Of Immeasurable Life Sūtra)《无量寿经》圣众无量第十二

圣众无量第十二
Twelve [Chapter On The] Noble Assembly [Being] Immeasurable

又声闻、菩萨,其数难量,不可称说。神智洞达,威力自在,能于掌中,持一切世界。」

Moreover, [of these] Voice-Hearers [and] Bodhisattvas, their numbers [are] difficult [to] measure, [and] cannot [be] stated. [With] supernormal [powers and] wisdom thoroughly understanding, mighty powers [and] ease, [they are] able to, within [their] palms, hold all worlds.

佛语阿难:「彼佛初会,声闻众数不可称计,菩萨亦然。如大目犍连,百千万亿无量无数,于阿僧祇那由他劫,乃至灭度,悉共计校,不能究了多少之数。

[The] Buddha said [to] Ānanda, ‘That Buddha’s first assembly’s Voice-Hearers’ number cannot [be] counted, [with] Bodhisattvas’ likewise thus. If Great Maudgalyāyana, [with a] thousand million koṭis [of] immeasurable [and] countless [number of them], in asaṃkhyeya nayutas [of] kalpas, and even [until] Parinirvāṇa, all together calculate, [they are] not able [to] exactly know how many their numbers [are].

譬如大海,深广无量。假使有人析其一毛,以为百分,以一分毛,沾取一渧,于意云何?其所渧者,于彼大海,何所为多?」

For example, [the] great ocean’s depth [and] vastness [is] immeasurable. If [there] is [a] person [who] divides his one hair, with [it] as [a] hundred parts, with one part’s hair, wet [to] obtain one drop, what [do you] think of [this]? Of that drop, with that great ocean, which is that greater?’

阿难白佛:「彼所渧水,比于大海多少之量,非巧历算数,言辞譬类所能知也。」

Ānanda said [to the] Buddha, ‘That drop [of] water, compared with [the] great ocean’s measure of number [of drops, is] not [by] skilful counting, words [and] analogies that able [to be] known.’

佛语阿难:「如目连等,于百千万亿那由他劫,计彼初会声闻、菩萨,所知数者,犹如一渧,其所不知,如大海水。

[The] Buddha said [to] Ānanda, ‘If Maudgalyāyana [and] others, in [a] thousand million koṭis [of] nayutas [of] kalpas, count that first assembly’s Voice-Hearers [and] Bodhisattvas, [of] that known number, [it is] similar to [the] one drop, [and of] that not known, [it is] like [the] great ocean’s water.

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Eleventh [Chapter On] Lifespans [Being] Immeasurable
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宝树庄严第十三
Thirteenth [Chapter On] Treasure Trees’ Adornments

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