The Lotus Sutra - 11 Devadatta - 1 The Dragon Girl
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Lotus sutra – translated by Burton Watson
At that time Shariputra said to the dragon girl, "You suppose that in this short time you have been able to attain the unsurpassed way.
But this is difficult to believe. Why? Because a woman's body is soiled and defiled, not a vessel for the Law. How could you attain the unsurpassed bodhi? The road to Buddhahood is long and far-stretching. Only after one has spent immeasurable kalpas pursuing austerities, accumulating deeds, practicing all kinds of paramitas, can one finally achieve success. Moreover, a woman is subject to the five obstacles. First, she cannot become a Brahma heavenly king. Second she cannot become the king Shakra. Third, she cannot become a devil king. Fourth, she cannot become a wheel-turning sage king. Fifth, she cannot become a Buddha. How then could a woman like you be able to attain Buddhahood so quickly?"
At that time the dragon girl had a precious jewel worth as much as the thousand-millionfold world which she presented to the Buddha.
The Buddha immediately accepted it. The dragon girl said to Bodhisattva Wisdom Accumulated and to the venerable one, Shariputa, “I presented the precious jewel and the World-Honored One accepted it-was that not quickly done?"
They replied, "Very quickly !"
The girl said, "Employ your supernatural powers and watch me attain Buddhahood. It will be even quicker than that !"
At that time the members of the assembly all saw the dragon girl in the space of an instant carry out all the practices of a bodhisattva, immediately proceeding to the Spotless World of the south, taking a seat on a jeweled lotus, and attaining impartial and correct enlightenment. With the thirty-two features and the eighty characteristics, she expounded the wonderful Law for all living beings everywhere in the ten directions.
At that time in the saha world the bodhisattvas, voice-hearers, gods, dragons and others of the eight kinds of guardians, human and non-human beings all from a distance saw the dragon girl become a Buddha and preach the Law to all the human and heavenly beings in the assembly at that time. Their hearts were filled with great joy and all from a distance paid reverent obeisance