The 80 Minor Physical Markings of Buddha
07-24-2018    THE CENTER FOR DZOGCHEN STUDIES
<P align=center><EM><BR>Buddha Statue</EM></P>

<P align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The 80 Minor Physical Markings of Buddha<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><STRONG>Three related to his fingernails</STRONG>--</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US></SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's fingernails are red like copper -- because the Buddha is without thoughts or actions of greed. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His nails are sleek and shiny -- because the Buddha is always mindful and motivated to serve and save every sentient being. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His nail beds are raised in the center -- because the Buddha's family (Sakya) is of a very high class. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Three related to his fingers--<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His fingers are round, mellow and full -- because all of his actions carry merit. Even if an action contained but a small amount of merit, he would find the action worthwhile. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His fingers are sleek, not dry -- because The Buddha never makes a mistake. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His fingers are smoothly tapered from the base to the fingertip? because the Buddha provides step by step teachings that allow all sentient beings to reach Buddhahood. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Three related to his feet--<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Sakyamuni Buddha&nbsp;is ankles are smooth and full, with no bony protrusions -because the Buddha possesses Brajana Paramita, wisdom of Buddha.</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His left and right feet are perfect mirror images of each other? Because Sakyamuni Buddha saved every sentient being&nbsp;is life from troubled circumstances and dangerous places.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>When the Buddha walks his steps are smooth and steady -- because he treats all sentient beings equally. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Seven related to the qualities of his walk-- <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His walk has the respect-inspiring qualities of a lion King -- because every action he performs in the human realm is in accordance with precepts, vows and samayas. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His walk has the qualities of an elephant King -- because every action he takes towards the Naga family is in accordance with precepts, vows and samayas.</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His walk has the smooth and gentle qualities of a swan King -- because the Buddha can fly on the sky.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His walk resembles that of a bull King -- because he leads every sentient being to Buddhahood without judgment.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>He only looks over his right shoulder, never his left -- because his every action is that of a gentleman. (In <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">India</st1:place></st1:country-region> of the time it was considered incorrect to look over one&nbsp;is left shoulder.)<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha walks in a serious manner? because, as every sentient being&nbsp;is teacher, he sets an example of correct behavior.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>As he walks his steps and body follow a straight path without wavering -- because the Buddha never participated in scheming, plotting or deceit. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Two relating to his veins--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His veins are not visible through his skin -- because he is without ignorance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His veins never form knots -- because the Buddha attained liberation. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Six related to the Buddha&nbsp;is hair--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His hair is very soft -- because he knows and understands every dharma detail completely.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His hair smells fragrant like a flower -- because he presents many flowers as offerings to the three jewels.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>He has many thick hairs on his head -- because the Buddha has ended the three types of desire (desire for food, desire for sleep, desire for love) and he has cut the root of doubt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His hair color is deep blue like a jewel -- because the Buddha has the power to interdict the greedy actions of sentient beings, and teach them not to be greedy.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His hair is neat and tidy -- because he never commits acts motivated by the five<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His hair is sleek -- because he never speaks negatively and never uses vulgarity. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Three regarding his head--<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The shape of the Buddha's head is round and full like the fruit of Madona (Sanskrit term) -- because the full power/merit of his vows has been achieved.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His forehead is very clear with a clean, straight hairline -- because the full power of his faith has been achieved.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His forehead is broad -- because the full power of his actions has been achieved. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Five markings related to his eyes--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's eyes are large -- because his merit is very great.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's eyes are clean and clear, without mucus -- because his teachings included the eight correct characteristics of dharma:<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Correct Views<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Correct Thoughts<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Correct Speech<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Correct Deeds<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Correct Livelihood<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Correct Zeal<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Correct Remembrance<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Correct Meditation </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His eyes are beautiful like a lotus petal -- because the Buddha was always kind to, and saved the lives of, many little girls. (In <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">India</st1:place></st1:country-region> of the past little girls were treated badly and sacrificed during some religious ceremonies.)<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His eyelashes are long like those of a royal bull -- because the Buddha never expressed anger through his eyes. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His eyesight is keen, he never has illness related to the eyes, and he can see clearly in the dark -- because he gives dharma teachings with very clear meanings. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Four related to his eyebrows--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His eyebrows are soft -- because the Buddha expresses kindness and affection to sentient beings through his face.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His eyebrows are sleek -- because the Buddha gives dharma teachings of virtue.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His left and right eyebrows are the perfect mirror image of each other, tidy and equal -- because whenever sentient beings might perform mistaken actions in his presence, he would prevent the action, and give teachings in order to prevent future mistakes.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His eyebrows are long and slender like the new moon? because the Buddha always considers the potential karmic effects of his actions before and as he is acting. He makes no thoughtless actions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Two markings related to his ears--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His left and right ears are perfect mirror images of each other -- because he listens to every sentient being with equanimity.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His hearing is excellent -- because the Buddha never acts duplicitously, and he always teaches all sentient beings to diligently pursue Buddhahood. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Two markings related to his nose--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's nose is straight and perfect -- because he possesses the highest wisdom.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Inside the Buddha's nose it is always clean, without mucus -- because the Buddha never contributes to any sentient being&nbsp;is greed, anger, ignorance, pride/doubt or jealousy.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Two markings related to his mouth--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The shape of his chin is perfect, not too long or too short -- because he gives teachings to all sentient beings, and never tires of giving teachings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His lips are red like an apple -- because he understands that all solid and worldly things are not real and teaches this concept to sentient beings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Three regarding the Buddha&nbsp;is tongue--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His tongue is very soft -- because the Buddha only used gentle speech to teach dharma to sentient beings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The color of his tongue is a perfect pink -- because the experience of the Buddha's kindness is perfect.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His tongue is thin -- because his merit is a result of very rational actions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Five markings regarding the Buddha&nbsp;is teeth--<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His molars are perfect white -- because the Buddha always exhibits a kind and pleasant countenance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His molars are even and equal -- because the Buddha is always meditating on equanimity dyana.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His molars are very strong -- because the Buddha has the power to teach and change even rude, fierce and unreasoning sentient beings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The edges of the Buddha's molars teeth are sharp -- because he gives teachings that are true.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His molars are round -- because the Buddha is liberated from Samsara.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Two markings regarding the Buddha&nbsp;is speech-- <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's speech is very pleasant to listen to -- because he delivers teachings in a manner that causes all sentient beings to admire his kindly countenance and enjoy hearing those teachings. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His voice is deep and carries far distances like thunder -- because he is never afraid.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Two markings regarding the Buddha&nbsp;is hands-- <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's hands are wide and long -- because he stopped every struggle between sentient beings. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His hands are very supple and warm -- because the Buddha teaches dharma to allow sentient beings allowing them to experience good health.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Three markings regarding the Buddha&nbsp;is palm creases-- <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's palm creases are straight and sleek -- because he is a Mahasraman (he received the fruit from his monastic siddhi). </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His palm creases are very deep -- because the Buddha gives high level teachings which contain deep meanings. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His palm creases are long and never broken -- because, when receiving teachings in his past lives, the Buddha always extolled his teachers.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Ten markings regarding the Buddha&nbsp;is entire body-- <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>He has a very strong, vajra body -- because the Buddha will never return to Samsara. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>He has not a single mole on his body -- because the Buddha always lived and acted according to the monastic vows. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His arms and legs are limber -- because the Buddha has accumulated every kind of merit. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His body is perfect and full, never shriveled -- because he is always brave for sentient beings, never demonstrating fear. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's body demonstrates perfect proportion -- because he possessed the ability to determine and then give the most appropriate teachings to each individual student. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's body is always as clean as if he had recently bathed -- because he never performed negative actions that would result in negative karma. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's body is perfectly pure and shining in appearance -- because all of the Buddha's actions of body and speech are pure and perfect. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His body is perfectly clean -- because his mind is clean and contains only pure thoughts. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's body is soft and warm like that of a baby -- because of his great kindness and great compassion. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's body is full -- because the roots of his positive actions grow. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His body is very dignified -- because he extolled every kind of merit. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His teeth are completely free of decay -- because he never committed any negative actions through his speech. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha's body is perfect, with no evidence of deformity or unpleasantness -- because he always demonstrated compassion to beings who were physically injured, disabled or malformed. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His body is tall -- because he built and enabled others to build many temples, stupas and statues.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Two markings regarding the Buddha&nbsp;is navel-- <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His navel is deep and round -- because he knows and understands the true nature of dharma. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The twist in his navel turns in a clockwise direction -- because he gave teachings to allow all sentient beings to come together peacefully.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Four markings that relate to his lower body-- <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Sakyamuni Buddha's belly is round -- because his students all act according to precepts, vows and samayas. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His torso is perfect, not bloated and not shrunken -- because he never suffered from the poison of pride. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His torso and legs are perfect and long -- because he never demonstrated bad habits. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His pelvis is smooth, with no protrusions -- because he never acted in an obscene manner.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Three markings regarding his bearing or demeanor-- <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>His body, speech and mind are very clear -- because he is pure of body, speech and mind. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Sakyamuni Buddha's body is the model of perfection, beauty to behold? because his students are very peaceful together, and this is reflected in his body. </SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Buddha manifests good fortune (auspicious) markings on his hands and on his feet - because his practice of dharma is flawless. </SPAN></P>
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