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Command of the Eight Great Displays

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Command of the Eight Great Displays (八大自在). According to the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra (T12n0375), fascicle 23, the true self of a Buddha has total command of the eight great displays:

(1) one physical body can manifest many copies;

(2) one physical body can fill a Large Thousandfold World;

(3) this vast body can lift off and travel far;

(4) it can remain in one land and manifest innumerable varieties of forms in response to sentient beings;

(5) the functions of its five faculties can be interchangeable;

(6) He can attain all dharmas with no attachment to any attainment;

(7) He can expound the meaning of one stanza for innumerable kalpas;

(8) His body can pervade everywhere, like space.

Source

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