The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 26

Wishing to test the Buddha’s state of mind, a heavenly spirit offered the Buddha a beautiful maiden. The Buddha said to her, “Why has this skinbag filled with filth come here? You may be able to fool regular people, but it is hard to affect one who has gained the six superpowers (abhijñā). Get out! I have no use for you.” The heavenly spirit, out of his increased respect for the Buddha, inquired about the meaning of the way. As soon as the Buddha explained it to him, he became a śrotaāpanna [stream-enterer].”