2 - Subhūti Makes a Request
Now in the midst of the assembly was the venerable Subhūti. Forwthwith he arose, uncovered his right shoulder, knelt upon his right knee, and respectfully raising his hands with palms joined, addressed Buddha thus: World-Honored One, it is most precious how mindful the Tathāgata is of all the bodhisattvas, protecting and instructing them so well! World--Honored One, if good men and good women seek the consummation of incomparable enlightenment, by what criteria should they abide and how should they control their thoughts?
Buddha sai: Very good, Subhūti! Just as you say, the Tathāgata is ever mindful of all the bodhisattvas, protecting and instructing them well. Now listen and take my words to heart: I will declare to you by what criteria good men and good women seeking the consummation of incomparable enlightenment should abide, and how they should control their thoughts.
Said Subhūti: Pray, do, World-Honored One. With joyful anticipation we long to hear.