# 2020.09.06 Sunday

XX.

‘What do you think then, O Subhûti, is a Tathâgata to be seen (known) by the shape of his visible body?’ Subhûti said: ‘Not indeed, O Bhagavat, a Tathâgata is not to be seen (known) by the shape of his visible body. And why? Because, what was preached, O Bhagavat, as the shape of the visible body, the shape of the visible body indeed, that was preached by the Tathâgata as no-shape of the visible body, and therefore it is called the shape of the visible body.’

Bhagavat said: ‘What do you think, O Subhûti, should a Tathâgata be seen (known) by the possession of signs?’ Subhûti said: ‘Not indeed, O Bhagavat, a Tathâgata is not to be seen (known) by the possession of signs. And why? Because, what was preached by the Tathâgata as the possession of signs, that was preached as no-possession of signs by the Tathâgata, and therefore it is called the possession of signs.’

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