tsultrim wrote:It can be found three quarters of the way down that passage that you quoted on May 14, that begins with "2. The Omniscience of the Buddha".
You are quite right, a distinct lack of mindfulness on my behalf, sorry!
From the translation by I.B. Horner the passage states:
Even so, sire the mentality of the Perfect Budhhas who are omniscient and whose knowledge is unobstructed, arises bouyantly and proceeds bouyantly everywhere. For what reason? Because it is everywhere utterly purified. Because, sire, the Blessed One's mentality was utterly pure and bouyant, he showed forth the twin miracle. For those miracles that derive from the mentality of the omniscient Buddhas, there is no further reason that can be alleged.
and the version translated by T. W. Rhys Davids says:
'And just in the same way, great king, are the thinking powers of the Buddhas I have described brought quickly into play, and act with ease.
And why? Because of their being purified in every respect. This is the seventh class of minds.'
'Now of these, O king, the last--the thinking powers of the omniscient Buddhas--altogether outclasses the other six, and is clear and active in its high quality that is beyond our ken. It is because the mind of the Blessed One is so clear and active that the Blessed One, great king, displays the double miracle. From that we may get to know, O king, how clear and active His mental powers are. And for those wonders there is no further reason that can be alleged. (Yet) those wonders, O king, [caused by means of the mind (alone) of the omniscient Buddhas cannot be counted, or calculated, or divided, or separated, (For) the knowledge of the Blessed One, O king, is dependent upon reflection, and it is on reflection that he knows whatever he wishes to know. (But) it is as when a man passes something he already has in one hand to the other, or utters a sound when his mouth is open, or swallows some food that he has already in his mouth, or opens his eyes when they are shut, or shuts them when open, or stretches forth his arm when it is bent in, or bends it in when stretched out--more rapid than that, great king, and more easy in its action, is the all-embracing knowledge of the Blessed One, more rapid than that his reflection. And although it is by reflection that they know whatever they want to know, yet even when they are not reflecting the Blessed Buddhas are not, even then, anything other than omniscient.'
So it seems that the sentence you quoted was not referring to the omniscience of the Buddhas, but to how the power of the twin miracle arises.