Buddha's Major and Minor Marks

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Buddha's Major and Minor Marks

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Anyone know of a source that offers explanation on each of the Major and Minor marks of the Buddha? I have texts that contain the lists, but some of these need explanation - "Gait like a goose king" for instance... is it something like Mick Jagger's rooster thing? Jokes aside, suggestions appreciated.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Upaya Chapter

純一実相。実相外。更無別法。法性寂然名止。寂而常渉照名観。
There is only reality; there is nothing separate from reality. The naturally tranquil nature of dharmas is shamatha. The abiding luminosity of tranquility is vipashyana.

-From Guanding's Introduction to Zhiyi's Great Shamatha and Vipashyana
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You might want to check out Alexander Berzin’s ‘Study Buddhism’ site.
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Hopefully these additional reading materials / websites will contain some of the answers that you seek:

https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-s ... sical-body
- The 32 Major Marks of a Buddha's Physical Body by Dr. Alexander Berzin

https://greatmiddleway.wordpress.com/20 ... he-buddha/
- The Marks of the Buddha
"However, the Lalitavistara Sutra provides insight into the original meaning of these marks, which are idiomatic expressions"
viewtopic.php?t=12857
- Re: New Lalitavistara Sutra translation
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Ah, great! Thank you.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Upaya Chapter

純一実相。実相外。更無別法。法性寂然名止。寂而常渉照名観。
There is only reality; there is nothing separate from reality. The naturally tranquil nature of dharmas is shamatha. The abiding luminosity of tranquility is vipashyana.

-From Guanding's Introduction to Zhiyi's Great Shamatha and Vipashyana
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There exist traditional commentaries that explain the 32 major and 80 minor marks. They are explained in The Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in 100 000 lines (on pages 583... 587 of E. Conze's translation; The Large Sutra On Perfect Wisdom), and in its commentary that is attributed to Nagarjuna, Maha Prajñaparamita Sastra https://www.wisdomlib.org/buddhism/book ... ita-sastra

They are also explained in the Arthavinishcaya sutra and its commentary Nibandhana, which was written by Viryashridatta in the monastery of Nalanda in the year 1199 CE. English translation: Gathering the Meanings, Essential Teachings of the Buddha; N. H. Samtani; Dharma Publishing 2002.
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Thank you!
Please keep the suggestions coming.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Upaya Chapter

純一実相。実相外。更無別法。法性寂然名止。寂而常渉照名観。
There is only reality; there is nothing separate from reality. The naturally tranquil nature of dharmas is shamatha. The abiding luminosity of tranquility is vipashyana.

-From Guanding's Introduction to Zhiyi's Great Shamatha and Vipashyana
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