The Truth of the Udumbara Flower

According to the Buddhist sutras, the Sanskrit word “Udumbara” means “an auspicious flower from heaven.” Volume 8 of the Buddhist scripture Huilin Phonetics and Interpretation says, “Udumbara is the product of ominous and supernatural phenomena; it is a celestial flower and does not exist in the mundane world. If a Tathagata or King of the Golden Wheel appears in the human world, these flowers will manifest due to their great virtue and blessings.”