deriving from his perfection of precepts, samadhi, and wisdom. Sariputra is then also explained as meaning "pearl-son."3

      Of the three kinds of Elder discussed in VBS #39, Sariputra was a Dharma Nature Elder. At the age of eight he had mastered the entire Buddhadharma, and could out-debate any Indian philosopher. Sariputra was at the head of the assembly when Sakyamuni Buddha spoke the Amitabha Sutra because only his kind of wisdom could comprehend the subtle principles of the Pure Land Dharma Door. C.f.VBS#12p.24