T 1670B Nāgasena Bhikṣu Sūtra

Part 2: Dialogues

2.70. Long Bone

The king asked Nāgasena again, “Your sramanas say that there are bones as long as four thousand li. What kind of animal would have bones four thousand li long?”

Nāgasena said, “Have you, O great king, heard that in the sea, there is a kind of large fish called a zhi, whose body is 28,000 li long?”

“Yes, I have heard of such fish.”

“Yes, if there is a kind of fish whose body is about 28,000 li long, then its ribs are four thousand li long. Are you, great king, still surprised?”

“Excellent, Nāgasena.”