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LESSON  28 THUS COME ONE-12 09 2010 FREE ONLINE eNālandā Research and Practice UNIVERSITY
All living beings have the Buddha nature and can become Buddhas.-Buddha Quote

EDUCATE (BUDDHA)!                     MEDITATE (DHAMMA)!       ORGANISE (SANGHA)!

WISDOM      IS    POWER

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THUS COME ONE

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THUS COME ONE

The Buddhas, saviors of the world, abide in their great transcendental powers,and in order to please living beings  they display immeasurable supernatural powers.

Their tongues reach to the Brahma heaven, their bodies emit countless beams of light. For the sake of those who seek the Buddha way they manifest these things that are rarely seen.

The sound of the Buddhas coughing, the sound of them snapping their fingers, is heard throughout the lands in the ten directions and the earth in all those lands moves in six ways.

Because after the Buddha has passed into extinction there will be those who can uphold this sutra, the Buddhas are all delighted and manifest immeasurable supernatural powers.

Because they wish to entrust this sutra, 
they praise and extol the person who accepts and upholds it, 
and though they should do so for immeasurable kalpas 
they could never exhaust their praises.

The benefits gained by such a person 
are boundless and inexhaustible, 
like the vast sky in the ten directions 
that no one can set a limit to.

One who can uphold this sutra  has in effect already seen me, and likewise has seen Many Treasures Buddha and the Buddhas that are emanations of my body. 
And he also sees me today 
as I teach and convert the bodhisattvas.

One who can uphold this sutra 
causes me and my emanations, 
and many Treasures Buddha who has already 
entered extinction, 
all to be filled with joy.

The Buddhas who are present in the ten directions  
and those of past and future ages–
 he will see them too, offer alms to them and cause them to be filled with joy
.

The secret essentials of the Law gained by the Buddhas who sat in the place of practice– one who can uphold this sutra 
will gain them too before long.

One who can uphold this sutra 
will delight in endlessly expounding 
the principles of the various doctrines 
and their names and phrases, 
like a wind in the open sky 
moving everywhere without hindrance or block.

After the Thus Come One has passed into extinction,   
this person will know the sutras preached by the Buddha,
 
their causes and conditions and their proper sequence, 
and will preach them truthfully in accordance with principle.

As the light of the sun and moon 
can banish all obscurity and gloom, 
so this person as he passes through the world
 
can wipe out the darkness of living beings, 
causing immeasurable numbers of bodhisattvas 
in the end to dwell on the single vehicle.

Therefore a person of wisdom, 
hearing how keen are the benefits to be gained, 
after I have passed into extinction 
should accept and uphold this sutra.

Such a person assuredly and without doubt 
will attain the Buddha way. 
 

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From the Lotus Sutra- The Supernatural Powers of the Thus Come One 

The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra

Chapter Twenty-One: “The Spiritual Powers of the

Thus Come One”

Sutra:

At that time the Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas equal in number to the motes of dust in a thousand worlds, who had welled forth out of the earth, in the presence of the Buddha, single-mindedly, with palms joined, gazed up at the Buddha and spoke to him, saying, “World Honored One, after the Buddha’s passing, in countries where there are division bodies of the Buddha, in places where he has passed into stillness, we shall extensively speak this Sutra. Why? Because we also wish to obtain this true, pure, and great Dharma; to receive, uphold, read and recite, explain, write out, and make offerings to it.”

Commentary:

This chapter is called The Spiritual Powers of the Thus Come One. “Thus Come One” is one of the Buddha’s ten titles. “Thus” is stillness. “Come” is movement. “Thus” means “still and silent.” “Come” means “able to be humane”-able to do the kind and humane work of the Buddha. “Still and silent” represents the comfortable spiritual powers enabling one to become a Buddha.

“Spiritual” means natural, not artificial. “Spiritual” refers to an inner quality. “Power” refers to external function. When there is spirituality inside, then there is power outwardly. If you have no spirituality, then there can be no power. “The spiritual powers of the Thus Come One” refers to the inconceivable, wonderful function of the Buddha’s spiritual powers, an inconceivable state.

Even though we have discussed it at length, some people still don’t understand the concept of spiritual power. I will now speak of it in general terms. It’s like the previous appearance of Shakyamuni Buddha’s division bodies of the ten directions. Where did they come from? They came from the spiritual power of Shakyamuni Buddha.

The Thus Come One Many Jewels came to the Way-place to certify the Dharma Flower Sutra, and this also was through the spiritual power of the Thus Come One. The Bodhisattvas who welled forth out of the earth also did so through the spiritual power of the Thus Come One. The purification of the six sense organs in the chapter “The Merit and Virtue of a Dharma Master” also came through the spiritual power of the Thus Come One. Thus, the spiritual power of the Thus Come One is limitless and boundless. If you speak of it in detail, everything is a creation of the spiritual power of the Thus Come One.

At that time, when the chapter “Never-Slighting Bodhisattva” was finished, the Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas equal in number to the motes of dust in a thousand worlds, who had welled forth out of the earth-these were all Bodhisattvas whom the Buddha in former lives had taught and transformed-in the presence of the Buddha, single-mindedly, with palms joined, reverent in body, gazed up at the Buddha with his fine marks and spoke to him, saying, “World Honored One, after the Buddha’s passing, in countries where there are division bodies of the Buddha, in places where he has passed into stillness, regardless of which world or which country, wherever the World Honored One has manifested a division-body Buddha and then entered Nirvana, we shall extensively speak this Sutra. We will propagate the Dharma Flower Sutra. Why? Because we also wish to obtain this true, pure, and great Dharma.” Bodhisattvas also wish to obtain this true, pure, and great Dharma. “True” represents the real Dharma. “Pure” represents the provisional Dharma. The real and the provisional are nondual-this is the great Dharma. The provisional is the real and the real is the provisional. This is the great Dharma of the nonduality of the provisional and the real.

“We wish to receive, uphold, read and recite, explain, write out, and make offerings to it, to the Dharma Flower Sutra.”

Sutra:

At that time, in the presence of Manjushri and the others, limitless hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas who had long resided in the Saha world, as well as the Bhikshus, Bhikshunis, Upasakas, Upasikas, gods, dragons, yakshas, gandharvas, asuras, garudas, kinnaras, mahoragas, people, nonpeople, and so forth, the World Honored One manifested great spiritual powers.

Commentary:

At that time, in the presence of Manjushri, Wonderfully Auspicious Bodhisattva, and the others, limitless hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas who had long resided in the Saha world-these were Shakyamuni Buddha’s old disciples, the great Bodhisattvas-as well as the Bhikshus; Bhikshunis; Upasakas; Upasikas; gods; dragons; yakshas; gandharvas, musical spirits; asuras, the ugly ones; garudas, the great golden-winged peng birds; kinnaras, also musical spirits; mahoragas, big snakes; people; nonpeople; and so forth, the World Honored One manifested great spiritual powers.

Sutra:

He put forth his vast and long tongue which reached upward to the Brahma worlds. From all of his hair pores, he emitted lights of limitless, countless colors, all of which pervasively illuminated the worlds of the ten directions. In the same way, all the Buddhas seated on lion thrones beneath jeweled trees also put forth their vast and long tongues and emitted limitless lights.

When Shakyamuni Buddha and the Buddhas beneath the jeweled trees had manifested their spiritual powers for a full hundred thousand years, they withdrew their tongues.

Commentary:

He put forth his vast and long tongue, which reached upward to the Brahma worlds. The Buddha’s tongue reaches all the way up to his hairline. People with great blessings and virtue can touch their nose with their tongue. The tongue of the Perfect, Full Reward Body Buddha reaches all the way up to the Brahma Heaven. Here the Buddha is manifesting his great spiritual powers and putting forth his vast and long tongue. From all of his hair pores, he emitted lights of limitless, countless colors, all of which pervasively illuminated the worlds of the ten directions.

In the same way, all the Buddhas seated on lion thrones beneath jeweled trees also put forth their vast and long tongues and emitted limitless lights.

When Shakyamuni Buddha and the Buddhas beneath the jeweled trees, the division body Buddhas, had manifested their spiritual powers for a full hundred thousand years, they withdrew their tongues.

Sutra:

Then they coughed and snapped their fingers, and those two sounds pervaded the Buddha worlds of the ten directions.

Commentary:

Then they coughed, very softly, to show they were thinking of living beings, to let them know they were there. This represents calling out and getting living beings’ attention. The Buddhas of the ten directions all made this coughing sound at the same time.

And they then snapped their fingers; this represents alerting beings with sound. For example, if someone has entered samadhi and you want to awaken him from his state of concentration, you can snap your fingers three times next to his ear, and he will arise from his state. And those two sounds pervaded the Buddha worlds of the ten directions.

Sutra:

The earth quaked in six ways and the living beings in those worlds-the gods, dragons, yakshas, gandharvas, asuras, garudas, kinnaras, mahoragas, people, nonpeople, and so forth-by means of the Buddha’s spiritual powers all saw in the Saha world the limitless, boundless, hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of Buddhas seated on lion thrones beneath jeweled trees. They also saw Shakyamuni Buddha, together with the Thus Come One Many Jewels, seated on the lion throne within the jeweled stupa.

They further saw limitless, boundless, hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas, as well as the four assemblies, reverently circumambulating Shakyamuni Buddha. Having seen this, they greatly rejoiced, having gained what they had never had.

Commentary:

The earth quaked in six ways-banging, roaring, cracking, shaking, rising, and surging-throughout the ten directions. The first three ways refer to sound; the second three refer to movement. This also represents the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind, the six sense organs functioning in mutual interpenetration.

Each of the six types of earthquakes divides into three varieties: banging, universal banging, and equal universal banging. This applies to the other five kinds of quaking, thus making eighteen kinds in all, representing the eighteen realms.

And the living beings in those worlds-the gods, dragons, yakshas, gandharvas, asuras, garudas, kinnaras.Kinnaras are music spirits in the court of the Jade Emperor. They can also dance. Their music is millions of times better than music in the human realm. If people ever heard this music, they would fly. Their thoughts would fly off into heaven. Mahoragasare big pythons. They turned into snakes because, although they cultivated, they didn’t keep the precepts. There were people, nonpeople, and so forth, who by means of the Buddha’s inconceivable spiritual powers all saw in the Saha world the limitless, boundless, hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of Buddhas seated on lion thrones beneath jeweled trees. The lion thrones were five yojanas high. They also saw Shakyamuni Buddha, together with the Thus Come One Many Jewels, seated on the lion throne within the jeweled stupa.

They further saw limitless, boundless, hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas, as well as the four assemblies, reverently circumambulating Shakyamuni Buddha. Having seen this,through the Buddha’s great spiritual powers, they greatly rejoiced, having gained what they had never had. They had never witnessed such an inconceivable state before.

Sutra:

Just then the gods in empty space called out in a loud voice: “Passing from here through limitless, boundless, hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of asamkhyeyas of worlds, there is a country called Saha. Within it is a Buddha named Shakyamuni who now, for the sake of all the Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas, proclaims a Great Vehicle Sutra by the name of the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower, a Dharma for teaching Bodhisattvas, of whom the Buddha is protective and mindful. You should all rejoice deep within your hearts, bow, and make offerings to Shakyamuni Buddha.

Commentary:

Just then the gods. Having just seen Shakyamuni Buddha in the Saha world being circumambulated by all the Bodhisattvas and other beings in the Saha world, the gods manifested great spiritual powers and spoke in space. The gods, dragons, and eightfold division passed on the word and in empty space called out in a loud voice. The voice sounded like thunder; all could hear it. It came through clearer than radio or television. And it said, “Passing from here through limitless, boundless, hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of asamkhyeyas of worlds, now hear this! Now hear this! There is a country called Saha.” Saha means “able to be endured,” because the living beings in that world really know how to cultivate patience. It’s so bitter, and still they can take it. So we are pretty good, hanging in here in the Saha world practicing the Bodhisattva path. It’s so much suffering, but we can still stand it. Within it is a Buddha named Shakyamuni who now, for the sake of all the Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas and the Arhats, too, proclaims a Great Vehicle Sutra by the name of Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower, the great Dharma of the real mark, the wonderful Sutra of the Great Vehicle. The Dharma is wonderful and the vehicle is great. It is the Great Vehicle’s Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra. The Wonderful Dharma is as beautiful and immaculate as a lotus flower, which grows up out of the mud but is not defiled. This king of Sutras is a Dharma for teaching Bodhisattvas, of whom the Buddhas are protective and mindful. The Buddhas are protective of this Sutra, and if you recite it, they are protective and mindful of you. If you recite the Dharma Flower Sutra, the Buddhas of the ten directions will be protective and mindful of you. If you obtain the wonderful doctrine of the Dharma Flower Sutra you will develop wisdom and your stupidity will disappear. If it weren’t that the Buddhas were being protective and mindful of you, how could you get so intelligent? It’s because you recite the Dharma Flower Sutra that you gain this kind of wisdom, wisdom like the sea. Wouldn’t you say this is wonderful? You should all rejoice deep within your hearts. All of you should bring forth the great Bodhi resolve, bring forth the mind of true Prajna and rejoice in the merit and virtue of this Sutra, bow, and make offerings to Shakyamuni Buddha in the Saha world.

Sutra:

Hearing this sound in empty space, all the living beings placed their palms together, faced the Saha world, and said, “Namo Shakyamuni Buddha! Namo Shakyamuni Buddha!”

Commentary:

Hearing this sound in empty space, this amazing voice booming in empty space, all the living beings placed their palms together. The Bodhisattvas and Arhats may have spiritual powers, but common folks don’t. This sound, however, was heard not only by the Bodhisattvas and Arhats, but by the common people as well. All the living beings thought, “This is truly inconceivable. They are telling us from empty space that Shakyamuni Buddha has appeared in the Saha world. Let’s put our palms together and face that world which is ‘worthy of being endured’.” And from such a long distance away they faced the Saha world and said, “Namo Shakyamuni Buddha! Namo Shakyamuni Buddha!” Shakyamuni Buddha is our teacher. After this, if someone asks you who your teacher is, just say, “Shakyamuni Buddha,” because that’s correct. If they say you are being evasive, you can say, “You just don’t understand the Buddhadharma.”

Sutra:

And then from afar, they scattered all kinds of flowers, incense, beads, banners, canopies, ornaments for the body, and precious and rare objects on the Saha world. The objects they scattered came from the ten directions like clouds gathering, and turned into jeweled canopies, completely covering the Buddhas in that region.

Commentary:

And then from afar, they scattered all kinds of flowers, incense, beads, millions of banners, canopies, ornaments for the body, and precious and rare objects on the Saha world. They sent down caps and clothing, all very nice-looking. They did not follow the current American custom of making your clothes look old when they are new. That’s really stupid. People like this are just too confused. The young people start a fad, competing to cut holes in their clothes, wouldn’t you say that was stupid? You shouldn’t wear clothing that is too expensive, but you shouldn’t for no good reason destroy your clothes either. The objects they scattered came from the ten directions like gathering clouds, and turned into jeweled canopies completely covering the Buddhas in that region. They covered Shakyamuni Buddha, the division-body Buddhas, and Many Jewels Buddha.

Sutra:

Then the worlds of the ten directions interpenetrated without obstruction, as if they were one Buddhaland.

Commentary:

Then the worlds of the ten directions, the other limitless worlds, interpenetrated without obstruction. The worlds of the ten directions joined into one world; one world was just the worlds of the ten directions. In this world, we don’t know the situation in other worlds. But at that time, when Shakyamuni Buddha was speaking the Dharma Flower Sutra, the worlds of the ten directions united into one world. One world and the ten direction worlds had no distinction. They penetrated one another without impediment, as if they were one Buddhaland. Shakyamuni Buddha appeared in the Saha world, and the Saha world and the worlds of the ten directions became one world.

Sutra:

At that time the Buddha told Superior Conduct and all the great assembly of Bodhisattvas, “The spiritual power of all the Buddhas is limitless, boundless, and inconceivable like this. If, using these spiritual powers, I were to speak of the meritorious virtues of this Sutra for limitless, boundless, hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of asamkhyeya eons by way of entrustment, I could not finish.”

Commentary:

At that time the Buddha told Superior Conduct Bodhisattva and all the great assembly of Bodhisattvas, all the Bodhisattvas who had welled forth out of the earth and the Bodhisattvas who came with the division-body Buddhas, “The spiritual power of all the Buddhas is limitless, boundless, and inconceivable like this. If, using these spiritual powers, I were to speak of the meritorious virtues of this Sutra for limitless, boundless, hundreds of thousands of myriads of kotis of asamkhyeya eons by way of entrustment, I could not finish.”

Sutra:

“In general, all the Dharmas of the Thus Come One, all the sovereign spiritual powers of the Thus Come One, all the secret storehouses of the Thus Come One, all the extremely profound deeds of the Thus Come One are all proclaimed and revealed in this Sutra.”

Commentary:

In general, all the Dharmas of the Thus Come One, all the sovereign spiritual powers of the Thus Come One, all the secret storehouses of the Thus Come One. The Dharma Flower Sutra is the secret storehouse and contains all of the Buddha’s Dharmas. All the extremely profound deeds of the Thus Come One are all proclaimed and revealed in this Sutra. All the Dharma I did not speak for over forty years of my teaching is contained in this final Dharma Flower Sutra. No one had ever understood this Dharma, and now it’s plainly revealed. I am revealing it to you all. It’s not like before when I held back the Wonderful Dharma and did not speak it. Now I am proclaiming it.

Sutra:

“Therefore, all of you, after the passing of the Thus Come One, should with a single mind receive, uphold, read, recite, and explain it, write it out, and cultivate it as spoken. In any land if there is a person who receives, upholds, reads, recites, explains, writes out, and cultivates it as spoken, whether in a place where Sutras are kept, in a garden, in a forest, or beneath a tree; in a Sangha dwelling; in the dwelling of the white-robed; in a palace or hall; or in the mountains, valleys, or wilderness-in all these places-one should build a stupa and make offerings.”

Commentary:

Therefore, all of you, after the passing of the Thus Come One, should with a single mind receive, uphold, read, recite, and explain it, write it out, and cultivate it as spoken. In cultivation the most important thing is to be single-minded. No matter what you do, you should turn to one. Do not have two minds. If you have two minds, there is no response. Those who believe in the Buddha should do so with one mind and have no doubts. You shouldn’t think, “Is there really a Buddha? Wouldn’t it be better to be a Catholic or some kind of Christian?” If you are that scattered, no matter what you do, you won’t gain merit and virtue or accomplishment. So you must turn your mind to one.

Now we’re having a Gwan Yin Session. You could say that this is a Dharma hard to meet in a hundred thousand myriad eons. You shouldn’t think that it’s so simple to recite “Namo Gwan Shr Yin Pu Sa.” For every line you recite, there is one line of advantage gained. The “Universal Door Chapter” says, “If a person has much desire and always recites, reverently, the name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, he will be separated from desire.” Isn’t that a great advantage? If you have a lot of desire and lust, then your mind will not be peaceful. How do you leave desire? By reciting the name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva.

“If a person has much hatred and always recites, reverently, the name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, he will be separated from hatred.” Let’s say there’s a person who gets mad all the time and rages with the fire of ignorance, like a tiger-very fierce. It’s said,

The fire of ignorance, 
The spirit of a tiger,
 
Are the results of offenses 
Done in the past.

If you always recite Gwan Yin Bodhisattva’s name, your hatred will decrease.

I’ll tell you something. I used to have a bigger temper than anyone. I was always getting mad at people. If I wasn’t beating them, then I was yelling at them. I’ve told you this many times. When I was very young I loved to hit and scold people. No matter who you were, you had to be under my control. Anyone who refused to follow my orders got clobbered. Now I no longer like to hit or scold people. I don’t know how I got rid of my anger, but it’s gone.

“Sure, we know, we know,” you say. “He’s still got a big temper!”

You never saw it when it was really big! It would have scared you to death. I got rid of my temper by reciting the name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva.

“If a person is very stupid but always recites reverently the name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva, he will be separated from stupidity.” Now we are having a Gwan Yin Session and everyone-left-home people and laypeople-should recite if you have time. You shouldn’t not participate. If you are especially busy or tied up with some business, that’s one thing. Otherwise, laypeople who are not working should come and recite. If you recite one sentence, it’s better than earning a hundred dollars a day. You shouldn’t think, “What use is reciting Gwan Yin Bodhisattva’s name?” It’s very useful.

“But if I earn a hundred dollars, I can buy things to eat. If I recite Gwan Yin Bodhisattva’s name, that’s not going to fill me up when I’m hungry.”

That’s because you don’t have a true heart. If you had a true heart, you would automatically become full. Not only would you be full, but when Gwan Yin Bodhisattva gave you some sweet dew, you would recite and feel it was sweeter than honey. If you don’t recite, you won’t attain that state; but if you do recite, it will happen naturally. It’s for sure I am not cheating you. If you are sincere and recite Gwan Yin Bodhisattva’s name, it’s sweeter than eating grape sugar. You don’t know about the good points, and you think you can goof off or make phone calls or do other things. You are just wasting precious time and not turning to one. Turning to one, you forget everything else. You forget about eating; you forget about wearing clothes: all that remains is that one sentence, “Namo Gwan Shr Yin Pu Sa.” If you can be like that, then Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva will pour sweet dew on your crown, pat you on the head, and say, “You are really a good kid. Good boy! Good girl! Bring forth the great resolve for Bodhi. I’ll help you. Cultivate the true, and you’ll get a share and make progress in the Way, free from demons.”

Then your cultivation will be successful. But you have to be sincere. And so the present Sutra passage says, “with a single mind receive it, uphold it, read it, recite it, explain it, and write it out, and cultivate it as spoken.” You cultivate in accord with the doctrines in the Dharma Flower Sutra.

“What doctrine is that?” you ask.

I’ve told you a million times! It’s a doctrine wonderful beyond words. You forgot it? Never-Slighting Bodhisattva bowed whenever he met anyone, saying, “I dare not slight you, for you will all become Buddhas.” Note that he said, “Youwill become Buddhas.” He did not say, “I am a Buddha.” He forgot himself. He was cultivating according to the doctrines in the Dharma Flower Sutra.

In any land, if there is a person who receives, upholds, reads, recites, explains, writes out, and cultivates it as spoken, whether in a place where Sutras are kept, in a garden or a pavilion, in a forest, or beneath a tree; in a Sangha dwelling; in the dwelling of the white-robed, that is, at a layperson’s home; in a palace or hall; or in the mountains, valleys or a desolate wilderness-in all these places-one should build a stupa made of the seven jewels and make offerings.

Sutra:

“What is the reason? You should know that this place is a Way-place wherein all Buddhas gain Anuttarasamyaksambodhi, wherein all Buddhas turn the Dharma-wheel, and wherein all Buddhas enter Nirvana.”

Commentary:

What is the reason? You should know that this place is a Way-place wherein all Buddhas gain Anuttarasamyaksambodhi, wherein all Buddhas turn the Dharma-wheel, and wherein all Buddhas enter Nirvana.“Wherein” here refers not to a place, but to the Dharma Flower Sutra. It was just in the Dharma Flower Sutra that the Buddhas gained Unsurpassed, Proper and Equal, Right Enlightenment. It was just because all the Buddhas received, upheld, read, recited, explained, and wrote out the Dharma Flower Sutra that they turned the Dharma-wheel. Lecturing the Dharma Flower Sutra is turning the Dharma-wheel. The Buddhas of the ten directions, within theDharma Flower Sutra, turn the great Dharma-wheel and enter Nirvana, obtaining the four virtues of Nirvana: permanence, bliss, true self, and purity.

Sutra:

At that time the World Honored One, wishing to restate this meaning, spoke verses, saying,

The Buddhas, ones who save the world, 
Dwelling in great spiritual penetrations,
 
In order to delight living beings, 
Manifest limitless spiritual powers. 
Their tongues reach to the Brahma Heavens, 
Their bodies emit countless lights. 
They make appear these rare events 
For the sake of those who seek the Buddha Way. 
The sounds made when the Buddhas cough 
And the sounds made when they snap their fingers 
Are heard throughout the lands of the ten directions 
As the earth quakes in six ways. 
Because after the Buddha’s passing 
One can uphold this Sutra, 
All Buddhas rejoice 
And display limitless spiritual powers.

Commentary:

At that time the World Honored One, being very compassionate and wishing to restate this meaning in a very simple form, spoke verses, saying, “The Buddhas, ones who save the world, who are greatly kind and compassionate and rescue all from suffering and difficulty, wish to save all living beings.” Dwelling in great spiritual penetrations. The Buddhas have great spiritual powers, and so they are able to rescue living beings. If they were just like ordinary people, what would they use to rescue living beings with? So they use the power of great spiritual penetrations.

In order to delight living beings, they manifest limitless spiritual powers. / Their tongues reach to the Brahma Heavens. They put forth their vast and long tongues, which reach all the way up to the Great Brahma Heaven.Their bodies emit countless lights, light of countless colors. Theymake appear these rare events, / For the sake of those who seek the Buddha Way.

The sounds made when the Buddhas cough / And the sounds made when they snap their fingers. The Buddhas make these sounds to wake living beings up. They clear their throats or snap their fingers, signaling to living beings that they shouldn’t remain asleep, living drunk and dying in a dream.

These kinds of sounds are heard throughout the lands of the ten directions / As the earth quakes in six ways.All the lands in the ten directions quake in six ways-banging, roaring, shaking, cracking, surging, rising-which are auspicious portents.

Because after the Buddha’s passing / One can uphold this Sutra, the Dharma Flower Sutra, all Buddhas, World Honored Ones, rejoice / And display limitless spiritual powers.

Sutra:

In order to bequeath this Sutra, 
He praises those who receive and hold it.
 
Doing so throughout limitless eons, 
Still he cannot finish. 
The merit and virtue of these people 
Is boundless and infinite, 
Like empty space in the ten directions, 
Without any boundary.

Commentary:

In order to bequeath this Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha wanted to hand on the teaching to the Bodhisattvas and living beings, exhorting them to receive and uphold this Sutra. “Bequeath” means to pass on some work, to appoint someone to a job. Shakyamuni Buddha is appointing all the Bodhisattvas as keepers and propagators of the Dharma Flower Sutra.

He praises those who receive and hold it. / Doing so throughout limitless eons, / Still he cannot finish. / The merit and virtue of these people / Is boundless and infinite and eternal, like empty space in the ten directions. Where are the boundaries of empty space? You can’t find them. The merit and virtue of reciting the Dharma Flower Sutra is also like empty space-it is without any boundary.

Someone says, “Empty space is empty! There’s nothing there. Is our merit and virtue also empty and nonexistent?”

Empty space is nonexistent. However, if you can understand this “nonexistence” then you can understand “all of existence.” Besides, this analogy isn’t comparing the merit and virtue to empty space by its nonexistence, but rather because it is boundless and infinite. Basically, within true emptiness, there is wonderful existence. Wonderful existence cannot be seen, but you cannot presume that because you cannot see it, it doesn’t exist. It truly exists; you just don’t understand it.

Sutra:

Those who can uphold this Sutra 
Have already seen me
 
And also seen the Buddha Many Jewels 
And all of the division bodies. 
They also see me on this day 
Teaching and transforming the Bodhisattvas.

Commentary:

Those who can uphold this Sutra-who can receive, uphold, read, recite, write out, and explain the Dharma Flower Sutra-have already seen me. They have seen my true body and also seen the Buddha Many Jewels / And all of the division bodies, the Buddhas who are division bodies of Shakyamuni Buddha. They also see me on this day, here with Many Jewels Thus Come One in the jeweled stupa, teaching and transforming the Bodhisattvas.

Sutra:

Those who can uphold this Sutra 
Cause me and my division bodies
 
And the extinct Buddha, Many Jewels, 
To all rejoice. 
They shall also see and make offerings 
To the Buddhas of the ten directions in the present, 
The past, and the future, 
Causing them to rejoice as well.

Commentary:

Those who can uphold this Sutra / Cause me and my division bodies / And the extinct Buddha, Many Jewels, / To all rejoice. / They shall also see and make offerings / To the Buddhas of the ten directions in the present, / The past, and the future, / Causing them to rejoice as well. The Buddhas throughout the ten directions will be happy.

Sutra:

The secret and essential Dharma obtained 
By the Buddhas seated in their Way-places
 
Will also be gained before too long 
By those who can uphold this Sutra.

Commentary:

The secret and essential Dharma-their secret treasuries-obtained / By the Buddhas seated in their Way-places / Will also be gained before too long / By those who can uphold this Sutra. Why? Because they read and recite the Dharma Flower Sutra.

Sutra:

Those who can uphold this Sutra 
Will take delight in speaking, without end,
 
The meaning of the Dharmas, 
Their names and expressions, 
Like the wind blowing through space, 
Without obstacle. 
After the Thus Come One’s passing, 
They will understand the Sutras spoken by the Buddha, 
The causes and conditions in sequence, 
And speak them truly, according with their meanings. 
Like the light of the sun and moon 
Dispelling all darkness, 
These people walk through the world 
Dispersing the darkness of living beings, 
Teaching limitless Bodhisattvas 
Ultimately to dwell in the One Vehicle.

Commentary:

Those who can uphold this Sutra, who can read, recite, explain, and write out the Dharma Flower Sutra, will take delight in speaking, without end, / The meaning of the Dharmas, / Their names and expressions, / Like the wind blowing through space, / Without obstacle. He will gain the Four Kinds of Unobstructed Eloquence: Unobstructed Eloquence of Expression, Unobstructed Eloquence of Meaning, Unobstructed Eloquence of Dharma, and Unobstructed Eloquence of Delight in Speech. He shall speak with unobstructed eloquence like the wind in space, blowing where it will, without obstacle.

After the Thus Come One’s passing, / They will understand the Sutras spoken by the Buddha. They will deeply enter the Sutra store and gain wisdom like the sea. They will understand the causes and conditions in sequence, and speak them truly, according with their meanings-according with the doctrine of the real mark.

Like the light of the sun and moon / Dispelling all darkness, / These people walk through the world / Dispersing the darkness of living beings, helping living beings get rid of their stupidity. Basically living beings don’t understand; they are confused. They take day to be night, sleeping during the day and running around at night. I’ve seen a lot of people like this. They are like cats prowling around at night. They are also like mice that hide in their holes during the day and run around at night looking for food. But a person who upholds the Dharma Flower Sutra is intent on teaching limitless Bodhisattvas / Ultimately to dwell in the One Vehicle and attain Buddhahood.

Sutra:

Therefore, those with wisdom,

Hearing the advantages of this merit and virtue,

Should, after my passing,

Receive and uphold this Sutra.

These people most certainly

Will be unobstructed in the Buddha Way.

Commentary:

Therefore, those with wisdom, / Hearing the advantages of this merit and virtue, / Should, after my passing,-after I enter Nirvana, receive and uphold this Sutra. / These people most certainly / Will be unobstructed in the Buddha Way.They will certainly attain Buddhahood. There is no doubt about it.

 

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