Earth Store Bodhisattva has the greatest vows. He has said,
“As long as the hells are not empty, I will not become a Buddha. Only when all living beings have been completely liberated will I become a Buddha.” What a compassionate spirit! This Bodhisattva cares tremendously about us living beings. If someone has faith in Buddhism and applies effort in cultivation, the Bodhisattva will appear in that cultivator’s samadhi or dreams and speak Dharma for him. However, we fail to understand the Bodhisattva’s intentions and appreciate his compassion. We sorely disappoint him, but he doesn’t get angry. He forgives foolish living beings and continues liberating them all without rest. Only after all living beings are liberated will he become a Buddha.
A Bodhisattva does everything with the sincere intent to save beings, alleviate their suffering, and bring them happiness. He is devoid of the slightest trace of hypocrisy.
Now we are having an Earth Store Bodhisattva session, and whoever is true-hearted will have a response. Whoever is sincere will benefit. Benefit doesn’t mean attaining spiritual penetrations, but having a pure, clear mind with no false thoughts. If there are no false thoughts, states of responsive interaction with the Way will appear. Some say,
“Peace is a response; recognizing one’s faults is a response; becoming smarter than before is a response; becoming more capable than before is response.” Well said! That’s just how it is.