The Garuda King Non-Retreating Mind Adornment obtained the liberation door of courageous might to enter the state of a Thus Come One.
The Garuda King in this passage has a Non-Retreating Mind. He wouldn't be unable to take a few flea bites. When you encounter a state, you must recognize it. Then you won't be turned by the state. Otherwise, the state will turn you. No matter what unpleasant, opposing state confronts this Garuda King, he doesn't retreat. If people slander him, he doesn't become afflicted or discouraged. As badly as people might treat him, he does not turn back from his resolve for Bodhi. His determination to achieve Bodhi is irreversible. His name includes the word
Adornment because not only is he non-retreating, he is vigorous. In addition, he wishes to adorn all Buddhas' lands. Because he never turned back from his resolve, this Garuda King
obtained the liberation door of courageous might, valiant vigor. However great the difficulty, he's not afraid. He is determined to overcome it. He will come out victorious no matter what heavenly demon or externalist tries to fight with him. His valiant might and irreversible resolve enable him to have things be as he wishes. He is able to
enter the state of a Thus Come One, the state of a Buddha. He obtained that liberation door.
Today a disciple illustrated the Dharma in his own person. He has asked to leave home over and over again. The first time he saw me, that was his request. But afterwards, I don't know what "door to liberation" he entered, but he didn't leave home. I don't know if the person who wants to leave home and the one who doesn't leave home are the same person or two different people. If it's one person, why does he want to do two different things? But if it's two different people, why do they want to do one thing? This has to be researched. It's interesting that the couple who just got married didn't come tonight and hear about this person's marital problems. Actually, it would have been better for him to have talked about this a few days ago. Usually that couple comes to lecture every night. We shouldn't let them hear his story, and right when he told it, they didn't come. When he got married, some left-home people felt like returning to lay life. And when the newlyweds were married this time, some left-home people had false thinking. Now he has given his personal testimony concerning so-called married bliss, to add to their false thinking. That's why I had him talk about his experience.
Note that the Garuda Kings are not garudas. They watch over garudas, which is why they are called kings. Why do we say this? It because they appear in the bodies of garudas to teach and transform garudas; but basically they are already Bodhisattvas. The Garuda Kings being discussed now, and the Kinnara Kings discussed before, are all manifestations of Bodhisattvas.
The Garuda king Great Sea-Location Power to Gather in and Sustain obtained the liberation door of entering the vast, great sea of wisdom of the conduct of a Buddha.
The next Garuda King is named
Great Sea-Location Power to Gather in
and Sustain. He has wisdom like the great sea, and he has the power to gather all living beings into the Buddhadharma and sustain them there.
He obtained the liberation door of entering the vast, great sea of wisdom of the conduct of a Buddha. He can deeply enter the doors of practice of a Buddha and cultivate the Buddha's Dharma-doors, the Buddha's Dharma-doors being the sea of vast, great wisdom. He obtained that door of liberation of cultivating the ocean of the vast expanse of wisdom.
The Garuda King Pure Light of Solid Dharma obtained the liberation door of bringing the differentiated wisdom of boundlessly many living beings to accomplishment.
When the Garuda King Pure Bright Light of Solid and enduring Buddhadharma was on the casual ground, his resolve to seek the Dharma was especially solid. As the saying goes:
He was able to practice what is hard to practice,
And able to endure what is hard to endure.
Since he sought the Buddhadharma with that kind of solid resolve, he obtained pure light. That's why his name is "Garuda King Light of Solid Dharma.
"He obtained the liberation door, a kind of state of samadhi, called
bringing the differentiated wisdom of boundlessly many living beings to accomplishment. Whatever living beings may be seeking, he is sure to fulfill their wishes, and bring them to accomplishment. He does this not just for one living being, but for all living beings. What is accomplished is differentiating wisdom. The Chinese character "cha" should be pronounced "chr" when it means "differentiated" or "differentiating", as here. There are various interpretations of this wisdom. The first is that each living being has his or her own special kind of wisdom, the wisdom he or she should have. Since each type of being differs from the others, the wisdoms differ too, every category of being having the wisdom which belongs to that category. Another explanation is that each type of living being obtains a different kind of wisdom, the wisdom which each kind of being should obtain.
The Buddha speaks the Dharma with a single sound,
Living beings understand it according to their kind.
In these cases, the translation is "differentiated" in the sense of "different." But a further interpretation is possible, namely that the word should be "differentiating," referring to the Dharma-Selecting Eye. One is able to use discernment, differentiating wisdom, to select the Dharma doors which one likes and from which one Obtains a response. The Garuda King Pure Light of Solid Dharma achieved that kind of door of liberation.