Just then, the Bodhisattva Great Delight in Speaking, by means of the spiritual power of the Thus Come One, spoke to the Buddha saying, "World Honored One, we all wish to see this Buddha's body." The Buddha told the Bodhisattva Mahasattva Great Delight in Speaking: The Buddha Many Jewels has made a profound and solemn vow: "When my jeweled stupa manifests in the presence of the Buddhas because the
Dharma Flower Sutra is heard, if there is anyone who wishes me to show my body to the four assemblies, then the division-body Buddhas of that Buddha who is speaking Dharma in the worlds of the ten directions, must all return and gather together in one place. Afterwards, my body will appear." "Great Delight in Speaking, my division-body Buddhas present in the ten direction worlds speaking Dharma, should now gather together."
Just then, the Bodhisattva Great Delight in Speaking, by means of the spiritual power of the Thus Come One... The Bodhisattva asks the Buddha, but why does the text say "by means of the spiritual power of the Thus Come One?" Why isn't it by means of his own power? It is because, in this Dharma Assembly, all the states that appear are manifestations of the Buddha's awesome spiritual power. Even this Bodhisattva's questions about the doctrine come about through the aid of the Buddha's spiritual power, lending him the wisdom so that he can ask these question.
... spoke to the Buddha saying, "World Honored One, Shakyamuni Buddha,
we all wish to see this Buddha's body." The Bodhisattva Great Delight in Speaking had heard the great sounds of praise for Shakyamuni Buddha coming from the stupa, but he still hadn't seen the Buddha inside the stupa. He could only hear him. He hadn't seen that Buddha's thirty-two marks and eighty minor characteristics and so he was, frankly, curious. Actually, it was the Buddha's spiritual power that caused him to ask. His question was asked on behalf of all; they all had doubts. "Such a great sound out of that Stupa! Is there a public address system in it? Is there a radio in it? Is there really a Buddha in there? We want to see that Buddha! Is that Buddha a special type of Buddha?" The gods had a lot of doubts, and they didn't know for sure if there really was a Buddha in there. The Bodhisattva Great Delight in Speaking, because he loved to talk, asked Shakyamuni Buddha to tell him about it. They were all like children who, overhearing their parents talk about a guest who is coming, want to know all about him. "We want to see him too! We want to see the guest!"
Shakyamuni Buddha told the Bodhisattva Mahasattva Great Delight in Speaking: The Buddha Many jewels has made a profound and solemn vow: You want to see the Buddha Many Jewels, but there is a condition. In a life long ago, before he became a Buddha, he made a very solemn vow. It is very wonderful. He said,
"When my jeweled stupa manifests in the presence of the Buddhas because the
Dharma Flower Sutra is heard, if there is anyone who wishes me to show my body to the four assemblies, if there are those who wish to see me, then the division-body Buddhas of the Buddha who is speaking Dharma in the worlds of the ten directions...." The Buddha speaking the
Dharma Flower Sutra has division-bodies in the ten directions speaking Dharma, too. Division bodies are transformation bodies. Shakyamuni Buddha has a hundred thousand myriads of millions of transformation bodies. Not only does Shakyamuni Buddha have them, but all the Buddhas have them and they are the Dharma. Their division-body Buddhas speaking Dharma in the ten directions, teaching and transforming living beings,
"must all return and gather together in one place." That's Many Jewels Buddha's vow. All the transformation Buddhas return to the one root. The root can transform into myriad transformations which all return to the one root. One Buddha can manifest limitless transformation Buddhas all of whom return to the one Buddha. How could common folks possibly understand such a state? That's why this Sutra is called the
Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra. It is so wonderful people couldn't possibly figure it out!
"Afterwards my body will appear, when all those Buddhas have gathered in one place, then I will manifest.
"Great Delight in Speaking, my division-body Buddhas present in the ten direction worlds speaking Dharma should now gather together."