The Garuda King Wondrously Adorned Cowl-Crown obtained the liberation door of adorning the citadels of the Buddha-Dharma.
The next Garuda King is named
Wondrously Adorned Cowl-Crown. The reason for his name is that the crown which he wears on his cowl is extremely beautiful and adorned, and all living beings like to see it. This Garuda King
obtained the liberation door of adorning the citadels of the Buddha-Dharma. All Way-places are citadels of the Buddha-Dharma, including the following:
Way-places where Sutras are lectured.
Way-places where Sutras are recited.
Way-places where one bows to the Buddhas.
Way-places where one recites the Buddha's name.
Way-places where one bows repentances.
Way-places where Sutras are translated.
Way-places where Sutras are distributed.
In general, all places where one finds the Buddha-Dharma are citadels of the Buddha-Dharma. This Garuda King is very good at adorning the cities of Dharma of all Buddhas, making the Way-Places especially pure, ornate and supreme. He obtained this kind of state, entering this door of liberation.
The Garuda King Swiftly Appearing Everywhere obtained the liberation door of accomplishing uniform power which cannot be destroyed.
The Garuda King named Swiftly Appearing Everywhere manifests very rapidly in all places, which is why he has that name. This Garuda King
obtained the liberation door of accomplishing uniform power which cannot be destroyed. He has level and equal great kindness, practicing great kindness towards those with whom he lacks affinities, and great compassion of identity in substance. He recognizes that all living beings will become Buddhas in the future, which is why the power is said to be uniform. He obtained that door of liberation.
The Garuda King Universally Contemplating the Seas obtained the liberation door of thoroughly knowing the bodies of all living beings and appearing in forms for them.
The next Garuda King is named
Universally Contemplating all the Seas of living beings, there being so many living beings that they are like great seas. His name also means "Universally contemplating all the seas of living beings' afflictions," since beings also have so many afflictions they resemble vast oceans. Another interpretation of his name is "universally contemplating the seas of living beings' wisdom," for the wisdoms of all living beings are also as many as great seas. Furthermore, his name means "universally contemplating the seas of the power of living beings' karma," that karmic power of living beings also being like enormous oceans. In short, "universally contemplating seas" means everywhere observing the seas of living beings, the power of their karma, their afflictions, their wisdoms and their retributions all being like vast oceans.
This Great Golden-Winged Peng Bird Garuda King obtained the liberation door of thoroughly knowing the bodies of all living beings and appearing in forms for them. From contemplating all the seas of living beings, he gains comprehensive knowledge of living beings' bodies, according to their individual categories. In turn he appears in appropriately individualized bodies for those living beings to teach and transform them. For example, he may contemplate the bodies of human beings, and then appear in human form to speak Dharma for living beings. Or he may contemplate the bodies of gods, and appear in the body of a god to speak Dharma for living beings. He may see bodies of asuras, and appear in the body of an asura to speak Dharma for beings. He may observe the bodies of animals and manifest in animal bodies to speak Dharma for beings. He may contemplate the bodies of hell-beings and hungry ghosts, and appear in the form of a hell-being or a hungry ghost to speak Dharma for living beings. His speaking of Dharma for living beings enables them to become free from suffering and attain bliss, turn back from confusion, take refuge with Enlightenment, and cultivate the Bodhi Way. He entered that door of liberation.
The Garuda King Dragon Sound Great Eye-Essence obtained the liberation door of wisdom to enter the activities of the births and deaths of all living beings.
Because the Garuda King Dragon Sound Eye-Essence ate so many dragons, his sound started to resemble the sound of a dragon, which is very resonant. The outer aspect of his eyes, too, became similar to dragons' eyes - very ugly. Due to his diet of dragons, he turned dragon-like in all respects--hence his name.
He obtained the liberation door of wisdom to enter the activities of the births and deaths of all living beings. He can understand what sorts of karma living beings create once they are born, and what types of retributions they will endure after they die.
He was able to have the contemplative wisdom to know the causes and effects behind all living beings' retributions. The "activities" of their births and deaths means the kinds of karma they create after they are born and the retributions they undergo after dying. Because he understands those principles, he is very good at speaking Dharma for living beings to teach and transform them and enable them to obtain the doors of liberation suited to them.
At that time the Garuda King Great Rapid Strength received the Buddha's awesome might, universally contemplated all the multitudes of Garudas, and spoke the following verse.
The Buddha's eyes are vast and great, without any boundaries.
He sees the countries everywhere throughout the ten directions.
The living beings within them are more than can be measured.
Displaying great spiritual penetrations, he tames and subdues them all.
Right at that time, after the liberation door of the Garuda King whose sound is like that of a dragon and who has huge eyes had been described,
the Garuda King Great Rapid Strength received the Buddha's awesome spiritual might, universally contemplated all the multitudes of citizen
Garudas, and spoke the following verse.
He said, "The Buddha's eyes are vast and great, without any boundaries." he eyes of the Buddha are not as small as ours. His eyes are vast and great. The
Praise of Amitabha Buddha says:
Amitabha's body is the color of gold.
The splendor of his halllmarks has no peer.
The light of his brow shines 'round a hundred worlds.'
Wide as the seas are his eyes pure and clear.
Amitabha Buddha's eyes are as large as the four great seas; but actually the Buddha's eyes are far greater than that—so large one cannot find any boundaries to them. That does he have such large eyes for? The next line explains:
He sees the countries everywhere throughout the ten directions. Because his eyes are so enormous, the countries he sees are many. He can regard all the lands in the ten directions.
The living beings within them are more than can be measured. One doesn't know how many living beings there are in all those Buddha-lands extending in all ten directions. Since the beings are infinite in number, what does he do?
Displaying great spiritual penetrations, he tames and subdues them all. By revealing such vast spiritual penetrations, he gets all those living beings to accept being taught and transformed, with the result that they take refuge with the Triple Jewel, bring forth the resolve for Bodhi, and in the future will accomplish the fruition of Buddhahood.