The Buddha's body of great compassion is incomparable.
Going everywhere without obstruction, causing all to see it.
Like a shadow or an image, it appears in the world.
Causal Wisdom could proclaim this merit and virtue.
TheBuddha's body of great compassion is incomparable. What is great compassion? Compassion can pull out living beings' suffering. That is, it rids living beings of all their woes. Compassion means looking upon the troubles of others is if they were one's own, and considering the happiness of others one's own happiness. That leads to the wish to pluck out all miseries which beings are experiencing, so beings can leave suffering and attain bliss. That's the body of great compassion, which is incomparable. Nothing in the world can equal the Buddha's body of great compassion, and so it is said to be incomparable.
Going everywhere without obstruction, causing all to see it. The Buddha's body of great compassion gives all living beings a chance to see that compassionate body. Since it is universally pervasive and unimpeded, the living beings of the worlds of the ten directions can all perceive the body of great compassion of the Buddha.
Like a shadow or an image, it appears in the world. A shadow or an image is not separate from the shape it follows, or its image. The shadow does not leave the shape, nor does the shape leave the shadow. For example, wherever a person's body goes, it's shadow follows and accompanies it. That's known as appearing in the world like a shadow or an image, universally manifesting in the world of sentient beings.
Causal Wisdom was able to proclaim this merit and virtue. The Asura King Vast Great Causal Wisdom was able to express this type of merit and virtue of the Buddha, entering this door of liberation.
With great spiritual penetrations, rare and unequalled,
He displays a body in each place throughout the
Each one being seated beneath the Bodhi tree.
Supreme virtue was able to proclaim this meaning.
With great spiritual penetrations, rare and unequalled. "Rare" means extremely precious and scarce. What is rare? It is the great spiritual penetrations which are unobstructed. And whose great spiritual penetrations are they? Only the Buddha has those rare and unobstructed great spiritual penetrations. That they are "unobstructed" refers to how he displays a body in each place throughout the Dharma Realm. (A disciple points out that the text reads "unequalled," instead of "unobstructed.") My text has "unequalled" too. Since I wasn't looking at the book, I recited it as "unobstructed," but it does read "unequalled"-- incomparable. However, "unequalled" is "unobstructed", and "unobstructed" is "unequalled". Due to their being, unobstructed, they are unequalled. And because they are unequalled, they are unobstructed. They have no impediments, and nothing can compare to them. Right. It says "unequalled." Nothing can match great spiritual penetrations of this sort. Such spiritual penetrations cannot be conceptualized by thought or described in words. He makes a body appear in each and every location throughout the Dharma Realm.
The Buddha's Dharma body fills the Dharma Realm, incomparable and free of obstructions, each one of its manifestations being seated beneath the Bodhi tree. Each Buddha is seated underneath the Bodhi tree in his own world. We have also planted a Bodhi tree here, and when the Bodhi tree has grown up, a Buddha will sit under it and accomplish the Way. Each sits beneath the tree of Bodhi and achieves Proper Enlightenment.
Supreme Virtue was able to proclaim this meaning. Whose meaning, whose state, and whose door of liberation was this'? The Asura King Displaying Supreme Virtue could express the principle of this kind of state. Whose state is it? It's the Buddha's state. This Asura King understood this one particular state of the Buddha. But the Asura King only understood this one state among the Buddha's limitless and boundlessly many states. He didn't know the others.
The Thus Come One formerly cultivated practices of
the three periods of time,
Passing through all destinies of the revolving wheel
Freeing beings from suffering, not omitting any.
This was praised by King Wondrous Sound.
Did I recite it correctly this time? The Thus Come One is the Buddha. Some people say "Thus Come One Buddha." In China many dull Buddhists who've never heard Sutra lectures or investigated the Buddha-Dharma don't even know who the Thus Come One is, or who the Buddha is. Actually, the Thus Come One is the Buddha, and the Buddha is the Thus Come One. If you say, "Thus Come One Buddha," you are pronouncing two titles of Buddha. When you say, "Thus Come One," that is the Buddha; and "Buddha" 'refers to the Thus Come One. The Buddha formerly cultivated indicating that in the past, limitlessly many eons ago, he cultivated practices of the three periods of time.
"Practices of the three periods of time" means he cultivated in the past, cultivated in the present, and cultivated in the future. And it means cultivating last year, this year still continuing to cultivate, and also wanting to cultivate next year. Last month one wanted to cultivate, this month one still wishes to cultivate, and one is even more determined to cultivate next month. It's similar to how we are cultivating the Way here. Yesterday we practiced that Way, today we are still cultivating that Way, and tomorrow we will still be cultivating that Way. Cultivation must not be interrupted. You can't cultivate today but not tomorrow, then resume the following day. That won't work. You must continue to cultivate day after day non-stop. When the Buddha was cultivating the Way, he was willing to perform any good deed, no matter how small. And he would never commit any evil act, however insignificant it might seem. Consequently, those small good deeds accumulated to form great goodness, and he perfected, his 84,000 doors of practice.
During the time that The Buddha was cultivating, he was continually passing through all destinies of the revolving wheel witout exception. "All destinies" means all the good destinies and the evil destinies: those of gods, humans, asuras, hell-beings, hungry ghosts and animals. He equally underwent birth in all of them, and equally taught and transformed their living beings. Within all the destinies, he was subject to the revolving wheel.
"Revolving wheel" refers to how after being born, one dies; and having died, one is reborn. One revolves on the six-fold wheel of rebirth. He passed through all the destinies without exception. No matter the destiny, he experienced it, how much the more the path of humans. He went among asuras to teach and transform asuras. The Buddha made appear bodies of living beings of all types. Provided they were beings who had breath and blood, he would manifest among those kinds of beings to teach and transform them, which is why it says, "without exception."
He was freeing beings from suffering. How did he teach and transform living beings? He freed living beings from the sufferings which they were undergoing, so they could escape from suffering and attain bliss. When beings failed to understand the Buddha-Dharma, he used enormous amounts of patience to teach and transform them so they would understand. If beings already understood the Buddha-Dharma, he taught them how to cultivate. He employed the highest level of patience to teach and transform living beings, helping beings to cultivate. If beings were already cultivating, he aided them to bring their work in the Way to successful completion. If beings had already perfected their work in the Way, he enabled them to achieve liberation. That is, seeking the Way, cultivating the Way, accomplishing the Way, and finalizing the Way. He helped living beings attain their fundamental perfect fruition of Enlightenment. That's how he was freeing beings from suffering, not omitting any. No sufferings remained. All sufferings were ended. This was praised by King Wondrous Sound. The Asura King Wondrous Sound praised this state, this door of liberation, this Dharma-door.
To be continued