from last issue:
Buddha and his limitless division bodies, the Thus Come One Many
Jewels, gods, people, dragons and spirits have all assembled together.
The Buddha uses his spiritual powers to purify the lands. All the
Buddhas are seated upon lion thrones beneath jeweled trees.
with brilliant light,
Like great torches gleaming
In the darkness of the night,
Their bodies emit a delicate fragrance
Pervading the ten direction lands,
And living beings perfumed by it
Are overwhelmed with joy.
Like a great wind
Blowing the small branches,
By means of this expedient device,
The Dharma is caused long to abide.
brilliant light, they are a treasury of bright light. Like great
torches gleaming in the darkness of the night. Just as the
shining of burning torches disperses the blackness of night, the world,
which was in darkness, is illumined by the light emitted from the
bodies emit a delicate fragrance pervading the ten direction lands, and
living beings perfumed by it are overwhelmed with joy. The
Buddhas' bodies give off a wonderful fragrance. People who cultivate
and keep the precepts in life after life will have bodies which always
emit the pure fragrance of a lotus. It isn't as strong as perfume. It’s
very subtle. It pervades the worlds throughout the ten directions, and
those who are perfumed by it are delighted! Their tempers all
disappear. They don’t know where all their anger ran off too! Like a great
wind blowing the small branches. The branches all bend
with the wind. By
means of this expedient device, the Dharma is caused long to abide.
This expedient allows the Buddhadharma to dwell long in the world.
great assembly, I say:
"After my extinction
Who can protect and uphold,
Read and speak this Sutra?
Now, in the presence of the Buddhas
He should make a vow.
The Buddha Many Jewels
Although long extinct
By means of his great vow
Utters the lion’s roar.
The Thus Come One Many Jewels,
As well as myself
And the transformation Buddhas here assembled
Will know of this resolution.
All you disciples of the Buddha,
Whoever can protect this Dharma,
Should make a great vow
To cause the Dharma long to abide."
To the great
assembly, I say: "After my extinction who can protect and uphold."
Shakyamuni Buddha said, "After I finish
speaking the Dharma Flower
Sutra, I'm going to enter Nirvana. Who of you in the four assemblies
here, and among the people of this Dharma Assembly, can make a vow to
read and speak this Sutra? Guo Hu (Fruit of Protection),
made a vow to protect this Dharma Flower Assembly. Now, in the
of the Buddhas, me, Shakyamuni Buddha, Many Jewels Thus
Come One, and
all my division body Buddhas, he should
make a vow. You should make
your vows now! This is like here in the Buddhist Lecture Hall some
people made vows. Although we have made vows, our vows are different.
After hearing this Sutra, some of you may make vows to protect the
Dharma Flower Sutra and support those who are lecturing on it.
Jewels, although long extinct, by means of his great vow, utters the
lion’s roar from within the great stupa. The Thus Come
One Many Jewels
as well as myself, Shakyamuni Buddha, and the
here assembled, the division body Buddhas who have
gathered here, will
know of this resolution. When you make your vow, we will
all know your
intent, and come to protect and support you. All you
disciples of the
Buddha, whoever can protect this Dharma, should make a great vow to
cause the Dharma long to abide. Who has made the resolve
to protect the
Dharma? You should make this greatest vow so that the Dharma of the
Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra can dwell in the world for a long
time to come.
→To be continued