其有能護  此經法者  則為供養  我及多寶
此多寶佛  處於寶塔  常遊十方  為是經故
亦復供養  諸來化佛  莊嚴光飾  諸世界者
若說此經  則為見我  多寶如來  及諸化佛
諸善男子  各諦思惟  此為難事  宜發大願
Reminder from last issue:
If anyone vows to protect, uphold, read and speak the Dharma Flower Sutra, the Thus Come One Many Jewels, and Shakyamuni Buddha and all his transformation body Buddhas will know it, and will come to protect that person.
Whoever can protect
The Dharma of this Sutra
Has thereby made offerings
To me and Many Jewels.
The Buddha Many Jewels,
Dwelling in the jeweled stupa,
Always travels throughout the ten directions
For the sake of this Sutra.
Moreover, one will have made offerings
To the transformation Buddhas here,
Who adorn with splendor
All the worlds.
If one speaks this Sutra,
One will have seen me,
The Thus Come One Many Jewels
And the transformation Buddhas.
All of you good men,
Think it over carefully!
This is a difficult matter
Requiring a great vow.
Whoever can protect/ the Dharma of this Sutra/ Shakyamuni Buddha says, "I am just now starting to speak the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra. After I finish speaking it, I am going to enter Nirvana. Now, in front of me and the Thus Come One Many Jewels, you should all make vows to protect, uphold, and propagate the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, and cause this wonderful Dharma to remain in the world for a long time. If you all can protect the Dharma of this Sutra, you have thereby made offerings/ to me and Many Jewels/ Why? The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra is my real body. Not only have you made offerings to me, but also to the Thus Come One Many Jewels.
The Buddha Many Jewels/ dwelling in the jeweled stupa/ always travels throughout the ten directions for the sake of this Sutra/ Seated in the jeweled stupa, the Buddha Many Jewels often travels to other lands in the ten directions in order to listen to and certify the speaking of the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra. Moreover, one will have made offerings/ to the transformation Buddhas here/ who adorn with splendor/ all of the worlds/ If you vow to propagate the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, you are making offerings to all my transformation body Buddhas. If you speak the Dharma Flower Sutra, you are adorning the limitless Buddhalands and worlds. If one speaks this Sutra/ one will have seen me/ Shakyamuni Buddha, the Thus Come One Many Jewels/ and the transformation Buddhas/ You will not only have seen Shakyamuni Buddha, you will also have seen the true body of the Thus Come One Many Jewels, and all the limitless transformation Buddhas of Shakyamuni Buddha. You will have made offerings to them all.
All of you good men/ think it over carefully!/ All of you men and women of good hearts, you should carefully reflect upon and consider this. This is a difficult matter/ requiring a great vow/ It is a very difficult matter to make a vow to protect, uphold, preach, and lecture upon the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra. You shouldn't consider it a simple matter. It is difficult even to come to listen to it being lectured. You might want to hear lectures on it, but if no one is lecturing it, how are you going to hear it then? You can’t lecture on it yourself. It is no easy matter. What’s to be done? You should make a great vow. Make vows, saying:
In every life, I will draw near the Triple Jewel.
In every life, I will protect and uphold
the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra.
In every life, I will take refuge with a Good Knowing Advisor.
In every life, I will draw near a Good Knowing Advisor.
In every life, I will listen to my Good Knowing Advisor
lecture on the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra.
You have to make this kind of vow. Then you will have a chance to hear this Sutra. Otherwise, even if it were being lectured, you wouldn't want to hear it. You might get one foot in the door, but the other foot will retreat and say, "Don't go in! Let's get out of here, quick!" So there's no chance to hear the Sutra. Just to be able to come and listen to the lectures is quite inconceivable. In the book Reflections in Water and Mirrors, it says "Who would have thought the Buddhadharma was anything but inconceivable!" It’s just describing the inconceivable state of the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra.