From last issue: The Buddha told Manjushri, “This Sutra is called ‘The Unsurpassed Precious Seal…of the Great Buddha’s Summit…’”
It is also called “The Cause for Saving a Relative”: to rescue Ananda and the Bhikshuni “Nature,” who is now in this assembly, so that they obtain the Bodhi mind and enter the sea of pervasive knowledge.
It is also called “The Cause for Saving a Relative”: to rescue Ananda. The Buddha was related to Ananda; they were cousins. He wanted to save Ananda from the difficulty he got into with Matangi’s daughter. He also rescued the Bhikshuni “Nature,” who is now in this assembly. The Bhikshuni Nature was Matangi’s daughter. She was, by now, a fourth-stage Arhat in the assembly. They obtain the Bodhi mind and enter the sea of pervasive knowledge. These two people have attained levels of enlightenment. “Pervasive knowledge” is as in “One of Proper and Pervasive Knowledge,” one of the titles of the Buddhas. “Proper knowledge” is knowing that the mind gives rise to the myriad dharmas. “Pervasive knowledge” is knowing that the myriad dharmas are only from the mind. The “sea of pervasive knowledge” actually means the “sea of proper and pervasive knowledge.”
It is also called “The Tathagata’s secret cause, and his cultivation of and certification to the complete meaning.”
It is also called “The Tathagata’s secret cause.” It has another name, which indicates that it is the most secret Dharma door of the Thus Come One. It is also “his cultivation of and certification to the complete meaning,” which refers to the most fundamental principle of his cultivation and certification to the fruition. This is another name for this Sutra.
It is also called “The Great Pervasive Method of the Wonderful Lotus Flower King, with the Dharani Mantra which is the Mother of All Buddhas of the Ten Directions.”
It is also called “The Great Pervasive Method.” This is a Dharma. It is the greatest Dharma; it pervades the ten directions and is boundlessly vast. “The Wonderful Lotus Flower King” is an analogy for the Shurangama Sutra. “The Dharani Mantra which is the Mother of All Buddhas of the Ten Directions” refers to the Shurangama Mantra. All the Buddhas of the ten directions are born from the Shurangama Mantra. “Dharani” is a Sanskrit word which means to “encompass and hold.” It encompasses all dharmas; it holds limitless meanings. Another meaning is that it encompasses the three karmas of body, mouth, and mind so that no violations are made by them. With your body you do not kill, steal, or lust. With your mind you should be devoid of greed, anger, and stupidity. With your mouth you do not indulge in loose speech, harsh speech, lying, or gossip. You do not commit any of these ten evil deeds. And it holds the limitless Dharma doors of all the Buddhas. That’s another way to explain “Dharani.”
It is also called “The Foremost Shurangama, Sections and Phrases for Anointing the Crown of the Head, and All Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.” Thus should you respectfully uphold it.
“The Foremost Shurangama”: This is the first and foremost of durable dharmas. It is a strong and firm dharma. Sections and Phrases for Anointing the Crown of the Head refer to the Shurangama Mantra. If you recite it, your karmic obstacles will very quickly be eradicated. Very soon you will obtain wisdom. Earlier, in his verse, Ananda said of it:
The wonderfully deep dharani,
the unmoving honored one,
The foremost Shurangama King
is seldom found in the world.
It melts away my upside-down thoughts
gathered in a million kalpas.
So I needn’t endure asamkhyeya aeons
to obtain the Dharma Body.
The Shurangama Mantra can invisibly anoint you on the crown of the head and thereby eradicate your upside-down thoughts that have gone on for limitless aeons. There is no need to have to pass through three great asamkhyeya aeons before you obtain the Dharma body. All Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices are contained within this Sutra. Ananda, you should rely on this Dharma in your cultivation. Thus should you respectfully uphold it.
After this was said, Ananda and all in the Great Assembly immediately received the Thus Come One’s instruction in the secret seal, the meaning of bo da la, and heard these names for the complete meaning of this Sutra.
After this was said, after the Buddha finished explaining the names of this Sutra, Ananda and all in the Great Assembly immediately received the Thus Come One’s instruction in the secret seal. Everyone simultaneously took in the Thus Come One’s teaching about the secret seal, the meaning of bo da la. “Bo da la,” again, is the Great White Canopy. They fathomed its wonderful meaning. And they heard these names for the complete meaning of this Sutra. These names were the most comprehensive, the most ultimate, the most thoroughly meaningful titles.
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