From last issue:
The Eighteen Unshared Dharmas of a Buddha
6. Nothing not known and yet everything already cast aside. The Buddha completely knows and understands all dharmas. However, he is not attached to any dharmas. Although he knows all dharmas, he has renounced all dharmas. He has put them all down. Because he has cast aside all dharmas, there are no dharmas whatsoever that he has attained.
7. Zeal that never decreases. “Zeal” refers to hopes and wishes.
8. Vigor that never decreases. His vigor cannot be lessened. From the time he began cultivating the Bodhisattva Way, the Buddha was only vigorous. There was never a time when he retreated. He only advanced vigorously and never regressed. In everything he did, he made sure to do it to perfection.
9. Mindfulness that never decreases. He is always mindful of the Dharma cultivated by all the Buddhas of the three periods of time. His mindfulness of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha is uninterrupted and never decreases. If you merely are mindful and are not vigorous, it’s not enough. If you are merely vigorous but are not mindful, that won’t work, either. You must have both, because they aid each other.
10. Wisdom that never decreases. His wisdom grows every day. It doesn’t grow one day and shrink the next!
11. Liberation that never decreases. Day by day, he is more liberated. Day by day he gains more freedom and ease.
12. Knowledge and vision of liberation that never decreases. If one is liberated, but still holds to knowledge and views regarding liberation, that is not true liberation. One must also be liberated from the knowledge and vision regarding liberation.
13. All body karma accords with the practice of wisdom. In all his bodily action he is without stupidity or ignorance. His body karma is pure.
14. All speech karma accords with the practice of wisdom.
15. All mind karma accords with the practice of wisdom.
16. Wisdom which affords unhindered knowledge of the past.
17. Wisdom which affords unhindered knowledge of the future.
18. Wisdom which affords unhindered knowledge of the present.
Only the Buddha has those Eighteen Dharmas. They are not shared with the Three Vehicles: the Bodhisattvas, Condition-enlightened Ones, or Hearers.
The Buddha has the power of the Way of spiritual penetrations. With his unlimited spiritual penetrations, the Buddha accomplished the Buddha Way, that is, the accomplishment of Equal, Proper Enlightenment, and the vast rescue of living beings. This all came about because of my Good Knowing Advisor, Devadatta. Because of the powerful teaching of Devadatta, I have realized Buddhahood!
To be continued