I announce to the four assemblies that, after limitless eons have passed, Devadatta will become a Buddha by the name of King of Gods Thus Come One, One Worthy of Offerings, One of Right and Universal Knowledge, One Whose Clarity and Conduct Are Complete, Well-Gone One Who Understands the World, Supreme Lord, Regulating Hero, Teacher of Gods and Humans, Buddha, World Honored One. His world shall be called Pathway of the Gods.
I, Shakyamuni Buddha, announce to the four assemblies—the Bhikshus, Bhikshunis, Upasakas, and Upasikas—that, after limitless eons have passed, Devadatta, “Fever of the Gods” Bodhisattva, will become a Buddha by the name of King of Gods Thus Come One. He will be called “King of Gods,” because when he has cultivated and attained Buddhahood, he will be a god among the gods and a sage among the sages. One Worthy of Offerings from humans and gods, One of Right and Universal Knowledge. His knowledge is not only proper, but all-pervasive. One Whose Clarity and Conduct Are Complete. He has perfected his wisdom and cultivation. Well-Gone One Who Understands the World. In the future he will go to a good place, and he is the most intelligent person in the world. He has the power of insight. Supreme Lord. No one surpasses him. Regulating Hero. He can regulate and teach living beings in the Triple Realm. Teacher of Gods and Humans, Buddha, World Honored One. These are the ten titles of every Buddha. His world shall be called Pathway of the Gods. Our world is called the Saha World. When Devadatta attains Buddhahood, his world will be named “Pathway of the Gods.”
He shall dwell in the world for twenty middle-sized eons, broadly speaking the wonderful Dharma for living beings. Living beings in number like the Ganges’ sands shall attain the fruit of Arhatship. Limitless living beings will bring forth the resolve to enlighten to conditions. Living beings in number like Ganges’ sands will bring forth the supreme mind for the Path, attaining patience with the nonproduction of dharmas, and arrive at irreversibility.
He shall dwell in the world for twenty middle-sized eons. In our world “one increasing and one decreasing” comprises one eon. What is meant by “one increasing and one decreasing”? Every one hundred years, people’s average lifespan increases by one year and their average height increases by one inch. When people’s average lifespan increases to the point of 84,000 years, it starts decreasing, one year at a time, and their height also decreases one inch a year. When people’s average lifespan is ten years, it starts to increase again at the same rate. One complete cycle of increase and decrease makes up one small eon.
Twenty small eons make up one middle-sized eon. Four middle-sized eons make up a large eon.
The entire world also goes through the process of creation, being, decay, and emptiness. The process of creation lasts for one middle-sized eon, the process of being lasts for one middle-sized eon, the process of decay lasts for one middle-sized eon, and the process of emptiness lasts for one middle-sized eon. Those four eons make up one great eon. When Devadatta becomes a Buddha, he will dwell in the world for twenty middle-sized eons. That means five great eons.
He will be broadly speaking the wonderful Dharma for living beings during all that time. He will speak the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra for living beings for the length of twenty middle-sized eons.
Living beings in number like the Ganges’ sands shall attain the fruit of Arhatship. What is Arhatship? There are Four Fruitions of Arhatship. There are Arhats of the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Fruitions.
To be continued