Manjushri Bodhisattva said to Wisdom-Accumulation, “Such is the work of teaching and transforming that I have done within the sea.”
Manjushri Bodhisattva said to Wisdom-Accumulation, “Such is the work of teaching and transforming that I have done within the sea. You asked me how many creatures I had taught and transformed? Well, take a look at the present company. That’s about the size of it. What do you think?”
At that time, Wisdom-Accumulation spoke these verses of praise:
“O Greatly Wise, Virtuous and Courageous One,
You have taught and saved countless beings.
Now this Great Assembly and I have seen this for ourselves.
Proclaiming the Real Mark’s principle, opening the
Dharma of One Vehicle,
You are a guide for all living beings
Leading them quickly to Bodhi’s realization.”
When Wisdom-Accumulation saw all the limitless Great Bodhisattvas that Manjushri had taught—the Great Bodhisattvas and Great Hearers cultivating the Great Vehicle’s principle of emptiness—at that time Wisdom-Accumulation Bodhisattva spoke these verses of praise. All of you should remember to praise people when you see them. Give them several high hats! It doesn’t cost you anything. Wisdom-Accumulation praised Manjushri Bodhisattva, saying, “O Greatly Wise, Virtuous and Courageous One, you have taught and saved countless beings. You have great wisdom, great virtuous practice, great courage, and you go forward with vigor. You are really a heroic general! You have taught and liberated this countless multitude of beings, causing them to practice the Bodhisattva Way. Now this Great Assembly and I have seen this for ourselves! The Dharma Flower Sutra Assembly of Shakyamuni Buddha, and I myself, have seen all the many beings you have taught. Proclaiming the Real Mark’s principle, opening up and revealing the Dharma of One Vehicle—the Wonderful Dharma of the One Buddha Vehicle! “There are no other vehicles. There is only the One Buddha Vehicle.” [Chapter II; Expedient Devices; Dharma Flower Sutra.] You are a guide for all living beings, leading them quickly to Bodhi’s realization. On a vast scale, you lead and teach living beings to realize the wonderful fruition of Bodhi.”
Manjushri said, “While in the sea, I have proclaimed and taught only the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra!”
Wisdom-Accumulation asked Manjushri, “This Sutra is extremely profound and subtle. Among all the Sutras, it is a jewel rarely found in the world. Is there any living being who can, through diligence and vigor, cultivate this Sutra and quickly gain Buddhahood?”
Manjushri said, “While in the sea, I have proclaimed and taught only the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra! While staying in the salty sea, you know what Dharma I spoke? I’ll tell you: It was only the Wonderful Dharma Flower Sutra. I always spoke this Sutra. I didn’t lecture on any other Sutras.”
When Wisdom-Accumulation Bodhisattva heard Manjushri Bodhisattva say that he only lectured on the Dharma Flower Sutra, he had some doubts and so he asked Manjushri, “This Sutra is extremely profound. Can the creatures in the sea understand it? This Sutra is extremely profound and subtle. It is lofty, profound, and inconceivable. Among all the Sutras, it is a jewel, a precious treasure rarely found in the world. You seldom meet up with it. Is there any living being at all who can, through diligence and vigor, cultivate this Sutra and quickly gain Buddhahood? Is it possible for a living being who has heard the Dharma Flower Sutra to diligently cultivate according to this Sutra without laxness, and thereby attain Buddhahood quickly?” He had that kind of doubt.
To be continued