The dragon girl had a precious pearl, its worth equal to the entire system of three thousand great thousand worlds, which she took before the Buddha and presented to him. The Buddha immediately accepted it. The dragon girl then said to Wisdom-Accumulation and the Venerable Shariputra, "I just offered up this precious pearl and the World Honored One accepted it. Was that quick or not?"
"Very quick!" they answered.
The girl said, "With your spiritual powers, watch as I become a Buddha even more quickly than that!" At that moment, the entire assembly saw the dragon girl suddenly transform into a man and perfect the Bodhisattva conduct. Instantly she went off to the south, to the World without Filth, where, seated on a jeweled lotus, she accomplished Equal and Proper Enlightenment and embodied the thirty-two marks and eighty minor characteristics. There, for the sake of all living beings throughout the ten directions, she proceeded to proclaim the wonderful Dharma.
It's clear in the Vimalakirti Sutra, that the Venerable Shariputra already knew that the mark of male and female was ultimately unobtainable. Why then, in the Dharma Flower Sutra did he have doubts about the dragon girl being able to become a Buddha?
Actually, the doubts weren't Shariputra's or Wisdom-Accumulation's. Shariputra and Wisdom-Accumulation Bodhisattva were not attached to the mark of male or female. They merely asked these questions on behalf of living beings, fearing that some living beings might have doubts and not believe the Dharma Flower Sutra. That is why they brought up the point that women can't become Buddhas.
Common people see and think in terms of male and female. Sages have gone beyond concepts of male and female. Just because Shariputra brought up these points to challenge the dragon girl, you shouldn't think that Shariputra really didn't understand or that he was trying to pick a fight.
Shariputra said that a woman has five obstacles, which are that she cannot be a Brahma King, a Shakra, a demon king, a wheel-turning sage king, or a Buddha. As for not being able to be a demon king, as far as I'm concerned, that's great. What's so great about being a demon king? It's better to be a woman than a demon king. It's not such a bad obstacle, really.
The dragon girl had a precious pearl, its worth equal to the entire system of three thousand great thousand worlds, which she took before the Buddha and presented to him. Every dragon has a pearl, and treasures it above everything else. The dragon girl's pearl was very valuable, but she offered it to the Buddha, and the Buddha took it and put it into his pocket. Well, the Buddha didn't have pockets, but you get the general idea. He didn't say, "I don't want your 'crummy' pearl!" The dragon girl then said to Wisdom-Accumulation and the Venerable Shariputra, "Intelligent Ones, I just offered up this precious pearl and the World Honored One accepted it. Was this quick or not? What do you think? Wasn't it quick?"
"Very quick!" they answered.
The girl said, "With your spiritual powers, Wisdom-Accumulation and Shariputra, with your inconceivable powers, take a look, watch as I become a Buddha even more quickly than that! I will become a Buddha in less than the time it took to present my pearl to the Buddha.
At that moment the entire assembly saw the dragon girl suddenly transform into a man. This all happened faster than her giving the pearl to the Buddha. When she gave the Buddha her pearl she had to dig it out of her purse, bow to the Buddha, put it up to her forehead and probably took from three to five minutes at least. But now, she immediately became a man and just that fast was able to perfect the Bodhisattva conduct. Instantly she went off to the south, to the World without Filth, where, seated on a jeweled lotus, she accomplished Equal and Proper Enlightenment. She was born transformationally from a lotus flower, and she accomplished Buddhahood there.