Sutra text from last issue: ...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.
When I was in Hong Kong and Manchuria, I was much more authoritarian. If I suspected that something should be done and it wasn't, I would get very upset. Now I have come to America, and I see that here, fathers don't give orders to their children, and teachers don't give orders to their students. I figure that as a teacher of Buddhism, I should be more democratic. Therefore, you students must be even more democratic! We shall practice the genuine Buddhadharma in the context of true democracy, and it will be wonderful!
Soon we are going to have another liberation of life ceremony, but this time we are going to choose the master of ceremonies democratically. There are three candidates and in order to avoid having to make the decision myself and thereby cause two of them to be unhappy, they will draw straws. The long straw wins! That way, no one will have any grievances. Don't worry about it! If you worry, you're just indulging in false thinking. Those of you with false thinking should get rid of it, and those without it should get some! That's where the wonderful is!
[To a disciple] I said, "This is not the way." He said, "Yes, it is." How wonderful it is in this country. Disciples can argue with their teacher. I said that it was not the way; he insisted that it was. Had I said that it was the way; for certain that he would have said that it was not the way. So this is a small problem in democracy.
Don't be sorry. If you have to be a master of ceremonies, you'll just be it. Don't think so much about it. If you think too much about it, you are just engaged in false thinking. If you don't think so much of it, you'll be free from false thinking. If you don't have any false thinking, you should have to have some false thinking. If you have false thinking, you should try to stop it. This is exactly where it's wonderful.
"She accomplished Equal and Proper Enlightenment." "Proper enlightenment" is the true enlightenment of the Buddha; there is nothing false within it.
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. The dragon girl was speaking the wonderful Dharma for the living beings in the world to the south called, "Without Filth," and also for the living beings in all the other nine directions. The "wonderful Dharma" is inconceivable. It's just a matter of not having false thinking.
If you do not have false thinking, it is wonderful Dharma. If you do, it's not!
The Bodhisattvas, Hearers, gods, dragons, and the rest of the eightfold division, both humans and non-humans in the Saha World all watched from a distance as the dragon girl became a Buddha and spoke the Dharma for all the gods and humans.
They rejoiced exceedingly and reverently made obeisance from afar. Hearing that Dharma, limitless living beings understood and awoke, attaining to irreversibility. Countless living beings received predictions of the Way. The World without Filth quaked in six ways, while in the Saha World, three thousand living beings came to dwell on the ground of irreversibility, and three thousand living beings brought forth the Bodhi resolve and received predictions. Wisdom-Accumulation Bodhisattva, Shariputra, and the entire assembly silently believed and accepted.
The Bodhisattvas, Hearers, gods, dragons, and the rest of the eightfold division, both humans and non-humans in the
Saha World all watched from a distance as the dragon girl became a Buddha and spoke the Dharma for all the gods and humans. They rejoiced exceedingly and reverently made obeisance from afar. "Saha" is a Sanskrit word which means "worthy of being endured." It is the world we live in and it is filled with all kinds of suffering that living beings find hard to endure. At that time there were many Bodhisattvas, many Hearers and many Arhats, as wells as heavenly dragons and sea dragon. The eightfold division has been explained before, and I believe everyone understands them, so I won't go over them again. When those witnessing the event saw the dragon girl become a Buddha they were filled with the bliss of Dharma joy and were happy at heart.
Hearing that Dharma, which the dragon girl spoke as the Buddha she had instantaneously become,
limitless living beings understood and awoke; they became enlightened,
attaining to irreversibility. Countless living beings received predictions of the Way, predictions of Buddhahood.
The World without Filth, the world where the dragon girl was,
quaked in six ways: banging, roaring, cracking, shaking, surging, and rising.
To be continued