From last issue: They are arrogant and think, "There is no one but me!" They are afraid that people will object if they say that they are Buddhas, so they cover for themselves by saying, "Everybody is a Buddha!"
They will be greedy for benefits and offerings. Do you know why they insist that they are Buddhas? Because they are greedy for offerings. They want people to benefit them. "Hey, let's make offerings to that Buddha!" That's what is happening with them. Of increasingly unwholesome roots. Their evil roots will increase and they will become far removed from liberation. What is liberation? It is just the absence of any attachments. If you say that you are a Buddha, you have that attachment. It's nowhere near the totally unattached state of liberation. They draw near to attachment instead. And they are difficult to teach and transform. People like that are the hardest kind to teach, but still, the Bodhisattvas say, "We shall give rise to the great power of patience and save them, no matter how hard it is to do. How will we save them? We will read and recite this Sutra for them to hear, maintain and speak it, write it out, and make various kinds of offerings to it. This includes bowing to the Sutra, writing it out in one's own blood, or lighting incense to the Sutra. We will do this continually, not sparing our very bodies or lives. Even if it means giving up our lives, we still do it. Often you see people lighting incense or lamps before the Dharma Flower Sutra, and practicing bitter practices or writing out the text with their blood. They do this because in the past as Bodhisattvas, they made such vows.
You Americans have come to the Summer Session to hear the "Chapter on the Vision of the Jeweled Stupa." You wonder, "What is that chapter all about? Let's go listen!"
Who would have guessed that not only would you get to hear that chapter, but you get to hear the next one, the "Devadatta Chapter," and now the "Exhortation to Maintain Chapter" as well! In the future you will hear even more. We just mentioned one chapter in the Summer Session Announcement, but now you get to hear so many chapters. This is certainly a good bargain. You don't have to toil to gain a great deal of advantages in studying the Buddhadharma. The Bodhisattvas, then, make vows to offer up their lives if necessary to propagate the Dharma Flower Sutra and teach the Dharma to living beings. This is an inconceivable state. You are now listening to the Dharma Flower Sutra and some of you made vows before Shakyamuni Buddha saying, "In the future we are going to the English-speaking countries to investigate the Dharma Flower Sutra. You can lecture the Sutra and we will listen to it, and living beings will bring forth the Bodhi mind." Some of you made a vow saying, "It would be too hard to go there and learn English, so let's be born in that country and take it as our native language." Many of you have a Buddha-light surrounding you and you have great causal affinities with the Dharma Flower Sutra, the Sutra for realizing Buddhahood. This is inconceivably, ineffably wonderful! I could never express in words how wonderful it is. The wonderful Dharma of the Dharma Flower Sutra is not easy to understand.
I said that some of you had Buddha-light, and one of you mistakenly felt that you had an enlightenment. You thought, "That must mean that my light and the Buddha's are the same!"
I wasn't saying that the Buddha-light was yours. I was saying that the Buddha's light was shining on you. I am now lecturing the Sutra and the Buddha is putting forth light to shine upon you so that you can quickly get rid of your arrogance and stupidity. Now do you understand? Your previous insight was mistaken. It was not a genuine enlightenment. I have to make that clear to you.
To be continued