The Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Awesome Brilliance Universally Victorious obtained the liberation door of eradicating all suffering until none is left.
The Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Awesome Brilliance Universally Victorious obtained the liberation door, the state of seeing the Buddha eradicating all suffering of living beings
until none is left, and bestowing every kind of happiness upon them. Eradicating all suffering is great compassion. Bestowing every happiness is great kindness. He got rid of all sufferings entirely, and gave living beings total happiness. None of the suffering is left, meaning that there isn't even a little bit, much less a lot. He attained that liberation door.
The Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Subtle and Dense Wheel of Light obtained the liberation door of using the light of the exposition of Dharma to reveal the merit and virtue of all Thus Come Ones.
The Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Subtle and Dense Wheel of Light obtained the liberation door of using the light of the exposition of all
Dharma teachings—the Three Stores and Twelve Divisions of the Buddhist Canon. This spirit emits light and uses light to speak the Dharma and
to reveal the past deeds of merit and virtue of all Thus Come Ones. Ordinary people who have not attained spiritual penetrations will not understand this state. Those who have attained spiritual penetrations will know that within this light are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Hearers and Those Enlightened to Conditions, and all other types of living beings. The Buddha is there proclaiming the Dharma, and living beings are listening to it. This is an inconceivable state. He obtained that kind of door to liberation.
The Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Universal Eye Manifest View obtained the liberation door of causing all living beings to grow in good roots, even in their dreams.
The Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Universal Eye Manifest View obtained the liberation door of causing all living beings to grow in good roots, even in their dreams. This spirit's eyes can see very far away, which is why he is called "Universal Eye." "Manifest View" means that those faraway sights manifest up close, in plain view, so he can see them. What state of the Buddha has he obtained? He can cause living beings to do good deeds, increase their good roots, and cultivate blessings and wisdom not only when they are awake, but even when they are asleep and dreaming.
In the past there was a Buddha who did not speak Dharma directly. First, he made all the people go to sleep. Then in their dreams, he spoke for them all kinds of Dharma—suffering, emptiness, impermanence, and no self. And when they awoke, they realized the fruit of the Way. That was how that Buddha spoke the Dharma.
There was another Buddha who appeared as a rakshasa ghost in people's dreams in order to frighten them into cultivating the Way. They would think, "Oh no! Impermanence has come upon me, and I have nothing to rely upon. I'd better cultivate!" Don't consider nightmares to be inauspicious. Actually, they are the luckiest of all. They cause you to awaken to the fact that life is unreal. Even in dreams, he made people's good roots grow so that they brought forth the Bodhi resolve to seek the Unsurpassed Path.
The Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Universal Eye Manifest View understood this state of the Buddha, thus obtaining this liberation door.
The Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Vajra Solid Eyes obtained the liberation door of making appear an ocean of boundless great meanings.
At that time, the Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Blossoms All Around received the Buddha's awesome might, contemplated all the multitudes of mountain-ruling spirits, and spoke the following verse.
The next Mountain-Ruling Spirit is
named Vajra Solid Eyes. His eyes are as bright, sharp, and solid as vajra. Such vajra solid eyes are able to recognize all demon kings, yakshas, asuras, ghosts, and goblins. These eyes cannot be burned by fire or cut by knives. Thus he is named the Mountain-Ruling Spirit Vajra Solid Eyes. He
obtained the Buddha's state, the liberation door of making appear an ocean of boundless great meanings. "Great meanings" refers to the meanings of great Dharma, which are as deep, vast, and measureless as the ocean. These principles are mysterious and profound, vast and great. He obtained this kind of liberation door.
At that time, the Mountain-Ruling Spirit named Blossoms All Around received the Buddha Shakyamuni's
awesome spiritual might, by which he
contemplated all the multitudes of mountain-ruling spirits, and spoke the following verse. He was able to do this through the Buddha's spiritual power. He did not claim that he himself had such power and spiritual penetrations. Instead, he relied upon the Buddha's great awesome spiritual power to contemplate the multitudes of mountain-ruling spirits in the Flower Adornment Dharma Assembly. There were not just one or two, but infinitely many mountain-ruling spirits. The ten mentioned earlier in the text are the leaders. Now, this spirit speaks a verse.
The past cultivation of supreme practices without bounds
Now yields spiritual penetrations also beyond measure.
Extensively opening Dharma doors in number like motes of dust,
He brings all living beings to deep, joyful awakening.
The Mountain-Ruling Spirit Blossoms All Around used verses to praise
the Buddha's past cultivation of supreme practices. How many practices were there? They were without bounds, innumerable. The cultivation of those numerous supreme practices
now yields spiritual penetrations also beyond measure. How great are the Buddha's spiritual penetrations? We don't know.
Extensively opening Dharma doors in number like motes of dust. The Dharma doors in the ocean of teaching are comparable to a great sea. The Buddha opened them on a vast scale. How many were there? However many fine motes of dust there are, that's how many Dharma doors the Buddha has. Why are there so many Dharma doors? Because living beings are also as numerous as fine motes of dust. Dharma doors as many as dust motes are used to teach living beings as many as dust motes.
He completely brings all living beings to deep, joyful awakening. He causes living beings to profoundly understand the Buddhadharma and be happy.
His body adorned with the myriad marks fills the world.
Everything is purified by the light from his pores.
With expedients of great kindness he instructs all.
Flower Grove Wondrous Topknot awakened to this door.
His body adorned with the myriad marks fills the world. The thirty-two special marks and eighty subsidiary characteristics adorn his body, which pervades all worlds. The Buddha is nowhere and yet everywhere. His presence pervades the world.
Everything is purified by the light from his pores. Each of the Buddha's pores emits limitless light. Within that limitless light, more limitless light pours forth, and so on, in multi-layered profusion and mutual illumination. The lights from his pores mutually shine upon one another and upon all worlds, making them pure.
With expedients of great kindness he instructs all. The Buddha uses his greatly compassionate heart to bestow every kind of happiness upon living beings and remove all their sufferings. He employs various expedient methods to lead living beings to have faith, make vows, and cultivate. He uses expedient Dharma doors to instruct living beings and quickly bring them to enlightenment. The Mountain-Ruling Spirit
Flower Grove Wondrous Topknot awakened to this door. He understood this liberation door.
When I was practicing filial piety by my mother's grave, a cultivator named Zhi Yi sent me a big basket of dumplings called
wowotou. Wowotou is the kind of food that the monk Zhao Zhou wanted to find out about. He embarked on a quest to discover what food was known as "two inside and eight outside." The food is so named because to make it, one places two thumbs inside and eight fingers outside to shape the dough into the form of a bowl. Zhi Yi was a Bhikshu, and he maintained the practice of eating only one meal a day. He sent me a huge basket of these
wowotou, over a hundred of them. I ate two per day and didn't pay too much attention to them. One day I looked in the basket and found a long, furry mold growing on the dumplings at the bottom. Those moldy dumplings tasted horrible—worse than excrement. The other day I mentioned that those who eat meat should be able to eat excrement. Well, if you gave me excrement, I could eat it. If those people can do that, then you can acknowledge that they have some skill, that they have no thoughts of discrimination. Those moldy
wowotou were worse than excrement. They were spicy, stinky, and sour—truly awful. I removed the mold and ate them all the same. [To a disciple] You can also eat that kind of food. For example, if you want to be there for a month, you can make ninety steamed dumplings and eat three a day. You can make one-pound dumplings!
The Buddha's body appears everywhere without boundaries,
Completely filling the worlds of the ten directions.
All his faculties are adorned and pure,
inspiring joy in his beholders.
Lofty Banner was able to understand and enter this Dharma.
The Buddha's Dharma body appears everywhere throughout the Dharma Realm and empty space. His presence infuses every single mote of dust. Thus his body is said to be
without boundaries, Completely filling the worlds of the ten directions. The Buddha's body does not appear only in one world. All worlds throughout the ten directions of the Dharma Realm and empty space are filled with the Buddha's Dharma body.
All his faculties are adorned and pure, inspiring joy in his beholders. The Buddha's body is adorned with the thirty-two marks and eighty subsidiary characteristics. All his faculties are perfect and pure. Therefore, everyone who sees the Buddha is delighted. The Mountain-Ruling Spirit
Lofty Banner was able to understand and enter this Dharma. He understood this state, this liberation door, and this principle.
To be continued