He constantly rejoiced, never growing weary. In making offerings to all Buddhas on the causal ground, he never grew weary and said, "I've had enough. There are too many Buddhas to make offerings to." The more Buddhas he made offerings to, the happier he was. He never got tired of doing this. His door of joy and giving was extremely deep and vast like an ocean. Are there any questions?
In every thought, immeasurable spiritual powers
Bring into being lotuses with various fragrances.
Buddhas seated upon them travel everywhere.
The Spirit Red Light observes all of this.
The Spirit of Foot Travel named Red Lotus Flower Light attained the following state of the Buddha: In every thought, he thinks of the Buddha's immeasurable and countless spiritual powers, which bring into being marvelous lotuses with various fragrances. With spiritual powers Buddha transforms all kind of marvelous lotuses, which emit various fragrances, various lotus fragrances. /Buddhas seated upon them travel everywhere to all lands in the ten directions of the Dharma Realm, in order to teach and transform living beings. The Spirit of Foot Travel named Red Light observes all of this, understands this state, and enters this door to liberation.
The Dharma of every Buddha, Thus Come One, is thus.
His extensive assemblies pervade the ten directions.
He universally manifests inconceivable spiritual powers.
The Spirit Supreme Floral Cowl completely sees and understands this.
In every place throughout the lands of the ten directions,
Whether raising his foot or setting it down,
He is able to bring the multitudes to accomplishment.
The Spirit Good Views realizes this with joy.
He manifests as many bodies as there are living beings.
Each and every body fills up the Dharma Realm.
All of them radiate pure light and rain down myriad treasures.
Star Banner has entered a liberation such as this.
The states of the Thus Come One are without bounds.
He sends down Dharma rain that fills all places.
The assembled multitudes behold the Buddha in delight.
This is what Wondrous Sound has observed.
The Dharma of every Buddha, Thus Come One, is thus. The Buddhadharma of all Buddhas throughout the ten directions is this way. What way? His extensive assemblies pervade the ten directions. Every Buddha manifests a vast assembly in a great Way-place. These huge, great Way-places are everywhere throughout the ten directions. He universally manifests inconceivable, great spiritual powers. / The Spirit of Foot Travel named Supreme Floral Cowl completely sees this kind of state and understands this door to liberation.
In every place throughout the lands of the ten directions, / Whether raising his foot or setting it down, he is able to bring the multitudes to accomplishment. Every move the Buddha makes and every word he says is for the sake of teaching and transforming living beings and bringing them to accomplishment. The Spirit of Foot Travel named Good Views realizes this principle with joy.
He, the Buddha, manifests as many bodies as there are living beings. / Each and every body fills up the Dharma Realm. / All of them radiate pure light and rain down myriad treasures. The Spirit of Foot Travel named Star Banner has entered and understood a liberation door such as this.
The states of the Thus Come One are without bounds. / He sends down Dharma rain that fills all places. This universal Dharma rain fills up the Dharma Realm. The assembled multitudes in all Way-places throughout the ten directions behold the Buddha in delight. / This is what the Spirit of Foot Travel named Wondrous Sound has observed. He has understood this kind of state.
The range of the Buddha's voice equals empty space.
Every kind of sound is encompassed therein.
It subdues all living beings without exception.
Chandana is able to hear and accept this.
Transformed sounds come out of every pore,
Proclaiming names of all Buddhas of the three periods of time.
Those who hear are filled with happiness.
This is the perception of the Spirit Lotus Flower Brilliance.
The Buddha's body undergoes inconceivable transformations.
In every step his forms resemble the ocean.
He shows himself according to living beings' wishes.
This is the attainment of Wondrous Radiance.
Displaying great spiritual powers everywhere in ten directions,
He brings all living beings to enlightenment.
The Spirit Myriads of Wonderful Flowers sees this Dharma,
And having seen it, feels tremendous delight.
The state of the Flower Adornment Sutra completely fills the Dharma Realm. Not to speak of hearing it explained, simply reciting it or listening to the way it sounds will enable one to plant measureless good roots. If one can understand its meanings, one will further increase in measureless good roots. The Flower Adornment Sutra is wonderful beyond words.
You should not think, "Every day the Sutra is lectured, but I already understand it. There's not much point in this." You have this false thinking all day long. "Wouldn't I be better off spending my time doing something else?" You ought to know that if you do something else instead of listening to the Sutra, you will have even more false thinking. For that reason, every day at this time, we lecture the Sutra and speak Dharma. We get up early to do morning recitation and sit in meditation. These daily practices are to help you eliminate your bad habits and faults and prevent you from engaging in false thinking. However, you insist on indulging in your fantasies. What a pity!
The range of the Buddha's voice equals empty space. The Buddha's sound pervades empty space and the Dharma realm. There is not a single place where the Buddha's sound is absent. The measure of the Buddha's sound is as great as empty space. Every kind of sound is encompassed therein. The Buddha's sound is such that, With one sound he proclaims the Dharma, And living beings each understand it according to their kind. Although the Buddha has only one sound, every living being hears it in that living being's own language. Asians hear it and interpret it as being an Asian language. Westerners perceive the Buddha's sound as being in a Western language. Without need for translation, the Buddha's sound is transformed into every language. And this happens faster than could be done with any advanced scientific technology.
It subdues all living beings without exception. The Buddha's voice subdues every stubborn being. When tigers hear the Buddha's sound, they take refuge with the Triple Jewel and faithfully accept and practice the teachings. When lions hear it, they do the same. Every kind of creature can be tamed. The Buddha speaks the Dharma for all creatures in the realm of living beings. The Spirit of Foot Travel named Chandana Tree Light is able to hear and accept this state and liberation door, and understand it.
Transformed sounds of wonderful Dharma come out of every pore of the Buddha's body, proclaiming names of all Buddhas of the three periods of time—past, present, and future—and praising all Buddhas. Those who hear are filled with happiness. Every living being who hears these sounds is delighted. This is the perception of the Spirit of Foot Travel named Lotus Flower Brilliance. This is what he sees.
The Buddha's body undergoes infinite and inconceivable transformations. In every step his forms resemble the ocean. The wonderful forms manifested by the Buddha are as vast and inconceivable as an ocean. He shows himself according to living beings' wishes. The Buddha causes living beings to see him according to their thoughts. This is the attainment of Spirit of Foot Travel named Wondrous Radiance. He understood this state.
Constantly displaying great spiritual powers everywhere in ten directions, he brings all living beings to enlightenment, leading them from ignorance to wisdom. The Spirit of Foot Travel named Myriads of Wonderful Flowers sees this wonderful Dharma, / And having seen it, feels tremendous delight, being filled with the joy of Dharma.
Moreover, the Multi-bodied Spirit named State of Pure Joy obtained the liberation door of recollecting the sea of the Buddha's past vows. The Multi-bodied Spirit named Light Illumining the Ten Directions obtained the liberation door of light universally shining upon boundless worlds. The Multi-bodied Spirit named Taming and Subduing with Ocean Sound obtained the liberation door of great sound universally enlightening all living beings, causing them to be happy and subdued.
Moreover, since the meaning of the Sutra has not been fully explained, the explanation will continue. The Multi-bodied Spirit is named State of Pure Joy because he has attained a state of pure happiness. What state of the Buddha has he obtained? He has obtained the liberation door of recollecting the sea of the Buddha's past vows. He remembers the vows that Shakyamuni Buddha made in the past, which are as vast as an ocean. Cultivators of the Way should not look lightly upon vows. You must have great vows, so that your cultivation can be great and you can achieve a great result. Without great vows, it is like trying to cross the ocean without a boat—you cannot get across. Great vows are like a boat that ferries you across the sea. Therefore, it is essential that cultivators make great vows, so that they can attain a great fruition.
Shakyamuni Buddha's past vows are as numerous, as vast, and as deep as the great sea; they are measureless and boundless. As his disciples, we ought to make great, vast vows to cultivate the unsurpassed Way. The Spirit named State of Pure Joy obtained this door to liberation.
The Multi-bodied Spirit named Light Illumining the Ten Directions obtained the liberation door of light universally shining upon boundless worlds. His light illumines the entire Dharma Realm, reaching all of the infinitely many worlds. He obtained that door to liberation.
To be continued