Jump up就跑到摩天樓頂上去了。除非你坐著 火箭，或者電梯，那又是一回事，那是科學的幫助，不是你自己的力量。
The state of the Flower Adornment Sutra is infinitely
multi-layered. Whether the Sutra is talking about spirits,
ghosts, people, or Bodhisattvas, it will list ten of the
kind of being under discussion to represent an infinite
number. The clouds of offerings now being discussed also
represent the Flower Adornment Sutra's multi-layered
infinitude, just as clouds in the sky often appear in layer
after layer without end. The wonderful Dharma of the Flower
Adornment Sutra is infinitely multi-layered in all aspects.
What America needs right now are sagely Sanghans and
enlightend people, those who have realized the sagely
fruition. America needs the Proper Dharma. It doesn't need
Dharma in decline or mute members of the Sangha. It has no
need for ordinary Sangha members who only know how to eat.
Those of you who have left the home-life in America must
cultivate vigorously and quickly realize the fruition. Once
you have realized the fruition, nothing presents any
difficulty. Don't be afraid. Fear is useless. Hurry up and
realize the fruition. I need disciples who have realized the
fruition. The first, second, and third people to realize the
fruition are my true disciples.
We can distinguish three levels and nine grades. Whoever
wants to can be in the first grade. You also have a chance
to join second or third grade. It's not the case that you
reach three levels of enlightenent and that's it. What we
have is infinitely many levels. Already there are some who
have become enlightened. However, I cannot tell you who they
are. Once you know, you'll do anything to make offerings to
them, thinking, "Those are Sages. I've got to make offerings
to them" Then the merit and virtue would be all yours. Thus,
I cannot tell you who they are.
Among the rankings of first, second, and third, let's see
where you fall. There are the first, second, and third of
the top level, and those of the bottom level. What I need
are people who realize the fruition, not people who spend
their time sleeping.
Question: "I've bowed in repentance, and it doesn't help.
All that is superficial work. How can I realize the
Venerable Master: Don't seek outside. You must work on
the false before the true can appear. If you don't work on
the false, the true cannot manifest. If you wish to realize
the fruit of sagehood, you must cultivate the Bodhisattva
Path to the end of time. Since we have not yet attained the
true, we can start by working on the superficial aspects.
When we have amassed plenty of merit and virtue, we will
naturally realize the fruition. We haven't realized the
fruition yet because our virtue is insufficient.
When we have cultivated blessings and wisdom to
perfection, we will naturally attain sagehood. Our
cultivation can be compared to constructing a building.
Those skyscrapers in New York were built from the ground up,
not from the sky down.
To travel far, one must start from a nearby place.
To climb high, one must start from a low position.
Every journey begins with the first step. It's impossible
to skip the first step and start with, say, the second or
tenth step. To reach a high place, you must start climbing
from down below. You can't simply leap up to the top of a
skyscraper. You can't get up there so easily, unless you
take a rocket or an elevator, but that's another matter.
That's relying on scientific technology, not your own
That is to say, there were clouds of flowers of all mani
jewels; clouds of wonderful fragrances of all lotus flowers;
clouds of the full brilliance of all jewels; clouds of
boundless states of fragrant flames; clouds of sun treasury
mani wheel light; clouds of all delightful sounds of music;
clouds of boundless forms and bright flames from all jeweled
lamps; clouds of branches, flowers, and fruits from all
jeweled trees; clouds of infinite, precious, pure light of
kings of mani; and clouds of kings of mani of all adorned
objects. There were as many of such clouds of offerings as
there are motes of dust in Buddha worlds.
Each of those Bodhisattvas created such clouds of
offerings, raining them continuously and without end over
the sea of multitudes in all the Way-places.
That is to say, there were clouds of flowers of all
mani jewels; clouds of wonderlul fragrances of all lotus
flowers; clouds of the full brilliance of all jewels; clouds
of boundless states of fragrant flames. Various
kinds of states manifested within these clouds. There were
also clouds of sun treasury mani wheel light; clouds
of all delightful sounds of music. When people
heard the music being played in these clouds, they felt
happy. There were clouds of boundless forms and
bright flames from all jeweled lamps; clouds of branches,
flowers, and fruits from all jeweled trees; clouds of
infinite, precious, pure light of kings of
mani jewels; and clouds of kings of mani of
all adorned objects. There were as many of
such clouds of offerings- the ten kinds mentioned
earlier- as there are motes of dust in Buddha
Each of those great Bodhisattvas
created such clouds of offerings, raining them continuously
and without end over the sea of multitudes in all the
Way-places. Clouds and jewels fell like rain to adorn the
Way-places. It was a continual downpour of one kind
of clouds after another in endless manifestations.
Having manifested these clouds, they circumambulated the
World Honored One to the right countless hundreds of
thousands of times. Then, in their own direction not far
from the Buddha, they each created a lion throne of a
countless variety of jeweled lotuses and seated themselves
in full lotus upon it.
All these Bodhisattvas had cultivated purity as
vast as the ocean. They had attained the dharma of the
universal door of the illumination of wisdom. Having
followed the nonobstruction practiced by all Buddhas, they
were able to enter the Dharma ocean of all eloquences. They
had attained the Dharma door of inconceivable liberation and
dwelt on the ground of the Thus Come One's universal door.
Having attained all Dharani doors, they were able to take in
all Dharma seas.
Having manifested all these
various clouds, they- these great
Bodhisattvas- circumambulated the World Honored One
to the right countless hundreds of thousands of times. Then,
in their own direction- whether in front of the
Buddha, behind the Buddha, or to the left or right of the
Buddha- not too far from the
Buddha, they each used their spiritual powers and
created a lion throne of a countless variety of
jeweled lotuses and seated themselves in full lotus upon it.
Each Bodhisattva sat in full lotus upon the lion throne he
All these Bodhisattvas had cultivated purity as
vast as the ocean. The Dharma doors these
Bodhisattvas had cultivated were pure and as vast and
abundant as an ocean. They had attained the dharma
of the universal door of the illumination of wisdom.
They had attained the brilliance of genuine wisdom, with
which they could rescue all living beings. They had attained
the universal door dharma of impartial manifestation.
Having followed the nonobstruction practiced by all
Buddhas in the past, they were able to
enter the Dharma ocean of all eloquences. These
Bodhisattvas all had measureless samadhis and eloquences.
Their eloquence was as profound and unfathomable as the
ocean. They had attained the Dharma door of
inconceivable, sublime, and unfathomable
liberation and dwelt on the ground of the Thus Come One's
universal door of equality. Having attained
all Dharani doors, all dharmas of uniting and
upholding, they were able to take in all Dharma
seas. They could accept the Dharma seas of all
They skillfully dwelt on the ground of the impartial wisdom
of the three periods of time. They had attained deep faith
and immense happiness. Having accumulated boundless
blessings, they were wholesome and pure to the utmost.
Throughout empty space and the Dharma realm, nothing escaped
their contemplation. Whenever a Buddha appeared in any land
in the worlds of the ten directions, they would all
diligently make offerings.
At that time, the Bodhisattva Mahasattva named
King of Oceanic Wisdom and Sovereign Spiritual Powers
received the Buddha's awesome might, contemplated the sea of
all the multitudes in the Way-place, and spoke the following
They skillfully dwelt on the ground of the impartial
wisdom of the three periods of time. These great
Bodhisattvas were all able to understand the impartial
wisdom of all Buddhas of the three periods of time; that's
what's meant by dwelling on the ground of impartial wisdom-
the fruition of wisdom.
They had attained deep faith and immense happiness.
They had absolutely no doubts and were filled with the
happiness of Dharma.
~ To be continued