Seas of lands exhausting
the ten directions
And all realms of living beings therein,
By means of the Buddha's impartial, space-like wisdom,
Manifest in their entirety within his pores.
Seas of Buddhas' lands exhausting the ten directions
/ And all
countries and realms of living beings therein, / By means of
the Buddha's impartial, space-like wisdom, / Manifest in
their entirety within his pores. The Buddha's wisdom is
level and equal like empty space. Although all the Buddhas'
lands and realms of living beings are vast and boundless,
the huge can appear inside the tiny, The Buddhas' pores are
tiny, yet what is huge can appear within them. The tiny can
also manifest inside the huge. Huge and tiny are mutually
non-obstructive. The Buddha's wisdom power can thoroughly
fathom all kinds of realms of living beings. He can use
various dharmas to transform the different realms of beings.
The Buddha thoroughly knows where all paths lead.
thought completely exhausts the three periods.
completely reveal and manifest
All eons, living beings,
times, and lands in the ten directions.
This verse describes the wisdom power of knowing where all
paths lead, also known as the wisdom power of traveling to
all destinies If the path you cultivate is pure and free
from defiled dharmas, you will
quickly attain enlightenment. If you cultivate impure,
defiled dharmas, then you cannot leave suffering and attain
happiness, nor can you become enlightened. Since the Buddha
understands all this, the text says: The Buddha thoroughly
knows where all paths lead. If you want to leave suffering
and attain happiness, you must cultivate pure dharmas. If
you have no wish to leave suffering and gain happiness, you
can simply follow along with defiled dharmas. The Buddha has
the wisdom to know where all paths and practices lead.
One thought completely exhausts the three periods. The
past, present, and future can completely be manifested in
the space of a single thought. Not only that, but he can
completely reveal and manifest /
All eons, living beings, times, and lands in the ten
directions. The Buddha can instruct living beings and enable
them to perceive and understand these kinds of states.
His power of dhyana concentration and
His samadhi and expedient means are the same way.
The Buddha manifests for beings' sakes and makes
Cleansing away the darkness of their afflictions.
His power of dhyana concentration and liberation is
boundless. Dhyana, a Sanskrit word, is translated to mean
"thought cultivation" and "stilling reflection." Liberation
implies freedom and ease; the absence of all restraints.
The Buddha has the wisdom power of dhyana, liberation, and
samadhi and the power of this wisdom is measureless and
boundless. His samadhi and expedient means are the same way.
The power of his samadhi and expedient means is also
The Buddha manifests for living
beings' sakes and makes them happy, / Cleansing away the
darkness of their afflictions. The Buddha uses the water of
wisdom to cleanse away living beings' gloomy afflictions.
These gloomy afflictions refer to greed, anger, and
delusion. Greed, angel, and delusion are nothing but
affliction! Once these afflictions are washed away, living
beings return to their original source.
The Buddha's unhindered wisdom encompasses
the three periods.
In a kshana they appear completely in his pores.
The Buddhadharma, countries, and living beings
All manifest by the power of knowing upon reflection.
This verse describes the eighth of the Buddha's Ten
Powers, the power of knowing past
lives upon reflection. The Buddha knows all the events and
conditions of living beings' past lives. This is basically
the spiritual power of the knowledge of past lives.
The Buddha's unhindered wisdom encompasses the three
periods. The Buddha's wisdom is unimpeded There is nothing
he does not understand. He knows everything in the past, the
present, and even the future. In a kshana they appear
completely in his pores. In a brief instant he can manifest
the causes and conditions of the three periods of time right
in his pores. The Buddhadharma, all the Buddhas and how they
turn the Dhamma wheel and speak
the Dharma, all the Buddhas' countries, and living beings/
by the wisdom power of knowing past lives
The Buddha's eyes are as vast as space.
They see the entire
Dharma realm without missing anything.
On the ground of nonobstruction, he achieved peerless functioning.
Only the Buddha can expound on the measurelessness of his eyes.
This verse describes the wisdom power of the
unobstructed heavenly eye, also known as the wisdom power of
the unobstructed Buddha eye. The Buddha's eyes are as vast
as space. The Buddha eye is one of the Five Eyes. Here, the
Buddha's eyes "includes all kinds of eyes. The Buddha's eyes
are huge to the point of being boundless Think about how
huge that is. You cannot even see the boundaries of these
eyes. They are as immense as empty space. This line refers
to the Buddha's wisdom eyes being as great at space.
They see the entire Dharma realm without missing anything.
The Buddha can see everything throughout empty space to the
end of the Dharma Realm. Not only that, but the Buddha can
see all the thoughts of living beings. He knows what any
given living being is thinking at any time.
On the ground of nonobstruction, he achieved peerless
functioning. When the Buddha was on the causal ground, he
cultivated the Dharma door of nonobstruction. As a result,
his functioning is incomparable. Only the Buddha can expound
on the measurelessness of his eyes. Only the Buddha is able
to express and attain this state of having eyes endowed with
such measurelessly great functioning and power.
Every living being is bound by knots
As well as all derivative afflictions and habits.
The Tathagata appears everywhere in the world
And eradicates them all by means of expedients.
This verse speaks of the wisdom power of freedom from
outflows. The Buddha has the wisdom to help living beings
attain freedom from outflows and become Buddhas. Since the
Buddha himself has already put an end to outflows and
realized Buddhahood he can teach and transform living beings
to do the same. Every living being is bound by knots. These
knots are the karmic obstacles and offenses they have
created. These knots keep them from being liberated. What
keeps them tied up? Their karmic obstacles. Originally, they
were pure. When they created karma and became defiled, they
lost the light of wisdom and were left in the dark. They are
obstructed by karmic obstacles as well as all derivative
afflictions and habits. The knots refer to karmic obstacles
of the present. Derivative afflictions are seeds planted in
the field of the eighth consciousness. These are seeds for
the future creation of karma Habits refer to things you have
become accustomed to doing in life after life.
Here are some simple examples of habits. Sometimes
smokers manage to quit smoking, but once in a while their
former habit comes back and they get the urge to smoke
again. In that case, their habit still has some energy left
Some people quit drinking, but still often fantasize or
dream about drinking These are leftover habit-energies. They
have not pulled their habits out by the roots.
There are gamblers who vow to quit gambling, but then
always find an excuse to go back and visit the casinos.
These are all examples of leftover habits.
Greed, anger, delusion, and pride are also habits. The
Buddha's disciple, Kalodayin, "Black Light," was one with
the leftover habit of greed. People with the habit of anger
can be compared to Shariputra. Although Shariputra had great
wisdom, he also had a big temper. People with the habit of
stupidity are like Suddhipanthaka, who, even after becoming
enlightened still had the appearance of a fool because of
his habitual stupidity which carried over from the past.
Pilindavatsa had the habit of arrogance. His tremendous
conceit was a carry-over from past lives.
The Tathagata appears everywhere in the world, / And
eradicates them all by means of expedients. Using expedient dharmas, the Buddha gets rid of living beings' habits.
<To be continued>