At that time the World
Honored One, wishing to restate the meaning, spoke verses
If one wishes to speak this Sutra
rid himself of envy, anger, and arrogance,
His practice should be honest and
He should not ridicule others
speak lightly of the Dharma,
Nor cause them to have
By telling them they shall not obtain Buddhahood.
When this disciple of the Buddha speaks the Dharma,
ever gentle, agreeable, and patient,
And never slack in his efforts.
Bodhisattvas of the ten directions
Take pity on the
multitudes and so practice the Way.
He should bring forth
a heart of reverence,
Thinking, “These are my great
With regard to all the Buddhas, World Honored
He should think of them as his supreme fathers.
He should break through all thoughts of arrogance
then speak the Dharma without obstacle.
Such is the third
Which the wise ones should always guard.
the single-minded happily-dwelling conduct,
revered by limitless multitudes.
At that time the World Honored One, Shakyamuni Buddha,
wishing to restate the meaning, spoke verses saying: If one
wishes to speak this Sutra, if a great Bodhisattva who
cultivates the Bodhisattva path wishes to speak the
Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra, he should rid himself
of envy, anger, and arrogance; he should get rid of
jealousy, anger, and pride, flattery and deceitful thoughts.
He should not flatter the rich or tell lies. He should not
harbor such improper thoughts. His practice should be honest
and straightforward in speech and action, not deceptive or
crooked. The straight mind is the Bodhimanda.
He should not ridicule others, make fun of them, look down
on them, or speak lightly of the Dharma, / Nor should he
cause them to have doubts about the Buddha Way, by telling
them they shall not obtain Buddhahood, by saying, “You won’t
become a Buddha. You are too lazy and sloppy.” You must not
torment them in this way.
When this disciple of the Buddha, the Bodhisattva, speaks
the Dharma, / He is ever gentle, agreeable, and patient,
donning the Tathagata’s robes, compassionate towards all
living beings, entering the Tathagata’s Room and never slack
in his efforts.
The great Bodhisattvas of the ten directions / Take pity on
the multitudes and so practice the Bodhisattva Way. / He
should bring forth a heart of reverence towards the
Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas of the ten directions, thinking,
“These are my great teachers.” What kind of contemplation
does he make? He thinks of these Bodhisattvas as the very
best teachers he can have. What about the Buddhas? With
regard to all the Buddhas, World Honored Ones, / He should
think of them as his supreme fathers, his greatly
compassionate fathers. He should break through all thoughts
of arrogance and pride. And then speak the Dharma without
obstacle. When he speaks any kind of Dharma, he should be
free of obstructions.
Such is the third dharma—the happily-dwelling conduct of
the mind. It is a Dharma which the wise ones should always
guard. Those with wisdom rely on these methods in their
practice and protect the happily-dwelling conduct. With the
single-minded cultivation of the happily-dwelling conduct, /
One is revered by limitless multitudes. Limitless living
beings will revere and respect this Bodhisattva who
cultivates the Bodhisattva Way.
To be continued