Further, Manjushri, the Bodhisattva Mahasattva who,
in the future Ending Age when the Dharma is about to become
extinct, upholds the Dharma Flower Sutra, should give rise to
thoughts of great kindness for those at home and those who
have left home. He should give rise to thoughts of great
compassion for those who are not Bodhisattvas. He should
think, “People like this are missing a great deal. Although
the Tathagata speaks the Dharma expediently and appropriately,
they do not hear, know, or awaken to it. They do not inquire
into it, believe it, or understand it.
Shakyamuni Buddha continues speaking to
Wonderfully Auspicious Bodhisattva: Further, Manjushri, the
Bodhisattva Mahasattva who, in the future Ending Age when the
Dharma is about to become extinct, upholds the Dharma Flower
Sutra should give rise to thoughts of great kindness for those
at home and those who have left home. Wonderfully Auspicious,
if there is a great Bodhisattva who cultivates the Bodhisattva
conduct and who receives, upholds, reads, and recites the
Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra in the Dharma-ending Age
of the future, he should have thoughts of great kindness and
compassion for Upasakas, Upasikas, Bhikshus, and Bhikshunis.
Kindness makes living beings happy. He should give rise to
thoughts of great compassion for those who are not
Bodhisattvas. Towards those who are not Buddhist and even
those who slander Buddhism, he feels great compassion.
Compassion pulls beings out of suffering which they are
undergoing because of the offenses they have
He should contemplate and think in this
way: “People like this are missing a great deal. The benefits
they are missing are tremendous. They are taking the greatest
loss. The Tathagata speaks the Dharma expediently and
appropriately. According to the wishes and intent of the
people he meets, the Buddha speaks the Dharma. If he meets a
Great Vehicle person, he speaks the Dharma of the Great
Vehicle. If he meets a Small Vehicle person, he speaks the
Dharma of the Small Vehicle. As it is said, The Buddha speaks
the Dharma with one sound;
Living beings understand it
according to their kind.
Living beings are different, yet they all
in their own way understand what a Buddha speaks. Although the
Buddha speaks in that way, there are people with offenses who
do not wish to study the Buddhadharma. They do not hear, know,
or awaken to it. Why don’t they hear the Buddhadharma or know
about it? Why don’t they study the Dharma or awaken to it?
It’s because they do not inquire into it, believe, or
understand it. They don’t understand and they don’t ask
questions from those who do understand. They don’t believe and
they have no intention of understanding the Buddhadharma.
People like that suffer the greatest loss.
Although these people do not inquire
into, believe, or understand this Sutra, still, when I obtain
anuttarasamyaksambodhi, wherever they happen to be, I will use
the power of spiritual penetrations and the power of wisdom to
lead them to abide within this Dharma.
Although these people do not inquire into
and ask about the wonderful principles of the Dharma Flower
Sutra, or believe the wonderful principles of the Dharma
Flower Sutra, or understand this Sutra, still, when I obtain
anuttarasamyaksambodhi,” vows the great Bodhisattva who is
cultivating the Bodhisattva Way, “when I attain the
Unsurpassed, Proper and Equal, Right Enlightenment, wherever
they happen to be, I will use the power of spiritual
penetrations and the power of wisdom to lead them to abide
within this Dharma.” I will welcome and lead those who do not
ask, do not believe, and do not understand and enable them
through the use of my spiritual powers and the strength of my
wisdom to dwell in this wonderful Dharma.
To be continued