door of the universal, equal treasury on the Ground of
stillness harmonize and do not conflict.
The states of
the Buddhadharma are all equal.
He can expound
on what the Buddha has purified.
In the door of the universal, equal treasury of the Dharma
Realm on the Ground of Invincibility. One takes the Dharma
Realm as one’s door. This Fifth Ground is said to be
invincible because none of the previous grounds surpass it.
Movement and stillness harmonize and do not conflict. Why is
this ground invincible? Because movement and stillness follow
each other. Movement does not hinder stillness; stillness does
not hinder movement. Movement is stillness, and stillness is
movement. Movement and stillness are not mutually
contradictory. Ordinary people perceive movement as movement
and stillness as stillness. To them, these two are opposites.
On the Ground of Invincibility, however, these two qualities
are the same. They are nondual. Moving is the same as being
The states of the Buddhadharma are all equal. All
Buddhadharmas and all states of being are equal. He can
expound on what the Buddha has purified. The Bodhisattva can
explain the Dharma doors cultivated by the Buddha. He can
represent the Buddha in speaking the Dharma and teaching
cultivating the ground of the wisdom sea,
understands all Dharma doors.
appearing in lands like empty space,
this Dharma sound at the tree.
cultivating all practices, from the greatest to the minutest,
he reaches the ground of the wisdom sea. His wisdom is as
great as the ocean. Due to his extensive cultivation, he
pervasively understands all the 84,000 Dharma doors. He is One
of Proper and Pervasive Knowledge. Having successfully
cultivated all Dharma doors, he is capable of universally
appearing in all Buddhas’ lands throughout the ten directions
like empty space. In each land, he proclaims this Dharma sound
at the Bodhi tree. In every land throughout the ten
directions, there is a Bodhi tree. At the base of each Bodhi
tree, he expounds upon the Dharma that he himself cultivated,
using it to teach and transform all living beings so that they
attain this Dharma as well.
pervades the Dharma realm and empty space.
His wisdom lamp
universally shines upon beings.
means brings about purity.
traveling afar is now proclaimed for all.
Ground of Traveling Afar, his Dharma body pervades the Dharma
realm and equals empty space. His wisdom lamp
universally shines upon the Dharma Realm and all its living
beings. Since the Bodhisattva on the Ground of Traveling Afar
has a Dharma body pervading empty space, the light of his
wisdom shines upon living beings everywhere. Every expedient
means brings about purity. Every expedient Dharma door helps
living beings turn away from defilement towards purity, to
attain a pure Dharma body. His past traveling afar is now
proclaimed for all. Now the Bodhisattva can proclaim for all
living beings the Ground of Traveling Afar which he cultivated
He is adorned by
all vows and practices,
measureless seas of lands.
He cannot be
moved by discriminations.
ground is proclaimed in full.
He is adorned by
all vows and practices. Cultivators of the Bodhisattva Way
cannot go without vows. Having made vows, they must not
retreat from them; they can only advance. If you retreat from
your vows, your spiritual skill will not come to realization.
Originally, you would have realized Buddhahood very quickly,
but if you retreat, it will take a long time. To retreat from
vows is to be lazy. All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the past
came to realization by means of vows. Thus, the Bodhisattva is
adorned by all vows and practices. The Unmoving Ground is
reached through vows. In cultivating, we must make resolute,
far-reaching vows, not short-term ones. Then we must cultivate
in life after life according to those vows.
All the Bhikshus at Gold Mountain Monastery have made vows.
Some have retreated from and forgotten their vows after two
and a half or three days, however. This indicates their lack
of resolve to cultivate. It also indicates their wish to
return to lay life. If they retreat from their vows, they
might as well return to lay life.
All of you must clearly recognize your goals. Once you make
your vows, you should not change them. If you make a vow
knowing that you will follow it for only three days, you are
heading for the hells. The Buddha was pure throughout
measureless seas of lands. With blessings and merit adorned by
vows and practices, he caused measureless seas of lands to be
He cannot be moved by discriminations. Discriminations
cannot sway him. He is thus and unmoving, with clear and
constant understanding. This peerless ground is proclaimed in
full. Nothing is more wonderful than the Unmoving Ground.
Therefore, it is now being discussed in its
states arise from spiritual powers.
into Dharma teachings brings the power of light.
This is the pure
Ground of Wholesome Wisdom.
throughout seas of eons are completely
Measureless states arise from
spiritual powers. There are too many states to count. These
spiritual penetrations facilitate skillful entry into Dharma
teachings, which brings the power of light. All the Dharma and
teachings are skillfully expounded, so that living beings
understand them and attain the power of wisdom light.
This is the pure Ground of Wholesome Wisdom, the Ninth
Ground, at which one attains the pure original substance.
Practices throughout seas of eons are completely revealed. To
attain the state of the Ninth Ground, one must cultivate for
an innumerable, ocean-like amount of time. Now, all these
practices that the Buddha cultivated in the past are
completely explained for living beings.
The vast Dharma
Cloud of the Tenth Ground
everything in space.
The states of
all Buddhas are expressed in sound.
Such a sound
comes from the Buddhas’ awesome spiritual
The vast Dharma Cloud of the Tenth
Ground. This is the tenth and last ground, the Ground of the
Dharma Cloud. The Dharma Cloud signifies the vastness of the
Dharma. It pervades and encompasses everything in space. The
Dharma Cloud pervades all of space, and space contains
everything that there is. The inconceivable states of all
Buddhas in the ten directions and the three periods of time
are expressed in the inconceivable Dharma sound of the Ground
of the Dharma Cloud. Such a Dharma sound comes from the
ten-directions’ Buddhas’ awesome spiritual power.
At that time,
the Bodhisattva Mahasattva named Bright Banner of Wholesome
Courage received the Buddha’s awesome spirit, contemplated the
sea of all the multitudes in the Way-place, and spoke the
beings are in the assembly.
minds of faith and understanding are pure.
They can all
awaken to and enter the Tathagata’s wisdom
fathom all states of adornment.
At that time,
the great Bodhisattva Mahasattva named Bright Banner of
Wholesome Courage received the Buddha’s awesome spirit,
contemplated the sea of all the multitudes in the Way-place,
and spoke the following verses:
Countless living beings are in the Dharma assembly where
the Buddha speaks the Dharma. Their various minds of faith and
understanding are pure. The benefits that various kinds of
living beings receive are different, but they all attain pure
faith and understanding. They can all awaken to and enter the
Tathagata’s wisdom. They all understand the Buddha’s wisdom
and thoroughly fathom all the Buddha’s states of
To be continued