Manjushri, the Tathagata is also like this. Through
the use of the powers of dhyana samadhi and wisdom, he has
gained the Dharma country and is king of the three realms.
Still, the demon kings refuse to submit. The Tathagata’s
generals, the worthy ones and sages, do battle with them. He
is delighted with those who are successful. He speaks the
Sutras for the four assemblies, causing their hearts to
rejoice. He confers upon them the dhyana concentrations, the
liberations, the roots and powers free from outflows, and all
the wealth of the Dharma. He further bestows upon them the
city of Nirvana, telling them that they have realized
quiescence. He guides their thoughts, causing them all to
rejoice. But he does not speak the Dharma Flower
Manjushri, the Tathagata is also like
this. I, Shakyamuni Buddha, am like the wheel-turning sage
king. Through the use of the inconceivable powers of dhyana
samadhi and wisdom, he has gained the country of the
unsurpassed, wonderful Dharma and is king of the three realms.
Within the desire realm, form realm, and formless realm, he is
the Dharma King. The Buddha is the Dharma King, and is at ease
within the Dharma. He is endowed with great wisdom, great
knowledge, and the true Dharma.
Still, although the Buddha has attained
the unsurpassed, wonderful Dharma and is the Dharma King, the
king of the three realms, the demon kings refuse to submit.
They won’t surrender. They don’t want to meekly
The Tathagata’s generals, the worthy ones
and sages, do battle with them. The Tathagata leads all the
generals, those of the Great Vehicle, the Two Vehicles, and
the Three Vehicles, to engage in battle with the demon kings.
This is what our monthly journal Vajra Bodhi Sea does. By
publishing the journal, we are also doing battle with the
demon kings. We wish to protect the genuine Buddhadharma, and
those with phony credentials are thus being
He is delighted with those who are
successful. There are those who earn merit by defeating the
demon kings. That makes the Buddha happy. He speaks the Sutras
for the four assemblies, the Bhikshus, Bhikshunis, Upasakas,
and Upasikas. He may speak the Agamas, the Vaipulya, or the
Prajna Teachings. He may speak the Storehouse Teaching, the
Connected Teaching, or the Special Teaching. He may speak the
Sudden, or the Gradual, the Secret, or the Unfixed Teachings.
He expounds the doctrines in the Sutras for all living beings,
causing their hearts to rejoice. He confers upon them the
merits of dhyana concentrations, the virtue of the
liberations, the wisdom of non-outflows, the five roots and
five powers free from outflows, and all the wealth of the
Dharma. The five roots are the root of faith, the root of
vigor, the root of mindfulness, the root of concentration, and
the root of wisdom. Once the five roots come forth, they
generate five kinds of powers with the same names. The Buddha
bestows all this wealth of Dharma upon all living
He further bestows upon them the city of
Nirvana. Why is Nirvana likened to a city? Because it can ward
off the attacks of enemies, that is, the demon kings, and they
will have no way to destroy your Nirvana.
He tells them that they have already
realized quiescence. He guides their thoughts, causing them
all to rejoice. He guides the minds of living beings, filling
them with delight.
Yet he holds back and does not speak this
wonderful Dharma. He does not speak the Wonderful Dharma Lotus
Flower Sutra. Just as the wheel-turning king’s precious crown
jewel cannot be given away casually, so too, the Dharma Flower
Sutra cannot be explained casually.