and every one of the world leaders manifested such clouds of
offerings and rained them upon the oceanic multitudes in the
Thus Come One’s bodhimanda, covering them all.
Each and every one of the world leaders manifested such
clouds of offerings as mentioned earlier and rained them upon
the oceanic multitudes in the Thus Come One’s bodhimanda,
covering them all. No one was left out.
Just as each and every world leader
in this world was delighted and made offerings in this way, so
too, in all worlds in the Flower Treasury Adorned Sea of
Worlds, all the world leaders made offerings in the same way.
In each of those worlds, a Thus Come One was seated in a
bodhimanda. Each and every world leader had his individual
faith and understanding.
Just as each and every world leader in this world was
immensely delighted and made offerings to the Buddhas in this
way, so too, in all the infinite worlds in the Flower Treasury
Adorned Sea of Worlds, all the world leaders made offerings in
the same way. In other words, in every world the king of every
country saw a Buddha realizing Buddhahood in his country, and
created these clouds of offerings.
In the Flower Treasury Sea of Worlds, all the world leaders
resolved to present to the Buddha the vast clouds of offerings
mentioned previously. In each of those infinite worlds, a Thus
Come One was seated in a bodhimanda beneath the bodhi tree,
where he realized Proper Enlightenment.
Each and every world leader had his individual faith and
understanding…Each king and leader gave rise to deep faith and
understanding of the Buddhadharma, thus gaining three
1. The benefit of hearing. Upon hearing the Buddha’s words,
they understood the principles behind them and grew in faith
2. The benefit of reflection. Upon
hearing the Buddha’s words, they pondered the principles
conveyed through language.
3. The benefit of
a. Cultivation of practices. By cultivating
various practices of samadhi, we can realize sagehood.
Cultivation of Dharma. By cultivating in accord with the
Dharma, we become filled with Dharma joy. The Dharma involves
faith, vows, and practice.
c. Cultivation of the fruition.
Through cultivation, we can understand the principles and
realize the fruition of sagehood.
d. Cultivation of
benefits. Through cultivating, we attain various
e. Cultivation of conversion. We can change from
being ordinary people and become sages.
f. Cultivation of
sameness. The dharma doors that we understand and awaken to
are the very same ones that past Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and
g. Cultivation of the ultimate. We must
cultivate to the utmost point.
1) Cultivation of ultimate
great compassion. Through cultivating great compassion to the
utmost point, we can enter the Buddha’s state and can benefit
all sentient beings, thereby achieving the virtue of
2) Cultivation of ultimate great wisdom. We can
enter the Buddha’s power of wisdom, at which point we will
gain incomparable compassion and wisdom, thereby realizing the
Buddha’s virtue of wisdom.
3) Cultivation of ultimate
freedom and ease. We can eliminate all obstacles, and our mind
and environment will be characterized by freedom and ease. In
fact, the mind and environment are nondual. We will achieve
the Buddha’s virtue of severance; in other words, we will
realize all the Buddha’s passages into liberation.
In each world, every leader obtained the benefits of
hearing, reflection, and cultivation.
[Each world leader had] individual conditions, individual
expedient passages into samadhi, individual practices of
dharmas that aid the Way, individual accomplishments,
individual happiness, individual inclinations, individual
enlightenment and understanding of dharma doors, individual
entry into the states of the Thus Come One’s spiritual
penetrations, individual entry into the states of the Thus
Come One’s powers, and individual entry into the Thus Come
One’s passages into liberations.
Just as it
was in this Flower Treasury Adorned Sea of Worlds, so it was
in all seas of worlds in the ten directions to the ends of the
Dharma Realm and space.
The preceding passage stated that each world leader had his
own faith and understanding. Having developed faith and
understanding, each was guided by his own individual
conditions in cultivation. Moreover, every world leader
cultivated his own individual expedient passages into samadhi.
Every king and leader undertook individual practices of
dharmas that aid the Way. They did all sorts of good deeds
that generated merit to aid their cultivation. Since they
cultivated their own dharma doors, they also had individual
accomplishments. Each leader’s accomplishments caused him to
experience individual happiness. Every leader followed his
individual inclinations to delve more deeply into his dharma
door. Having entered deeply, they experienced individual
enlightenment and understanding of their own dharma doors. The
wonderful functioning of spiritual powers they attained from
cultivation made possible their individual entry into the
states of the Thus Come One’s spiritual penetrations, their
individual entry into the states of the Thus Come One’s powers
of wisdom, and their individual entry into the Thus Come One’s
passage into liberations. These passages into liberation
signify the Buddha’s virtue of severance. Having severed all
afflictions, he attained liberation.
Just as it was in this Flower Treasury Adorned Sea of
Worlds, it was the same in all seas of worlds in the ten
directions to the ends of the Dharma Realm and space. It was
the same in all those worlds. All the world leaders formed
clouds of offerings and finally entered the Thus Come One’s
passages into liberation.
the Flower Adornment Oceanic Assembly,
Its jeweled treasury
of spiritual literature
Has sutra-rolls the size of a great
in a single atomic particle,
broken open by this very person.
Then flowers rain down in
And the Dharma Realm is everywhere
In the Flower Adornment Oceanic Assembly, which is endless
and inexhaustible, Its jewelled treasury of spiritual
literature—This sutra is a jeweled treasury of spiritual
literature. Anyone who recites this sutra will derive merit
and benefit. The effort will not be in vain. One will
certainly gain advantages.
This sutra has sutra-rolls the size of a great
trichiliocosm, which can fit in a single atomic particle,
which is broken open by this very person. One can take a knife
and cut open this particle, then take out the sutra. Who can
do this? You can, if you know how. Then you will understand
the principles in the Flower Adornment Sutra.
Then celestial mandarava flowers rain down in profusion, as
in the line from the Great Compassion Repentance, “Jeweled
flowers rain down in profusion from the heavens.”
And the Dharma Realm is everywhere permeated with
fragrance. Sentient beings throughout the Dharma Realm are
permeated with and can smell the Dharma-fragrance and merit of
the Flower Adornment Sutra. It is not the Dharma Realm that
smells the but the sentient beings within the Dharma Realm.
The Dharma Realm is a location, with no nature of its own.
This concludes the explanation of Chapter One of the Flower
To be continued