believe and accept his words, forgetting their initial
resolve. They offer up their lives, feeling they have obtained
something unprecedented. They are all beguiled and confused
into thinking he is a Bodhisattva. As they pursue his ideas,
they break the Buddha’s moral precepts and covertly indulge
their greedy desires.
Those people believe and accept his words. When they hear
him speaking such principles, they say, “That makes sense:
Fathers beget sons, and the sons in turn beget their sons,
generation after generation. That’s the permanent and
indestructible Dharma body. That’s actually the way it is.”
They all believe it, forgetting their initial resolve. They
lose their former proper outlook and proper thought. Their
faith in the demon king is far stronger than their faith in
the proper Dharma. When demon kings and heterodox sects tell
them what to do, they don’t dare disobey. When a true teacher
tells them to do something, they waver between doubt and
belief. The demon king confuses them with its demonic power so
that they believe whatever it says.
If you told a demon king to lecture on this Sutra, he would
not do it. Why not? As soon as he did, his true identity would
be exposed. That’s why I said that if you asked certain people
in America who falsely claim to be experts in the Buddhadharma
to explain this Sutra, they wouldn’t dare do it. They are
afraid of being exposed.
They offer up their bodies and lives to the demon king,
feeling they have obtained something unprecedented. They are
all beguiled and confused into thinking he is a Bodhisattva.
They are truly pitiable. They think the demon is a
Bodhisattva. As they pursue his ideas, studying with the demon
and learning his magic, they no longer maintain, but instead
break, the Buddha’s moral precepts and covertly indulge their
greedy desires. They secretly indulge in lust.
He is fond of
saying that the eyes, ears, nose, and tongue are the Pure
Land, and that the male and female organs are the true place
of Bodhi and Nirvana. Ignorant people believe these filthy
How terrible this demon king is! He is fond of saying that
the eyes, ears, nose, and tongue, body, and mind are the Pure
Land. “You don’t have to look anywhere else for the Dharma
door of the Pure Land,” he tells them. “It’s just the six
sense faculties.” And he also says that the male and female
organs are the seeds of Bodhi—the true place of Bodhi and
Nirvana. Can you imagine speaking like that? Ignorant people
believe these filthy words. People without any knowledge or
wisdom say, “Oh? I’ve never seen or heard anything like this
before. So that’s what Bodhi and Nirvana are!” With total
disregard for their own lives, they race along the road to
death for all they are worth. They believe in such impure
This is a
poisonous ghost or an evil paralysis ghost that in its old age
has become a demon. It disturbs and confuses the good person.
But when it tires of doing so, it will leave the other
person’s body. Then both the disciples and the teacher will
get in trouble with the law.
This is a poisonous ghost or an evil paralysis ghost, also
known as a kumbhanda ghost, that in its old age has become a
demon. It disturbs and confuses the good person who cultivates
samadhi. But when it tires of doing so, it will leave the
other person’s body. Then both the disciples and the teacher
will get in trouble with the law. The authorities intervene
and impose restrictions upon the disciples and the teacher.
They are arrested and imprisoned.
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You should be
aware of this in advance and not get caught up in the cycle of
transmigration. If you are confused and do not understand, you
will fall into the Relentless Hells.
You should be aware of this well in advance and not get
caught up in the cycle of transmigration. Don’t fall into the
demon king’s snare. If you are confused and do not understand,
you certainly will fall into the Relentless Hells.
To be continued