Through countless eons,
the Buddha cultivated oceans of practices.
offerings to oceans of Buddhas in the ten directions.
transforms and liberates oceans of beings, who become
Enlightened Honored Ones of universal illumination.
Through countless eons, the Buddha cultivated
oceans of practices. Limitless eons in the past, the Buddha set his
mind on cultivation. He has cultivated so many dharma doors for such a
long period of time that they can be called oceans of practices. Making
offerings to oceans of Buddhas in the ten directions. What was the main
dharma door that he practiced? It was making offerings to the Buddhas
of the ten directions. He used his body, mouth, and mind to make all
kinds of offerings. With his body he revered and bowed to the Buddhas.
With his mouth he praised the Buddhas’ inconceivable merit and virtue.
And with his mind he constantly reflected upon the Buddhadharma. That
was how he made offerings to the Triple Jewel with his body, mouth, and
In making offerings to the Buddha, you must have
no anger on your face. If you have no temper, then you are making an
offering. If your mouth is free from anger, it will give off a wondrous
fragrance. If your mouth doesn’t utter angry words—if it doesn’t engage
in harsh speech, backbiting, idle chatter, or false speech—then you
make the offering of a wondrous fragrance. If your mind is devoid of
anger, then you are offering a true jewel, a real treasure, to the
Buddhas. The basic thing to remember about making offerings is to have
no anger. If you have a temper, then it prevents you from making an
He teaches and liberates oceans of beings. After
becoming a Buddha, the Buddha wants to teach and transform beings.
Since there are limitlessly many of them—as numerous as motes of
dust—they are referred to as oceans of beings. Although there are so
many of them, the Buddha wants to teach and transform all the oceans of
beings, who become Wonderfully Enlightened Honored Ones of universal
illumination. All beings are led to become Buddhas, World Honored Ones,
who illuminate the entire Dharma Realm.
appear from his pores.
radiance lights up the ten directions.
ripe for teaching become enlightened.
strive for bodhi, pure and unhindered.
Clouds appear from his pores. From each pore of
the Buddha, infinite numbers of clouds appear by transformation. Their
radiance lights up the ten directions. / Those ripe for teaching become
enlightened. All those who should receive the Buddha’s teaching are led
to develop wisdom and become deeply awakened. They strive for bodhi,
pure and unhindered. The light and the reward they attain is pure and
Buddha traveled to all destinies,
Teaching and nurturing beings, helping them mature.
So boundless are his spiritual powers and self-mastery.
That in one thought he brings them to liberation.
The Buddha traveled to all destinies. In the past,
the Buddha also went around and around in the six paths of the wheel of
rebirth. He did this for the sake of teaching and nurturing beings,
helping them mature. / So boundless are his spiritual powers and
self-mastery. The Buddha has innumerable and immeasurable spiritual
powers and self-mastery. That in one thought he brings them to
liberation. In a single thought, the Buddha can enable infinite numbers
of beings to be liberated.
The bodhi tree with its wondrous mani gems
Has a myriad
ornaments most sublime.
In its shade, the
Buddha realized Proper Enlightenment
And shone with a
magnificent, universal resplendence.
The bodhi tree with its wondrous mani gems, / Has
a myriad ornaments most sublime / And shone with a magnificent,
universal resplendence. The bodhi tree, the king of trees, is adorned
with mani gems and all kinds of precious and rare jewels. After
becoming a Buddha, while seated at the foot of the tree, the Buddha
gave forth a magnificent light that shined throughout the world and the
thunderous roar resounds in the ten directions,
As he everywhere preaches the Dharma of still quiescence.
Catering to beings’ wishes and delights,
He employs various expedients to help them understand.
His thunderous roar resounds in the ten
directions. The Buddha’s voice is extremely loud—his booming roar can
be heard throughout the worlds of the ten directions, as he everywhere
preaches the Dharma of still quiescence, speaking the Dharma of Nirvana
for all beings. Catering to beings’ wishes and delights, their hopes
and dreams, he employs various skillful expedients to enlighten them
and help them understand.
Buddha has cultivated the paramitas to perfection,
As numerous as the dustmotes in a thousand lands.
He has fully achieved all the powers.
All of you should go and make obeisance.
Within the light, another verse was spoken: The
Buddha has already cultivated the paramitas to perfection, the dharmas
for reaching the “other shore,” as numerous as the dustmotes in a
thousand lands. / He has fully achieved all the powers—various powers
such as the Buddha’s Ten Powers. All of you should go and make
obeisance to the World Honored One, Shakyamuni.
of the Buddha, numerous as the dustmotes in a land,
Joyfully gather from the ten directions.
Having rained down clouds of offerings,
They are now before the Buddha, eagerly gazing upward.
Disciples of the Buddha, all of the worthy sages,
mumerous as the dustmotes in a land, / Joyfully gather from the ten
directions. They were so happy they jumped for joy and came to the
Buddha’s bodhimanda under the bodhi tree. Having rained down various
kinds of clouds as offerings to Shakyamuni Buddha, before the Buddha’s
Vajra Jeweled Seat, they now intently gaze upon him, bowing and paying
reverence to the Buddha.
sound from the Thus Come One is limitless.
He can proclaim the Sutras as deep as the mighty ocean.
He rains wondrous Dharma everywhere, in response to beings’ minds.
You ought to go see that Doubly Perfect Honored One.
One sound from the Thus Come One is limitless.
When Shakyamuni, the World Honored One, speaks the Dharma with a single
sound, limitless beings each understand it according to their capacity.
One sound disperses into infinite sounds; infinite sounds come from a
single sound. The Buddha’s sound transforms into infinite sounds, and
he can proclaim the Sutras, “tallying texts,” whose wondrous meanings
are as deep as the mighty ocean.
The Buddha is now under the bodhi tree speaking
Dharma. He rains inconceivably wondrous Dharma everywhere, in response
to beings’ minds. He speaks the Dharma that beings wish to hear. You
ought to go see that Doubly Perfect Honored One, Shakyamuni Buddha, who
is perfect in both blessings and wisdom. He is a fertile “field of
blessings” in which beings can plant blessings. All of you
Bodhisattvas, disciples of the Buddha, and worthy sages should quickly
go to see him.
Does anyone have questions? A disciple’s question
Shr Fu: …I have no idea. When we handle things, it
must be based on the idea of the assembly. I don’t want to give
opinions on how things should be done, because this is a democratic
country. I can’t put on the air of a teacher and then force people to
do things in a certain way. Moreover, we’re praying for World Peace. In
doing this first we must have peace within ourselves. What does this
mean? We must be free from the fire of ignorance, i.e. temper. Free of
hatred, delusion and greed. When we smash these three poisons within
ourselves, then there is real peace. We have no troubles whatsoever.
Therefore, whoever is going to Seattle, should
have peace within your own self. Even though you can’t attain the state
where everything is okay, you should work towards that goal. Don’t pray
for peace outside and have no peace inside. For instance, those who are
doing the Three Steps One Bow pilgrimage, long ago had said inside of
them it was very, very peaceful. This is their experience. We are going
there in order to help them pray for peace, so we shouldn’t cause lots
of non-peaceful things and trouble. …On the other hand you can do
anything that is beneficial to people. Investigate this for yourselves.
To be continued