You should be vigorous and of one mind.
For I wish to speak about this matter.
Hold no doubts or regrets—
The wisdom of the Buddhas is inconceivable.
Bring forth, now, the power of faith,
And abide in patience and goodness,
For the Dharma which from of old has never been heard,
You are now about to hear.
I am comforting you now,
So have no doubt or fear.
The Buddhas never speak falsely,
And their wisdom cannot be measured.
That foremost Dharma they have gained
Is extremely profound, beyond discerning.
As such, it should now be explained,
And you should single-mindedly listen.
Bring forth, now, the power of faith. All of you
in the Great Assembly should get hold of the strength of your faith and
abide in patience and goodness. You should concentrate on the paramita
of patience and do the good deeds born of patience. Set your minds on
For the Dharma which from of old has never been
heard. You have never heard this Dharma before. It’s only now that you
will hear this Wonderful Dharma. You are now about to hear it. Earlier
I spoke expedient, provisional Dharma-doors. I did not speak actual
Dharma for you to hear. Now I want to speak the inconceivable,
Wonderful Dharma for you. You will all be able to hear it. I am
comforting you now. I want to comfort all of you; you should become
single-minded and vigorous. Bring forth a firm resolve to listen to
this Dharma. So have no doubt or fear. You should not have doubts. You
should not become frightened. The Buddhas never speak falsely. The
Dharma that the Buddhas speak is true, actual and not false. Now is the
time to open up the provisional and reveal the actual, to disclose the
near and reveal the far. I’m going to speak the inconceivable Wonderful
Dharma for you to hear. The Buddhas never say anything that isn’t so.
You should bring forth faith.
And their wisdom cannot be measured. Buddhas speak
true and actual words and the Buddhas’ wisdom is incalculable. There is
no way to say how much wisdom a Buddha has. That foremost Dharma they
have gained. The Buddhas have obtained the Number One Wonderful Dharma.
The Wonderful Dharma for accomplishing Buddhahood is extremely
profound, beyond discerning. It is especially deep, utterly profound.
There is no way to determine how deep it is; it is beyond discerning.
As such, it should now be explained, this inconceivable Wonderful
Dharma cannot be discriminated. This is the time to explain it. And you
should single-mindedly listen. All of you in the Great Assembly,
including all of you Bodhisattvas, should become single-minded and
listen to this Wonderful Dharma.
World Honored One, having recited those verses, then said to Maitreya
Bodhisattva, “I now, in this great assembly, make this announcement to
all of you: Ajita! These incalculable asamkhyeyas of Great Bodhisattvas
Mahasattvas, who have welled forth out of the earth and whom you have
never seen before, are those whom I taught, transformed, and guided in
this Saha world after I attained Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. I tamed and
subdued the minds of these Bodhisattvas, causing them to bring forth
the resolve for the Way.”
Then, Shakyamuni Buddha, The World Honored One,
finished speaking those verses, and having recited those verses, then
said to Maitreya Bodhisattva, “Maitreya Bodhisattva, I will now tell
you. I now, in this great assembly, make this announcement to all of
you Great Bodhisattvas. Ajita! Pay attention to what I am about to tell
you. These Great Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas, who issued forth from
beneath the earth, are incalculable asamkhyeyas—one knows not how
many—in number.” “Asamkhyeya” is translated as “an incalculable
number.” Now there are incalculable numbers of incalculable
numbers of Bodhisattvas who have welled forth out
of the earth. You have never seen so many Bodhisattvas as these before,
right? Now I will tell you. “In this Saha World,” refers to the world
that we are “able to endure,” the world “full of a myriad evils.” It is
also known as the world where a myriad sufferings merge together. After
I attained Anuttarasamyaksambodhi, the unsurpassed, proper and equal,
right enlightenment, I taught, transformed, and guided these
Bodhisattvas, and pointed out the Way to them, leading and guiding
them. I tamed and subdued the minds of these Bodhisattvas. I caused
those with afflictions to be without afflictions. I caused those with
ignorance to be without ignorance. I caused those with delusions like
dust and sand to get rid of their delusions like dust and sand. Those
with view delusions and thought delusions also got rid of those view
and thought delusions, the delusions like dust and sand, and ignorance.
I tamed and subdued their minds, causing them to bring forth the
resolve for the Way. I have caused them all to decide to cultivate the
Way and to be resolved to practice the Bodhisattva Way. They have been
brought to accomplishment through my previous teaching and transforming.
To be continued