Buddhas’ magnificent voice
Is heard throughout the Dharma Realm.
Bodhisattvas can know and understand,
And skillfully enter the ocean of sounds.
The Buddhas’ magnificent voice / Is heard
throughout the Dharma Realm. The Buddha doesn’t need to use a
microphone, because his voice carries throughout the Dharma Realm, and
all beings can hear him speaking Dharma. Bodhisattvas can know and
understand the realm of the Buddhas, and skillfully enter the ocean of
sounds. They can understand and accept the wondrous Dharma that the
oceans of eons, he utters wondrous sounds,
His voice impartial and undiscriminating.
Those whose wisdom penetrates the three periods,
enter the realm of his sound.
For oceans of eons, he utters wondrous sounds, /
His voice impartial and undiscriminating. For limitless ages, the
Buddha continuously proclaims the wonderful Dharma. His speaking of
Dharma is impartial and undiscriminating, like rain falling from the
skies and moistening all beings, allowing them to each receive as much
rain as they need. Those whose wisdom penetrates the three periods, who
understand why the past is past, the present is present, and the future
is future, enter the realm of his sound. Those whose wisdom penetrates
the past, present, and future without obstruction can enter the state
of the Dharma spoken by the Buddha.
What is the daily work of all Buddhas,
Bodhisattvas, Hearers, and Those Enlightened to Conditions? First of
all, they constantly dwell in and cultivate samadhi. Secondly, they
always recite sutras in order to cultivate wisdom. “Do Buddhas still
have to cultivate samadhi and wisdom?” you ask. Although the Buddhas
have basically perfected their samadhi and wisdom, they still increase
them a little bit daily. The Buddhas enter into samadhi in every place
throughout space and the Dharma Realm, and they recite the sutras and
mantras at all times. For example, Buddhas as many as the sands in
ninety-nine hundred million Ganges rivers attained Buddhahood through
cultivating the dharma door of the Great Compassion Mantra. Now we are
also cultivating it. Eighty-four thousand Vajra Treasury Bodhisattvas
made vows to protect the Shurangama Mantra. And all Buddhas and
Bodhisattvas recite it constantly.
When Buddhism first spread to China, there were
some people with “wild wisdom” who were so “smart” that they didn’t
recite the Buddha’s name or any mantras. They didn’t do ceremonies or
bow to the Buddha, either. They were just like certain people nowadays
who say, “What’s the use of reciting sutras or bowing to the Buddha?”
They considered these useless. They mixed up good and evil, saying,
“What’s wrong with falling into the hells? I don’t want to go to the
heavens anyways. I don’t want to become a Buddha. I’d rather be a
hungry ghost. Being a hungry ghost and being a Buddha are just the
same.” Since they harbored wrong views of that sort, none of them went
to the Buddha Hall to do the ceremonies. They were lazy bums who ended
up in the hells, as hungry ghosts, and as animals. Some clear-sighted
wise advisors, seeing what was going on, thought, “This is too
dangerous. We can’t let this go on.” And so they set forth the morning
and evening ceremonies as the minimum requirements for cultivation.
That’s how the morning and evening ceremonies came to be.
Now there are some misguided people who are
telling people in America that it’s not necessary to do the morning and
evening ceremonies. They say, “All you have to do each day is eat and
sleep. Now don’t you think it’s wonderful?” You should realize that if
you have it wonderful now, it won’t be so wonderful in the future.
sound that beings make
And the Buddhas’ sovereign sound—
One can understand them all,
Upon gaining the wisdom of sound,
Every sound that beings make, / And the Buddhas’
sovereign sound. The Buddha speaks the Dharma with a single voice, and
beings understand it according to their kind. When the Buddha speaks
Dharma in every being’s language, every being can understand it. That
is to say, the Buddha can speak the languages of all beings. The sound
of the Buddha speaking Dharma is a sound of self-mastery. Every being,
no matter what kind of being it is, hears it and obtains self-mastery.
One can understand them all,/ Upon gaining the wisdom of sound. Upon
hearing the sound of the Buddha’s Dharma, beings attain wisdom with
regard to languages. With the wisdom of languages, all beings can
understand and deeply enter the Dharma that the Buddha speaks.
one ground one attains to the next,
Until one dwells in the ground of the powers.
Diligently cultivating for billions of eons,
One obtains dharmas such as these.
From one ground one attains to the next. From the
First Ground, one can attain to the states of all the rest of the
grounds, until one dwells on the ground of the powers—the ground of the
Buddha’s Ten Powers, which is the position of Buddhahood. Diligently
cultivating for billions of eons, cultivating at all times without
getting lazy or retreating, one obtains dharmas such as these.
Diligently cultivating the Way for such a long time, one is able to
understand all dharmas and attain All-Wisdom. One obtains the
inconceivable dharmas described previously.
in the assembly’s midst, another Bodhisattva Mahasattva named Wisdom’s
Lamp Universally Shining received the Buddha’s awesome spiritual power,
contemplated the ten directions, and spoke a verse.
Then in the assembly’s midst, in the assembly
convened upon the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, another
Bodhisattva Mahasattva named Wisdom’s Lamp Universally Shining received
the Buddha’s awesome spiritual power, contemplated the ten directions
of the Dharma Realm, and spoke a verse.
Thus Come Ones
Remain detached from appearances.
One who understands this Dharma
Sees the guiding teachers of the world.
All Thus Come Ones of the past, present, and
future remain far detached from the myriad appearances. For the
Buddhas, there are no appearances, and yet nothing lacks an appearance.
One who understands this Dharma / Sees the guiding teachers of the
world. One who understands the state of the Buddhas will truly see the
World Honored Ones.
Their wisdom light shining everywhere,
Are capable of knowing all Buddhas’
Free and independent nature.
Bodhisattvas in samadhi, abiding in proper
concentration, their wisdom light shining everywhere throughout all
worlds, are capable of knowing all Buddhas’ states and their free and
independent nature. They know that the Buddhas, who have attained great
self-mastery, firmly abide in reality.
the Buddha’s true body,
One awakens to the profound Dharma.
Contemplating all dharma realms,
One takes birth wherever one wishes.
Seeing the Buddha’s true body, / One awakens to
the profound Dharma. If you understand the Buddha’s true substance and
appearance, which is free and at ease, neither possessing an appearance
nor lacking one, you will comprehend the Buddha’s deeply profound
Dharma. Contemplating all dharma realms, / One takes birth wherever one
wishes. You can be born anywhere in the Dharma Realm, according to your
from the ocean of blessings,
He dwells upon the ground of wisdom.
Observing all dharmas,
He cultivates the supreme Path.
Born from the ocean of blessings, / He dwells upon
the ground of wisdom. The Buddha abides in the stage of wisdom.
Observing all dharmas, / He cultivates the supreme Path. He cultivates
the most superior dharma door.
To be continued