“They always delight in deep wisdom and have no obstacles. They also always
delight in the Dharmas of all Buddhas. With single-minded vigor they
seek supreme wisdom.”
They always delight in deep wisdom. What they like
is profound and far-reaching great wisdom and great knowledge. They
have no obstacles. Why don’t they have any obstacles? Because they have
wisdom. Why do you, as a person, meet with situations that you cannot
see through and cannot put down? You have obstacles. Of obstacles,
there are (1) the obstacle of afflictions and (2) the obstacle of what
is known. With the obstacle of what is known, you think, “I know more
than you.” That’s an obstacle. “I understand more than you do.” That’s
also an obstacle. The obstacle of what is known is the fiercest
obstacle. The obstacle of afflictions is very obvious, and so people
quite easily recognize it.
There’s also (3) the obstacle of karma: When one’s
karmic obstacles overtake one, one cannot take care of oneself. Perhaps
one goes insane, or some other unusual thing happens. That’s one’s
karmic-obstacles propelling one, oppressing one, and causing all kinds
of matters that are not in accord with the Dharma to occur. There’s
also (4) the obstacle of retribution, that is, the retributions one
The obstacle of afflictions, the obstacle of
karma, and the obstacle of retribution all hinder one, but the worst is
the obstacle of what is known. Before you knew, there was no obstacle.
As soon as you know a lot, obstacles arises. You become arrogant. For
instance, before you began to study the Buddhadharma, you didn’t have
this obstacle. But after studying the Buddhadharma for a few years, you
think, “I know a lot more Buddhadharma than you do.” With that, you
give rise to an obstacle. To begin with, we study in order to become
free of obstacles, but many who study end up getting this obstacle.
These Bodhisattvas have no obstacles. No obstacles
at all. It’s said, “Everything you enter into goes favorably.”
Everything goes your way. Everything makes you happy. “Favorably” means
you are very pleased. No matter what causes and conditions, no matter
what the situation, you are always very happy. They also always delight
in the Dharmas of all Buddhas. They always want to study and practice
all Dharmas—all the Buddhas’ Dharmas—with single-minded vigor. They
don’t think about anything else. They are of one mind. What is that
mind about? They seek supreme wisdom. They want to obtain the highest,
most supreme, most ultimate wisdom: the knowledge and wisdom of a
Buddha. That is ultimate wisdom.
that time the World Honored One, wishing to restate this meaning, spoke
Then, at that time, Shakyamuni World Honored One,
concerned that living beings might still not understand this principle
or that they hadn’t heard it clearly, wishing to restate this meaning,
spoke verses to reiterate.
you should know,
All these Great Bodhisattvas,
For countless eons,
Have cultivated and practiced the Buddha-wisdom.
Shakyamuni Buddha uses verses to answer again the
question asked by Ajita Bodhisattva. He says, “Ajita, ‘Invincible,’ you
should know, / All these Great Bodhisattvas, who are now welling forth
from the earth, for countless eons—from uncountable great kalpas in the
past to the present time—have cultivated and practiced the
Buddha-wisdom. In every kalpa, life after life, time after time, they
have been developing the Buddhas’ wisdom, seeking the unsurpassed
wisdom of the Buddhas.
To be continued