Throughout the lands of the Dharma Realm,
In every single mote of dust,
The Thus Come One, by his power of liberation,
Universally manifests his body.
Throughout the Buddhalands of the ten directions
of the Dharma Realm, / In every single mote of dust, / The Thus Come
One, by his inconceivable power of liberation / Universally manifests
his body. In each dustmote, he can make appear limitless lands with
Buddhas speaking Dharma in them.
Dharma body is the same as space,
Unhindered and lacking differentation.
The physical body resembles a reflection,
Assuming various images and forms.
The Buddha’s Dharma body is the same as space,
formless and invisible, unhindered and lacking differentiation. / The
physical body resembles a reflection or shadow constantly following the
body wherever it goes, assuming various images and forms.
reflection, without a location,
Is insubstantial, like the void.
Only one of tremendous wisdom
Can fathom its impartial nature.
The reflection, without a location, / Is
insubstantial, like the void. The reflection has no fixed place. It
appears in the minds of those beings that have affinities. The Buddha’s
Dharma body is like space, with no form or substance of its own. Only
one of tremendous wisdom / Can fathom its impartial nature. Only a
Bodhisattva can understand the principle of level equality.
Buddha’s body cannot be apprehended.
Unborn and uncreated,
It appears in response to all beings,
Yet remains impartial like the void.
The Buddha’s body cannot be apprehended. / Unborn
and uncreated. The Buddha’s body cannot be grasped, nor can it be
renounced. It neither comes nor goes. It is not born, and does not die.
It cannot be said to be new or old, and so it is uncreated. You can’t
say, “Before there was an old one, and now we’re making a new one.” It
appears in response to all beings. The Buddha manifests a body and
teaches beings according to their type and their dispositions, yet
remains impartial like the void. He treats all beings equally.
the Buddhas of the ten directions
Completely enter a single pore
And display spiritual powers.
The wisdom eye thus perceives.
All the Buddhas of the ten directions / Completely
enter a single pore of the Buddha, and display spiritual powers— / The
wisdom eye thus perceives. Only a Bodhisattva with the wisdom eye can
observe this kind of state.
Pervade the Dharma Realm.
Perpetually, in all lands
He turns the unsurpassed wheel.
Vairochana Buddha’s vows. Vairochana is the pure
Dharma body Buddha. His name means “Pervading All Places.” His vows
pervade the Dharma Realm. Vairochana Buddha has the greatest vow power.
There is not one place in the Dharma Realm that was not brought into
being by the power of Vairochana Buddha’s vows. Beings with whom he has
affinities will definitely be saved. Perpetually, in all lands in the
ten directions of the Dharma Realm, he turns the unsurpassed Dharma
wheel. He constantly speaks Dharma to teach beings.
single pore displays spiritual transformations
And all Buddhas speaking in unison.
Even passing through limitless eons,
None of this will reach its end.
A single pore displays spiritual powers and
transformations. Although a pore is tiny, it can contain the entire
Dharma Realm, and all Buddhas speaking in unison. All the Buddhas in
the ten directions of the Dharma Realm are there, speaking Dharma at
the same time. Even passing through limitless eons / None of this will
reach its end. Even going through an immeasurable length of time, one
could not know when they would finish speaking the Dharma.
the bodhimanda of this world of four continents, by the Buddha’s
spiritual power, Bodhisattvas as numerous as the dustmotes in a hundred
million seas of worlds came to gather from each of the ten directions.
You should know that it was the same way in the bodhimandas in every
world of four continents in all the seas of worlds.
In the bodhimanda of this world of four
continents, by the Buddha’s spiritual power, Bodhisattvas as numerous
as the dustmotes in a hundred million seas of worlds came to gather
from each of the ten directions. One world of four continents contains
one sun, one moon, and one Mount Sumeru. On the four sides of Mount
Sumeru are four continents, hence the term “world of four continents.”
A bodhimanda is a place for cultivating the Way.
The ten directions are the upper and lower
directions; the four cardinal directions—north, south, east, west; and
the four intermediate directions—northeast, northwest, southeast and
All those Bodhisattvas, as numerous as the
dustmotes in a hundred million seas of worlds, came to assemble at the
bodhimanda of Shakyamuni Buddha. They all came to the Saha World to
draw near Shakyamuni Buddha under the bodhi tree.
You should know that it was the same way in the
bodhimandas in every world of four continents in all the seas of
worlds. There are a hundred million seas of worlds in each of the ten
directions, and each sea of worlds contains many, many worlds of four
continents. In all the bodhimandas in every one of those worlds,
Bodhisattvas as numerous as dustmotes went to gather.
Chapter Three : universal worthY’S samadhi
In the Great Means Expansive Buddha Flower
Adornment Sutra, Universal Worthy Bodhisattva is a most important great
Bodhisattva. You all know who he is, that he rides a six-tusked white
elephant, and if any being recites his name, he will appear before that
being and cross that being over. His Samadhi means the concentration he
cultivates and the benefits he obtains from it. This is the third
chapter of this sutra. “The Wondrous Adornments of the Rulers of the
Worlds” is Chapter One, “The Manifestations of the Thus Come Ones’” is
Chapter Two, and ”Universal Worthy’s Samadhi” is Chapter Three.
that time, Universal Worthy Bodhisattva Mahasattva, who was seated upon
a lion’s throne of a treasury of lotus blossoms before the Thus Come
One, received the Buddha’s spiritual power and entered samadhi.
At that time, Universal Worthy Bodhisattva
Mahasattva, a great Bodhisattva among Bodhisattvas, who was seated upon
a lion’s throne of a treasury of lotus blossoms before the Thus Come
One, Shakyamuni Buddha, received the Buddha’s awesome spiritual power.
See how when all the Bodhisattvas pronounce verses, or speak Dharma or
do or say anything, they indicate that they are receiving the Buddha’s
spiritual power. They don’t say they receive their own spiritual power.
Why do they need to say they receive the Buddha’s spiritual power? It’s
because Bodhisattvas have not yet become Buddhas and are called
“Surpassed Knights,” for above them are the Buddhas. The Buddhas are
called “Unsurpassed Knights,” for there is no one higher than a Buddha.
Since Bodhisattvas have not yet reached the position of a Buddha, in
everything they say and do, they base themselves upon the Buddha, which
is why they say they receive the Buddha’s spiritual power. The Buddha
helped him, and so he entered a particular samadhi, a kind of
samadhi is called the seed body of a Thus Come One, which all Buddhas
have in common, that is Vairocana. It is universal entry into identity
with all Buddhas and the ability to display a multitude of images
throughout the Dharma Realm.
That samadhi is called the seed body of a Thus
Come One, which all Buddhas have in common, that is Vairocana. It is
the samadhi of the Tathagata-seed body of Vairocana (“Pervading All
Places”) Buddha, which means to be the same as Vairocana Thus Come One.
It is universal entry into identity with all Buddhas. This means one
pervasively enters into being of the same nature with all Buddhas, and
this samadhi represents the ability to display a multitude of images
throughout the Dharma Realm. To the ends of space and the Dharma Realm,
one is able to manifest images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Hearers, and
Sages Enlightened by Conditions (Pratyekabuddhas).
To be continued