Entering the Dharma Realm Part 1
At that time, the World Honored One was at the Kingdom of Shravasti, in the Jeta Grove, in the Garden of the Benefactor of Orphans and the Solitary, inside the great, towering pavilion, together with a gathering of five hundred Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas, Universal Worthy Bodhisattva and Manjushri Bodhisattva as leaders of the assembly.
Bright Flame Banner Bodhisattva,
Sumeru Banner Bodhisattva,
Jeweled Banner Bodhisattva,
Unobstructed Banner Bodhisattva,
Flower Banner Bodhisattva,
Leaving Filth Banner Bodhisattva,
Sun Banner Bodhisattva,
Wonderful Banner Bodhisattva,
Leaving Dust Bodhisattva,
Universal Light Banner Bodhisattva,
Earth Awesome Might Bodhisattva,
Jeweled Might Bodhisattva,
Great Might Bodhisattva,
Vajra Might Wisdom Bodhisattva,
Leaving Filth Might Bodhisattva,
Proper Dharma Sun Might Bodhisattva,
Meritorious Virtue Mountain Might Bodhisattva,
Wisdom Light Reflection Might Bodhisattva,
Universal Auspicious Might Bodhisattva,
Earth Treasury Bodhisattva,
Empty Space Treasury Bodhisattva,
Lotus Treasury Bodhisattva,
Jeweled Treasury Bodhisattva,
Sun Treasury Bodhisattva,
Pure Virtue Treasury Bodhisattva,
Dharma Seal Treasury Bodhisattva,
Brightness Treasury Bodhisattva,
Navel Treasury Bodhisattva,
Lotus Virtue Treasury Bodhisattva,
Good Eyes Bodhisattva,
Pure Eyes Bodhisattva,
Leaving Filth Eyes Bodhisattva,
Unobstructed Eye Bodhisattva,
Universal Seeing Eyes Bodhisattva,
Good Contemplating Eyes Bodhisattva,
Blue Lotus Flower Bodhisattva,
Vajra Eyes Bodhisattva,
Jeweled Eyes Bodhisattva,
Eye of Emptiness Bodhisattva,
Happy Eyes Bodhisattva,
Universal Eyes Bodhisattva,
Heavenly Crown Bodhisattva,
Universally Illumining the Dharma Realm Wisdom Crown Bodhisattva,
Way-place Crown Bodhisattva,
Universally Illumining the Ten Directions Crown Bodhisattva,
All Buddhas’ Treasury Crown Bodhisattva,
Transcending All the Worlds Crown Bodhisattva,
Universally Illumining Crown Bodhisattva,
Indestructible Crown Bodhisattva,
Maintaining All Thus Come One’s Lion Throne Crown Bodhisattva,
Universally Illumining the Dharma Realm and Emptiness Crown Bodhisattva,
Brahma King Cowl Bodhisattva,
Dragon King Cowl Bodhisattva,
All Transformation Buddhas’ Light Cowl Bodhisattva,
Way-place Cowl Bodhisattva,
Sounds of All the Ocean-like Vows Jeweled King Cowl Bodhisattva,
All Buddhas' Light Mani Cowl Bodhisattva,
Manifesting All of Emptiness' Level Marks Mani King Adorned Cowl Bodhisattva,
Manifesting All Thus Come Ones’ Spiritual Transformations Mani King Banner Net Draped Cowl Bodhisattva,
Emitting All the Sounds of Buddhas Turning the Dharma Wheel Cowl Bodhisattva,
Speaking All Names and Sounds of the Three Periods of Time Cowl Bodhisattva,
Great Light Bodhisattva,
Leaving Filth Light Bodhisattva,
Jeweled Light Bodhisattva,
Leaving Dust Light Bodhisattva,
Flaming Light Bodhisattva,
Dharma Light Bodhisattva,
Still and Quiet Light Bodhisattva,
Sun Light Bodhisattva,
Self-Mastery Light Bodhisattva,
Heavenly Light Bodhisattva,
Blessings and Virtue Banner Bodhisattva,
Wisdom Banner Bodhisattva,
Dharma Banner Bodhisattva,
Spiritual Penetrations Banner Bodhisattva,
Light Banner Bodhisattva,
Flower Banner Bodhisattva,
Mani Banner Bodhisattva,
Bodhi Banner Bodhisattva,
Brahma Banner Bodhisattva,
Universal Light Banner Bodhisattva,
Brahma Sound Banner Bodhisattva,
Mountains Clanging Together Sound Bodhisattva,
Pervading All Sounds of the Dharma Realm Bodhisattva,
Shaking All Dharma Seas Thunderous Sound Bodhisattva,
Subduing Demon Sound Bodhisattva,
Great Compassion Expedient Cloud and Thunderous Sound Bodhisattva,
Quelling All Worlds' Sufferings Comforting Sound Bodhisattva,
Dharma Ascended Bodhisattva,
Utmost Superior Bodhisattva,
Wisdom Superior Bodhisattva,
Meritorious Virtue Sumeru Superior Bodhisattva,
Meritorious Virtue Coral Superior Bodhisattva,
Renown Superior Bodhisattva,
Universal Light Superior Bodhisattva,
Great Kindness Superior Bodhisattva,
Wisdom Sea Superior Bodhisattva,
Buddha Seed Superior Bodhisattva,
Light Victory Bodhisattva,
Virtuous Victory Bodhisattva,
Superior Victory Bodhisattva,
Universal Brightness Victory Bodhisattva,
Dharma Victory Bodhisattva,
Moon Victory Bodhisattva,
Empty Space Victory Bodhisattva,
Jeweled Victory Bodhisattva,
Banner Victory Bodhisattva,
Wisdom Victory Bodhisattva,
Sala Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Dharma Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Elephant Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Brahma Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Mountain Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Multitude Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Swift Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Still and Quiet Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Non-Moving Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Strength Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva,
Most Superior Self-Mastery King Bodhisattva
Still and Quiet Sound Bodhisattva,
Unobstructed Sound Bodhisattva,
Earth Shaking Sound Bodhisattva,
Ocean Shaking Sound Bodhisattva,
Cloud Sound Bodhisattva,
Dharma Light Sound Bodhisattva,
Empty Space Sound Bodhisattva,
Proclaiming All Living Beings' Good Roots Sound Bodhisattva,
Manifesting the Sound of All Great Vows Bodhisattva,
Way-place Sound Bodhisattva,
Sumeru Light Enlightenment Bodhisattva,
Empty Space Enlightenment Bodhisattva,
Leaving Defilement Enlightenment Bodhisattva,
Unobstructed Enlightenment Bodhisattva,
Good Enlightenment Bodhisattva,
Universal Illumining the Three Periods Enlightenment Bodhisattva,
Vast Great Enlightenment Bodhisattva,
Universal Bright Enlightenment Bodhisattva,
Dharma Realm Light Enlightenment Bodhisattva.
These Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas, five hundred in all, were Bodhisattvas who had accomplished Universal Worthy's conduct and vows. Their states were unobstructed, because they universally pervaded all Buddha kshetras. They manifested measureless bodies, because they drew near to all Thus Come Ones.
Their pure eyes were unobstructed, because they beheld all of the Buddha's spiritual transformations. They went to limitless places, because they forever traveled to where all Thus Come Ones accomplished Proper Enlightenment.
Their light was boundless, because their wisdom light universally illumined all the seas of actual dharmas. They spoke Dharma without exhaustion, because they had inexhaustible pure eloquence throughout boundless kalpas. They were equal to the realm of empty space, because their conducts of wisdom were all purified.
They had no reliance whatsoever, because they accorded with living beings' minds in manifesting form bodies. They had destroyed the cataract of stupidity, because they realized that the realm of living beings had no living beings. They had wisdom which was equal to empty space, because their great brightness illumined the Dharma Realm.
There was also a gathering of five hundred Sound Hearers in the assembly. All of who had enlightened to the truth. They had certified to the reality limit, and deeply entered the Dharma nature. They had forever left the seas of existence. Relying upon the Buddha's merit and virtue, they had separated from the bondage of the knots and servants, and dwelt in the place of non-obstruction. Their minds were still and quiet, like empty space. At all the Buddha's places, they had cut off doubt and delusion. With regard to the sea of the Buddha's wisdom, they profoundly believed and entered.
There was also a gathering of measureless world rulers, who had made offerings to measureless Buddhas. They could always benefit all living beings, and act companions that did not need to be asked. They forever diligently guarded their vows and never forsook them. They entered into the worlds' supreme doors of wisdom and were born from the Buddha's teachings. They protected the Buddha's Proper Dharma and gave rise to great vows to never let the Buddha's seeds be cut off.
At that time, all the Bodhisattvas, the greatly virtuous Sound Hearers, the kings of the world and their retinue all had this thought:
The Thus Come One’s practices of wisdom, the Thus Come One’s aids, the Thus Come One’s powers, the Thus Come One’s fearlessness, the Thus Come One’s samadhis, the Thus Come One’s dwellings, the Thus Come One’s masteries, the Thus Come One’s bodies, the Thus Come One’s wisdoms are such that in all worlds, all the gods and humans cannot penetrate them, cannot enter them, cannot believe and comprehend them, cannot understand them, cannot accept them, cannot contemplate them, cannot select them, cannot explain them, cannot proclaim them clearly, cannot enable living beings to understand them, except by the power of the Buddha's aids, the power of the Buddha's spiritual penetrations, the power of the Buddha's awesome virtue, the power of the Buddha's original vows, the power of good roots from previous lives, the power of having been gathered in by all good knowing advisors, the power of deep and pure faith, the power of great understanding, the power of tending toward the pure mind of Bodhi, and the power of great vows to seek All-Wisdom.
We only wish that the World Honored One will accord with us and all living beings with our various desires, various understandings, various wisdoms,various languages, various senses of self ease, various grounds of dwelling, various purities of faculties,various expedients of intentions, various states of minds, various reliances on the Thus Come One’s merit and virtue, various hearings and receptions of the dharmas, and show us how the Thus Come One sought the mind of All-Wisdom in the past, how he brought forth the great vows of a Bodhisattva in the past, how he purified all the paramitas in the past, how he entered the grounds of Bodhisattvahood, how he perfected Bodhisattva conduct he perfected in the past, how he accomplished expedients he accomplished in the past, how he cultivated the different paths in the past, how he obtained the dharmas of liberation in the past, how he wrought all spiritual penetrations in the past, what the causes and conditions of his deeds in the past were, how he accomplished Equal, Proper Enlightenment and turned the wonderful Dharma Wheel, how he purified the Buddha countries and subdued living beings;how he opened up the city of the dharma of All-Wisdom, how he entered into the dwelling of all living beings, how he accepted what all living beings gave, how he explained for all living beings the merit and virtue of giving, how he reflected for all living beings the images of all Buddhas. We wish that you, the Buddha, would speak all of these dharmas for us.
At that time the World Honored One, knowing the thoughts in the Bodhisattvas' minds, used great compassion as his body, great compassion as his door, great compassion as his head, and the dharmas of great compassion as his skill-in-means. He completely pervaded empty space, and entered the Lion's Sprint Samadhi. Upon entering this samadhi, all worlds became universally adorned and purified. The great, adorned towering pavilion suddenly expanded in length and breadth until it was boundless.
Vajra made up its ground. Regal jewels covered it over, and measureless jeweled flowers and all mani were universally scattered within it, abundant and overflowing everywhere. Vaidurya served as its pillars, inlaid with multitudes of jewels and was adorned with great light mani jewels. It was studded over with jambunada gold, and as-you-will gem kings were spread on top as adornments. There were tall towers juxtaposed, with turrets and walkways branching out from all sides.
There were pillars and houses supporting each other, and inter-reflecting windows and doors. The courtyards, porches and railings, all were replete and resplendently ornamented with wonderful jewels. These jewels were in the shapes of human and gods, they were solid, firm and wonderfully fine, foremost in the world. Mani jeweled nets were draped on top of them.
At the doorways were erected banners and streamers, all emitting bright light, which pervaded the Dharma Realm. Outside of the Way-place were stairways, balustrades and railings, their number measureless. None of which could be described, and none that were not completely fashioned of mani.
At that time, due to the Buddha's spiritual powers, the Jeta Grove suddenly became vast, so that its measure was equal to Buddha lands, which were as numerous as the dustmotes in ineffable Buddha kshetras.
It was adorned and interspersed with wonderful gems of all kinds. Ineffable gems covered its earth, asamkhyeyas of jewels served as its walls, and jeweled tala trees adorned its pathways. In between were measureless fragrant streams, brimming with fragrant waters, rapidly flowing, ringed and whirling.
The jeweled flowers swirled to the right, and spontaneously proclaimed the sounds of the Buddha-dharma. Inconceivable jeweled pundarika flowers, emitted profuse fragrance, lacing the water's surface. Variegated jeweled trees in blossom were planted in rows along the shores.
All sorts of pavilions and arbors, all inconceivable, were also arranged in lines on these shores, and were covered over by mani-jeweled nets. Asamkhyeyas of jewels adorned the ground. Multitudes of wonderful incense were burning, pervading the atmosphere. Moreover, there were erected measureless jeweled banners of all kinds, such as jeweled fragrance banners; jeweled cloth banners; jeweled banners; jeweled silk banners; jeweled flower banners; jeweled beaded banners; jeweled garland banners; jeweled bell banners; great mani jeweled banners; bright and pervasively illuminating mani jeweled banners; emitting the sounds of all Thus Come Ones’ titles mani king banners; lion mani king banners; speaking of all Thus Come Ones’ sea-like former lives mani king banners; manifesting all the images of the Dharma Realm mani king banners. All of these pervaded the ten directions and were arranged in rows of adornments.
At that time within the Jeta Grove in empty spaces, there were inconceivable clouds of heavenly palaces; measureless tree clouds; ineffable Sumeru Mountain clouds; ineffable music clouds emitting fine and wonderful sounds in praise of the Thus Come One; ineffable jeweled lotus clouds; ineffable jeweled throne clouds arranged with heavenly garments upon which sat Bodhisattvas who praised the Buddha's merits and virtue. There were also ineffable mani clouds in the image of all the heavenly kings; ineffable clouds of white true pearls; ineffable clouds full of adorning pavilions of red pearls; ineffable solid pearl clouds raining down vajra, all of which hovered in empty space, circulating and filling it as adornments.
Why was it this way? Because the Thus Come One’s good roots are inconceivable.
Because the Thus Come One’s pure dharmas are inconceivable.
Because the Thus Come One’s awesome strength is inconceivable. Because the Thus Come One’s ability to transform and change his one body at ease and pervade all worlds is inconceivable. Because the Thus Come One’s ability to use spiritual penetrations to cause all Buddhas and Buddha countries to become adorned and enter into his own body is inconceivable.
Because the Thus Come One’s ability to within one single dustmote, universally manifest all the images of the Dharma Realm is inconceivable. Because the Thus Come One’ ability within one single hairpore to manifest all Buddhas of the past is inconceivable.
Because the Thus Come One’s ability to emit light at any time, and to have each light pervasively illumine all worlds is inconceivable. Because the Thus Come One’s ability within a single hairpore to emit clouds of transformations, which are as many as the dustmotes in all Buddha kshetras and which fill up all Buddha-lands is inconceivable. Because the Thus Come One’s ability within one single hairpore to universally manifest all the worlds of the ten directions, going through the kalpas of formation, dwelling and disintegration is inconceivable.
Just as in this Jeta Grove, in the Garden of the Benefactor of Orphans and the Solitary where one could see the Buddha-lands become purified and adorned, so too in the ten directions throughout the Dharma Realm, the realm of empty space, and all world realms, this could also be seen.
That is to say, seeing the Thus Come One’s body dwelling in the Jeta Grove, which was completely pervaded by the multitudes of Bodhisattvas; seeing clouds that universally rained down all precious light and illumination; seeing clouds that universally rained down all mani gems; seeing clouds that universally rained down all adorned canopies that covered over the Buddha kshetras; seeing clouds that universally rained down all the bodies of heavenly gods; seeing clouds that universally rained down all flowers and trees; seeing clouds that universally rained down all trees of garments; seeing clouds that universally rained down all jeweled garlands and beads continuously without stop, and which pervaded all of the great earth; seeing clouds that universally rained down all sorts of adorned instruments; seeing clouds of all fragrance that universally rained down in the shape of living beings; seeing clouds that universally rained down all subtle and wonderful jeweled flower nets continuously without cease; seeing clouds that universally rained down all heavenly maidens, who, holding up jeweled banners and streamers, floated about within empty space; seeing clouds that universally rained down all the multitudes of jeweled lotus flowers, the petals of which naturally gave forth all sorts of musical sounds; seeing clouds that universally rained down all lion thrones adorned with jeweled nets and necklaces.
At that time in the east, beyond seas of worlds as numerous as dustmotes in ineffable Buddha kshetras, was another world called Golden Lamp Cloud Banner. The Buddha's title was Vairochana Supreme Virtuous King.
Within that Buddha's assembly was a Bodhisattva called Vairochana's Vow Light, who together with Bodhisattvas as numerous as dustmotes in ineffable Buddha kshetras, came to the Buddha's place. Using their spiritual powers, they conjured up all sorts of clouds. That is to say, heavenly flower clouds, heavenly fragrance clouds, heavenly powdered incense clouds, heavenly garland clouds, heavenly jeweled clouds, heavenly adorned objects clouds, heavenly jeweled canopy clouds, heavenly subtle and wonderful garment clouds, heavenly jeweled banner and streamer clouds, and heavenly clouds of all wonderful jeweled adornments, which filled up all of empty space. After coming to the Buddha's place, he bowed at the Buddha's feet, and thereupon to the east transformationally created a jeweled adorned towering pavilion and a jeweled lotus treasury lion throne that universally illumined the ten directions. With an as-you-will jeweled net that covered his body, and together with his retinue, he sat in full lotus.
In the south, beyond seas of worlds as numerous as dustmotes in ineffable Buddha kshetras, was another world called Vajra Treasury. The Buddha's title was Universal Light Unsurpassed Treasury King. Within that Buddha's assembly was a Bodhisattva called Indestructible Vajra King, who together with Bodhisattvas as numerous as the dustmotes in ineffable Buddha kshetras, came to the Buddha's place. They were holding all sorts of jeweled fragrance nets, holding all sorts of jeweled necklaces, holding all sorts of jeweled flower ribbons, holding all sorts of jeweled garland ribbons, holding all sorts of vajra necklaces, holding all sorts of mani jeweled nets, holding all sorts of jeweled garment ribbons, holding all sorts of most supreme brightness mani ribbons, holding all sorts of lion mani jeweled necklaces. Using their spiritual powers, they pervaded all the seas of worlds. After coming to the Buddha's place, he bowed to the Buddha's feet, and thereupon to the south transformationally created a towering pavilion adorned with mani jewels and a jeweled lotus flower treasury Lion's Throne that universally illumined the ten directions. With a many-flowered jeweled net covering his body, and together with his retinue, he sat in full lotus.
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