Avatamsaka Sutra: Volume 2: The Wonderful Adornments of the Leaders of the World, the 2nd section by Thomas Cleary
Volume 2: The Wonderful Adornments of the Leaders of the World, the 2nd section
At that time the oceanic hosts at the Buddhas site of enlightenment had assembled: the unlimited types and species were all around the Buddha, filling everywhere. Their forms and companies were each different. From wherever they came, they approached the world honored one, wholeheartedly looking up to him. These assembled masses has already gotten rid of all afflictions and mental defilements, as well as their residual habits. They had pulverized the mountains of multiple barriers, and perceived the Buddha without obstruction. They were like this because Vairochana Buddha in past times, over oceans of aeons, cultivating the practices of enlightening beings, had received them and taken care of them with the four saving practices of generosity, kind words, beneficial action, and cooperation, and while planting roots of goodness in the company of each Buddha in those eons, had already taken good care of them and had taught and developed them by various means, establishing them on the path of omnipotence, where they sewed innumerable virtues, gained great merits, and had all entered completely into the ocean of skill in liberative means and undertaking of vows. The actions they carried out were fully pure, and they had well embarked on the way to emancipation. They always saw the Buddha, clearly illuminated, and by the power of supreme understanding, entered into the ocean of the qualities of Buddhahood. They found the doors of liberation of all Buddhas, and roamed freely in spiritual powers.
That is to say, Ocean Of Subtle Flames, a King of a Heaven of Great Freedom, found the door of liberation through the tranquility and practical power of the realm of space and the cosmos. The Celestial King, Light of the Name of Freedom, gained the door of liberation through freely observing all things. The Celestial King Eye of Pure Virtues found the door of liberation of effortless action knowing that all things are not born, do not perish, and do not come or go. The celestial king Enjoyable Great Intelligence found the door of liberation through the ocean of wisdom directly perceiving the real character of all things. The Celestial King Freedom Of Immutable Light found the door of liberation through the great practical concentration of bestowing boundless peace and happiness on living beings. The Celestial King Eye Of Sublime Adornments found the door of liberation through causing observation of the truth of nullity and annihilating all ignorance and fear. The Celestial King Light Of Skillful Meditation found the door of liberation through entering infinite realms without producing any activity of thought about existents. The Celestial King Delightful Great Knowledge found the door of liberation by going everywhere in the ten directions to preach the truth, yet without moving and without relying on anything. The celestial King Universal Sound Array Banner found the gate of liberation by entry into the Buddhas realm of tranquility and everywhere manifesting great light. The celestial King Light Of Fame Of Extreme Exertion found the gate of liberation by abiding in his own enlightenment, yet having an infinitely broad perspective.
The Buddha Body Extends throughout all the great assemblies,
It fills the cosmos without end.
Quiescent, without essence, it cannot be grasped;
It appears just to save all beings.
The Thus Come One, the Dharma king, appears in the world,
Able to light the lamp of sublime truth, which illuminates the world;
His state is boundless and inexhaustible:
This is what Name of Freedom has realized.
The Buddha is inconceivable beyond discrimination,
Comprehending Forms everywhere as Insubstantial.
For the sake of the world he opens wide the path of purity:
This is what Pure Eyes can see.
The Buddhas wisdom is unbounded --
No one in the world can measure it.
It forever destroys living beings' ignorance and confusion:
Great Intelligence has entered this deeply and abides there in peace.
The Buddhas' virtues are inconceivable;
In beings who witness them, afflictions die out
They cause all worlds to find peace:
Immutable Freedom can see this.
Sentient Beings, in the darkness of ignorance, are always deluded;
The Buddha expounds for them the teaching of dispassion and serenity.
This is the lamp of wisdom that illuminates the world:
Sublime Eyes knows this technique.
The Buddhas Body of pure subtle form
Is manifest everywhere and has no compare;
This Body has no essence and no resting place:
It is contemplated by Skillful Meditation.
The Voice of the Buddha has no limit or obstruction;
All those capable of accepting the teaching hear it.
Yet the Buddha is quiescent in forever unmoving;
This is the liberation of Delightful Knowledge.
Serene, emancipated, master of the celestial and the human,
There is nowhere in the ten directions he does not appear.
The radiance of his light fills the world:
This is seen by Majestic Banner of Unimpeded Truth.
The Buddha sought enlightenment for the sake of all beings
Over boundless oceans of eons;
With various spiritual powers he teaches all;
Light of Fame has realized this truth.
Furthermore, the celestial king Banner of the Delightful Light of Truth found the door of liberation in observing the faculties of all beings, expounding the truth for them, and cutting off their doubts. The celestial king Ocean Of Pure Adornments found the door of liberation, causing vision of Buddha whenever brought to mind. The celestial king Light Of Supreme Wisdom found the door of liberation realizing the body of adornments that have no basis and are equal in terms of phenomenal nature. The celestial king Banner of Independent Wisdom found the door of liberation of comprehending all mundane things and in a single instant setting up oceans of inconceivable adornments. The celestial king Delight in Tranquility found the door of liberation of manifesting inconceivable Buddha Lands in a single pore without hindrance. The celestial king Eye of Universal Knowledge found the door of liberation of all sided observation of the universe. The celestial king Delight in Use of Intellect found the door of liberation producing all kinds of displays for the benefit of all beings always appearing eternally. The celestial king Light of Intellect Sewn With Virtue found the door of liberation observing all objects in the world and entering into the truth of inconceivability. The celestial king undefiled tranquil light found the door of liberation showing all beings the essential ways of emancipation. The celestial king Vast Pure Light found the door of liberation of observing all teachable beings and guiding them into the way of enlightenment.
At that time the celestial king Banner of the Delightful Light of Truth, imbued with the Buddha¡¯s power, surveyed all the hosts of the heavens of minor vastness, infinite vastness and vast results, and said in verse:
The realm of the Buddhas is inconceivable,
No sentient being can fathom it.
The Buddhas cause their minds to develop faith and resolution
And great enjoyment without end.
If any beings can accept the teaching,
The Buddha, with spiritual powers, will guide them
Causing them to always see the Buddha before them:
Ocean of Adornments sees in this way.
The nature of all things has no resting place,
The Buddhas' appearance in the world is the same way.
They have no resting place in any state of being:
Supreme Wisdom can contemplate the meaning of this.
Whatever be the hearts desire of sentient beings,
The Buddhas' spiritual powers can manifest.
Each different, they are inconceivable:
This is the Liberation-Ocean of Wisdom Banner King.
All lands existing in the past,
They can show in a single Pore:
This is the great spiritual power of the Buddhas:
Delight in Tranquility can expound this.
The inexhaustible ocean of all teachings
Is assembled in the sanctuary of one teaching.
Such is the nature of truth explained by the Buddhas:
Eye of Knowledge can understand this Technique.
In all lands, in all quarters
Expounding the truth in each in everyone,
The Buddha's body has no coming or going:
This is the realm of delight in use of intellect.
The Buddha sees things of the worlds as like reflections of light;
He enters into their most recondite mysteries,
And explains that the nature of all things is always quiescent:
Intellect Sewn With Virtue can see this.
The Buddha knows all phenomena
And rains the rain of truth according the beings faculties,
In order to open the inconceivable gate of emancipation,
Tranquil Serenity can understand this.
The World Honored One Always, with great kindness and compassion,
Appears in order to benefit sentient beings,
Equally showering the rain of truth to the fill of their capacities
Pure Light can expound this.
Furthermore, the celestial king Repute of Pure Wisdom found the door of liberation comprehending the ways and means of emancipation of all sentient beings. The celestial king Supreme Vision found the door of liberation of shadow like demonstration according to the wishes of all celestial beings. The celestial king Virtue of Tranquility the found the door of liberation of great skill in means adorning the realms of all Buddhas. The celestial king Sound of the Polar Mountain found the door of liberation of following all sentient beings into the eternally flowing cycle of birth and death. The celestial king Eye of Pure Mindfulness found the door of liberation remembering the Buddha¡¯s ways of taming and pacifying sentient beings. The celestial king Delightful Universal Illumination found the door of liberation that flowed forth from the ocean of universal memory and concentration power. The celestial king Sovereign Lord of the World found the door of liberation of ability to cause sentient beings to meet the Buddha and produce the treasury of faith. The celestial king Light Flame Sovereign found the door of liberation of ability to cause all beings to hear the truth, to believe and rejoice, and become emancipated. The celestial king Enjoyer of Meditating on the Truth and Creating Demonstrations found the door of liberation entering into the civilizing activities of all enlightening beings, boundless and inexhaustible as space. The celestial king Banner of Miraculous Displays found the door of liberation observing the infinite afflictions of sentient beings with universal compassion and wisdom.
At that time the celestial king Repute of Pure Wisdom, imbued with the power of the Buddha, surveyed the host of celestial beings of the heavens of little purity, boundless purity, and ubiquitous purity, and said in verse:
He who realizes that the nature of things is without solidity,
Appears in all the boundless lands of the ten directions:
Expounding the inconceivability of the realm of Buddhahood,
He causes all to return to the ocean of liberation.
The Buddha is in the world without a resting place --
Like a shadow or reflection he appears in all lands.
The nature of things is ultimately non-origination:
This is the entryway of the King Supreme Vision.
Cultivating Skill in means over countless ages,
Purifying all lands in the ten directions,
The Suchness of the Universe never moves:
This is the realization of virtue of tranquility.
Sentient Beings are shrouded and veiled by ignorance;
Blind, in the dark, they remain always in Birth and Death.
The Buddha shows them the path of purity:
This is the liberation of Polar Mountain Sound.
The Unexcelled Path that the Buddhas traverse
Cannot be plumbed by any sentient being.
It is shown by various expedient methods:
Pure Eye, clearly observing, can comprehend them all.
The Buddha, by means of concentration formulae,
Numerous as the atoms in oceans of lands
Teaches sentient beings, covering everything:
Universal Illumination can enter this.
The appearance of a Buddha is hard to encounter;
It may be met once in countless eons;
It is capable of inducing faith in sentient beings:
This is the realization of the Celestial Sovereign.
The Buddha explains that the nature of things is nature less;
Profound, far-reaching, it is inconceivable.
He causes all beings to engender pure faith:
Light Flame can comprehend this.
The Buddhas of all times are replete with virtue;
They teach sentient beings inconceivably.
Contemplating this produces joy:
Enjoyer of Truth can teach in this way.
Sentient beings are sunk in the ocean of afflictions:
Their ignorance and pollution of views are much to be feared.
The great teacher pities them and frees them forever:
This is the realm of contemplation of Banner of Miracles.
The Buddha constantly emits great beams of light;
In each light beam are innumerable Buddhas.
Each makes displays of sentient beings affairs;
This is the entryway of wonderful sound.
Furthermore, the celestial king Pleasing Light found the door of liberation of always experiencing the bliss of tranquil serenity yet being able to appear in order to eliminate the sufferings of the world. The celestial king Pure Subtle Light found the door of liberation of the ocean of great compassion, the mine of joy and happiness of all sentient beings. The celestial kings Sound of Freedom found the door of liberation manifesting in a single instant the power of virtue of all sentient beings of boundless eons. The celestial king supreme awareness and knowledge found the door of liberation causing all becoming, existing, and disintegrating worlds to be as pure as space. The celestial king Delightful Pure Subtle Sound found the door of liberation of joyfully believing and accepting the teaching of all sages. The celestial king Sound of Skilful Meditation found the door of liberation of ability to spend an eon expounding the meanings and methods of all stages of enlightenment. The celestial king Adornment Explaining Sound found the door of liberation of methods of making great offerings when all enlightening beings descend from the Tushita Heaven to be born in the world. The celestial king Profound Light Sound found the door of liberation of contemplation of the inexhaustible ocean of spiritual power and wisdom. The celestial king Great Fame found the door of liberation of techniques for appearing in the world, having fulfilled the ocean of virtues of all Buddhas. The celestial king Supreme Pure Light found the door of liberation of the mine of faith and delight produced by the power of the Buddha's ancient vows.
I remember the past practice of the Buddha,
Serving and providing offerings for innumerable Buddhas;
His pure deeds, in accord with his original faith,
Are now all visible, through the Buddha's spiritual power.
The Buddhas body is formless, free from all defilement;
Always abiding in compassion and pity,
He removes the distress of all worlds:
This is the liberation of Subtle Light.
The Buddha's teaching is vast and boundless;
It is manifest in all fields,
According to their becoming and decay, Each Different:
This is the power of liberation of Sound of Freedom.
The Buddha's spiritual power is incomparable;
It appears everywhere, in the vast fields of all directions,
And makes them all pure, always manifest:
This is the technique of Liberation of Supreme Mindfulness.
Respectfully Serving all the Buddhas,
Numerous as atoms in oceans of lands,
Hearing the teaching, getting rid of defilement, not acting in vain,
This is subtle sounds application of the Teaching.
The Buddhas have, for immeasurable eons,
Expounded the techniques of the stages, without peer.
What they have explained is boundless and inexhaustible:
Sound of skilful meditation knows the meaning of this.
The infinite scenes of the Buddhas miraculous displays
Appear in all places in a single instant,
Great techniques for conquering spirits and attaining enlightenment:
This is the liberation of Adorning Sounds.
Sustained by awesome power, able to explain
And to demonstrate the deeds of spiritual powers of the Buddhas,
Purifying all according to their faculties:
This is the liberation door of Light Sound.
The Buddhas Wisdom is boundless --
It has no equal in the world, it has no attachment;
Compassionately responding to beings, it manifests everywhere:
Great Fame has realized this path.
The Buddha, in the past, cultivated enlightening practices,
made offerings to all the Buddhas of the ten directions --
The vows made in the presence of each Buddha
Supreme Light hears and greatly rejoices.
Furthermore, the Brahma King Shikhin, found the door of liberation abiding in all sites of enlightenment everywhere and preaching the truth while being pure and free of attachments in all actions. Brahma king Light of Wisdom found the door of liberation inducing all sentient beings to enter meditative absorption and stay there. Brahma King Radiance of Beneficent Wisdom found the door of liberation entering everywhere into all inconceivable truths. Brahman King Sound of Ubiquitous Clouds found the door of liberation entering into the ocean of all utterances of the Buddhas. Brahma King Independent Observer of the Sounds and Speech of the Worlds found the door of liberation of ability to remember all the techniques used by enlightening beings in teaching all sentient creatures. Brahma King Eyes of Still Light found the door of liberation showing the individual differences in characteristics of results of actions of all beings. Brahma King All Pervading Light found the door of liberation of appearing before all sentient beings to guide them according to their various types. Brahma King sound of magical displays found the door of liberation dwelling in the realm of tranquil and serene action of the pure aspect of all things. Brahma King Eyes Of Shining Light found the door of liberation of always diligently appearing with no attachments, no boundaries, and no dependence in the midst of all existence. Brahma King Pleasing Ocean Sound found the door of liberation of constant contemplation and investigation of the inexhaustible truth.
At that time the great Brahma King Shikhin imbued with the spiritual power of the Buddha surveyed all the celestial hosts of the heavens of Brahma Bodies, Brahma Assistants, Brahma Masses, and Great Brahmas, and said in verse:
The Buddha body is pure and always tranquil;
The Radiance of its light extends throughout the world;
Sign-less, pattern-less, without images,
Like clouds in the sky, thus is it seen.
This realm of concentration of the Buddha Body
Cannot be assessed by any sentient being;
It shows them inconceivable expedient doors:
This is the Enlightenment of Wisdom Light.
The Ocean of teachings, numerous as atoms in a Buddha Land,
Are expounded in a single word¡ªall without remainder.
They can be expounded this way for oceans of eons without ever being exhausted.
This is the liberation of Light of Beneficent Wisdom.
The complete sound of the Buddhas is equal to the worlds;
Sentient beings each attain understanding according to their kind,
Yet there is no difference in their sound:
Such is the understanding of the Brahma King Universal Sound.
The Methods of Entering Enlightenment
Of the Buddhas of all times
Are all apparent in the Buddha Body:
This is the liberation of Sound of Freedom.
The activities of all sentient beings are different;
According to the causes, the effects are various.
In this way did the Buddhas appear in the world:
Silent Light can understand this.
Master of countless media of teaching,
Civilizing sentient beings everywhere in all quarters
Yet not making distinctions therein:
Such is the realm of Universal Light.
The Buddha Body is like space, inexhaustible¡ª
Formless, unhindered, it pervades the ten directions.
All of its accommodation manifestations are like conjurations:
Sound of Magical Displays understands this way.
The appearances of the Buddha Body are boundless,
And so are the knowledge, wisdom, and voice¡ª
Being in the world, manifesting form, yet without attachment:
Shining Light has entered this door.
The king of truth reposes in the palace of sublime reality¡ª
The light of the reality body illuminates everything.
The nature of reality is incomparable and has no marks.
This is the liberation of king Ocean Sound.
Furthermore, the celestial king Sovereign Freedom had found the door of liberation of the treasury of freedom manifestly developing and maturing innumerable sentient beings. Celestial King Sublime Eye Lord found the door of liberation examining the pleasures of all sentient beings and causing them to enter the pleasure of the realm of sages. Celestial King Beautiful Jewel Banner Crown found the door of liberation causing all sentient beings to initiate practices according to their various inclinations and understandings. Celestial King Courageous Intelligence found the door of liberation holding together all the doctrines preached for the benefit of sentient beings. Celestial King Wonderful Sound Phrases found the door of liberation remembering the compassion of the Buddha and increasing progress in his own practice. Celestial King Subtle Light Banner found the door of liberation of manifesting the door of great compassion and smashing down the banner of all pride and conceit. Celestial King Realm of Peace found the door of liberation conquering the malicious attitudes of all people. Celestial King Array of Splendid Discs Banner found the door of liberation of all the infinite Buddhas of the ten directions coming whenever they are remembered. Celestial King Flower Light Wisdom found the door of liberation of everywhere manifesting perfect enlightenment according to the minds and thoughts of sentient beings. Celestial King Sublime Light of Indra found the door of liberation of independence of great awesome power to enter all worlds.
The Buddha Body is all pervasive, equal to the cosmos.
It manifests in response to all sentient beings;
With various teachings he is always guiding:
Master of Teaching, he is able to enlighten.
Of the various pleasures of the world,
The pleasure of holy tranquility is supreme;
Abiding in the vast essence of reality:
Sublime Eye sees this.
The Buddha appears throughout the Ten Directions.
Universally Responding to all Hearts, Teaching the Truth¡ª
All doubting thoughts are cut off:
This is the door of liberation of Beautiful Banner Crown.
The Buddhas speak of the wondrous sound throughout the world;
The teachings spoken over countless ages
Can all be expounded in a single word:
This is the liberation of courageous intelligence.
All the great kindness in the world
Cannot equal a hair tip of the Buddhas.
The Buddhas kindness is inexhaustible as space:
This is the realization of Wonderful Sound.
Completely demolishing in all quarters,
The mountains of pride of all beings,
This is the function of the great compassion of the Buddha:
This is the path traveled by Subtle Light Banner.
The Light of Wisdom, Pure, Fills the world;
Any who see it are relieved of ignorance
And cause to leave to evil ways:
Realm of Peace realizes this truth.
The Light of a hair pore is able to expound
Buddha Names as numerous as sentient beings.
According to their pleasure, they all can hear it:
This is Splendid Disc Banners Liberation.
The Buddhas freedom cannot be measured¡ª
It fills the cosmos and all space.
All the congregations see it clearly:
This liberation door Flower Intellect enters.
Over oceans of eons, infinite, boundless,
Manifesting everywhere and preaching the truth,
Never has a Buddha been seen to have any going or coming:
This is the enlightenment of Wonderful Light.
Furthermore, the celestial king Skilful Transformation found the door of liberation of the power of magical displays demonstrating all actions. Celestial King Light of Silent Sound found the door of liberation of relinquishing all clinging to objects. Celestial King Light of the Power of Transformation and Emanation found the door of Liberation Annihilating the Ignorant Muddled Minds of all beings and causing their wisdom to become fully complete. Celestial King Master of Adornments found the door of liberation manifesting unlimited pleasing sounds. Celestial King Light of Mindfulness found the door of liberation knowing the infinite virtuous characteristics of all Buddhas. Celestial King Supreme Cloud Sound found the door of liberation knowing the process of becoming and decay of all past ages. Celestial King Supreme Light found the door of Liberation of Knowledge to Enlighten All Beings. Celestial King Exquisite Topknot found the door of liberation shedding light swiftly filling space in all directions. Celestial King Joyful Wisdom Found the Door of Liberation of the Power of Energy whose deeds cannot be ruined by anyone. Celestial King Flower Light Topknot found the door of liberation knowing the rewards of actions of all sentient beings. Celestial King Seeing in all Directions found the door of liberation showing inconceivable differences in form and kind of sentient beings.
At that time the celestial king Skilful Transformation imbued with the majestic power of the Buddha, surveyed the whole host of celestial beings of the heavens of enjoyment of emanations and said in verse:
The essence of the doings of the world is inconceivable¡ª
The Buddha teaches all about it for the confused,
Skillfully explaining the true principle of causality
And the different doings of all sentient beings.
Looking at the Buddha in various ways, there¡¯s nothing there;
Seeking him in all directions, he can¡¯t be found.
The manifestations of the reality body have no true actuality:
This is truth is seen by Silent Sound.
The Buddha cultivated many practices over oceans of eons
In order to extinguish the ignorance and confusion of the world.
Therefore his purity is the most radiant light:
This is the realization of the mind of Light Power.
Of the sublime sounds and voices in the world,
None can compare to the Buddhas Sound.
The Buddha pervades the ten directions with a single sound:
Entering this liberation is the Master of Adornment.
All the power of wealth in the world
Is not equal to a single characteristic of the Buddha¡ª
The virtues of the Buddha are like space:
This is perceived by Mindful Light.
The infinite ages of past, present, and future,
The various aspects of their becoming and decay,
The Buddha can show in a single pore¡ª
Supreme Cloud Sound can comprehend this.
The extent of all space may be known,
But the extent of a pore of Buddha cannot be apprehended.
Such non-obstruction is inconceivable:
Exquisite Topknot has been able to realize this.
The Buddha, in countless past ages
Fully cultivated the far reaching transcendent means,
Working diligently with non-flagging vigor:
Joyful Intelligence knows this teaching.
The causes and conditions of the nature of actions are inconceivable¡ª
The Buddha explains them for all the world.
The nature of things is fundamentally pure, with no defilements:
This is the entryway of Flower Light.
You should gaze on a pore of the Buddha¡ª
All sentient beings are therein,
And they neither come nor go:
This is the understanding of Universal Sight.
Furthermore, the celestial king Contented found the door of liberation of all Buddhas bringing forth a complete, fully rounded teaching in the world. Celestial King Ocean of Joy and Bliss Topknot found the door of liberation of the body of pure light extending throughout the realm of space. Celestial king Banner of Supreme Virtues found the door of liberation of the ocean of pure vows to extinguish the sufferings of the world. Celestial King Still and Silent Light found the door of liberation of physical manifestation everywhere to expound the truth. Celestial King Pleasing Eyes found the door of liberation purifying the realms of all sentient beings. Celestial King Jewel Peak Moon found the door of liberation of the inexhaustible store of eternal manifestation teaching all worlds. Celestial King Courage and Strength found the door of liberation showing the realm of true awakening of all Buddhas. Celestial King Subtle Diamond Light found the door of liberation fortifying and solidifying all sentient beings will for enlightenment, making it unbreakable. Celestial King Constellation Banner found the door of liberation of techniques for associating with all Buddhas that appear, meditative investigation, and harmonization of sentient beings. Celestial King Pleasing Adornments found the door of liberation of instantly knowing the minds of sentient beings and appearing according to their potentials.
The Buddha is vast, extending throughout the cosmos,
Equal toward all sentient beings¡ª
Universally responding to all hearts, he opens the door of wonder,
Causing them to enter the inconceivable pure truth.
The Buddha Body manifests everywhere in the ten directions;
Free from attachment and obstruction, it cannot be grasped.
In various forms it is seen by all worlds:
This is the entry of Topknot of Joy.
The Buddha cultivated various practices in the past,
His pure great vows deep as the sea;
All enlightening ways he causes to be fulfilled:
Supreme virtue knows these techniques.
The Buddhas Body is inconceivable;
Like reflections it shows separate forms, equal to the cosmos,
Everywhere clarifying all things:
This is the liberation door of Silent Light.
Sentient beings are bound and covered by habitual delusion¡ª
Conceited, careless, their minds run wild.
The Buddha expounds for them the way to calm:
Pleasing Eyes, aware of this, rejoices at heart.
The true guide of all worlds,
He appears to rescue, to provide refuge,
Showing all beings the abode of peace and happiness:
Jewel Peak Moon enters deeply into this.
The state of the Buddha¡¯s is inconceivable¡ª
It extends throughout all universes,
Entering all things, reaching the other shore:
Courageous Intellect, seeing this, rejoices.
If any sentient beings can accept the teaching,
And, hearing the virtues of Buddha, strive for enlightenment,
He causes them to dwell in the ocean of bounty, forever pure:
Subtle Light is able to observe this.
Gathering around all the Buddhas,
Numerous as the atoms of the lands of the ten directions,
Reverently making offerings, and hearing the teaching:
This is the vision of Constellation Banner.
The ocean of sentient beings minds is inconceivable;
It has no rest, no motion, no place of abode¡ª
The Buddha can see it all in an instant:
This beautiful array well comprehends.
Furthermore, the celestial king Timely Portion had found the
door of liberation of inspiring virtue in all sentient beings and
causing them to be forever free from anxiety and torment.
Celestial King sublime light found the door of liberation entering into all realms. Celestial King Banner of Inexhaustible Wisdom And Virtue found the door of liberation of the wheel of great compassion destroying all afflictions. Celestial King Skilled In Miraculous Displays found the door of liberation comprehending the mentalities of all sentient beings of the past, present, and future. Celestial King Great Light Of Memory Power found the door of liberation of the light of the gates of concentration formulae holding in memory all teachings without forgetting. Celestial King Inconceivable Wisdom found the door of liberation of inconceivable methods of skillfully entering into the nature of all actions. Celestial King Circular Navel found the door of liberation of methods of activating the cycles of the teaching and developing sentient beings to maturity. Celestial King Light Flame found the door of liberation of the vast eye observing all sentient beings and going to civilize them. Celestial King Illumination found the gate of liberation, getting beyond all barriers of habit and not going along with bedeviling doings. Celestial King Greatly Famed for Universal Observation found the door of liberation of skillfully guiding all celestial beings and inducing them to undertake actions with a pure heart.
The Buddha, for innumerable long eons,
Has dried up the sea of troubles of the world:
Opening wide the road of purity out of defilement,
He causes to shine eternally the lamp of beings wisdom.
The Buddhas body is exceedingly vast¡ª
No borders can be found in the ten directions.
His expedient means are unlimited:
Subtle Light¡¯s knowledge has access to this.
The pains of birth, aging, sickness, death, and grief
Oppress beings without relief.
The Great Teacher takes pity and vows to remove them all:
Inexhaustible Wisdom Light can comprehend this.
Unhindered is the Buddha¡¯s knowledge that all is illusory;
He clearly comprehends all things in all times,
Delving into the mental patterns of all sentient beings:
This is the realm of Skilful Teaching.
The bounds of his total recall are not to be found;
The ocean of his eloquence is also unlimited.
He is able to turn the wheel of the pure, subtle, truth:
This is the liberation of Great Light.
The nature of actions is vast and inexhaustible¡ª
His knowledge comprehends it and skillfully explains;
All his methods are inconceivable:
Such is the entry of Wisdom.
Turning the wheel of inconceivable truth,
Demonstrating and practicing the way of enlightenment,
Forever annihilating the suffering of all sentient beings:
This is the level of technique of Circular Navel.
The real body of the Buddha is fundamentally non-duel;
Yet it fills the world according to beings and forms¡ª
Sentient beings each see it before them:
This is the perspective of Flames of Light.
Once any sentient beings see the Buddha,
It will cause them to clear away habitual obstructions.
And forever abandon devilish actions:
This is the path traveled by Illumination.
All the hosts of beings are vast as oceans¡ª
Among them the Buddha is most majestically glorious.
Everywhere he rains the rain of truth to Enrich sentient beings
This liberation door Greatly Famed enters.
Furthermore, the celestial king Shakra-Indra had found the liberation door of great joy remembering the appearance in the world of the Buddhas of past, present, and future, and clearly seeing the becoming and disintegration of the lands. Celestial king Full Sound of Universal Fame found the door of liberation of ability to cause the form body of the Buddha to be most pure and vast, without compare in the world. Celestial King Kind Eyes Jewel Topknot found the door of liberation of clouds of compassion covering all. Celestial King Jewel Light Banner Fame found the door of liberation of always seeing the Buddha manifesting various forms of majestic bodies to all the leaders of the worlds. Celestial king Joy Producing Topknot found the door of liberation knowing from what virtuous actions the cities and buildings of all sentient beings came to be. Celestial King Admirable Mindfulness found the door of liberation showing the deeds of the Buddha¡¯s developing sentient beings. Celestial King lofty supreme sound found the door of liberation of knowledge of the becoming and decay of all worlds and the signs of change of the ages. Celestial King Perfect Mindfulness found the door of liberation of calling to mind the acts of future enlightening beings in civilizing people. Celestial King Pure Flower Light found the door of liberation of knowledge of the cause of happiness in all heavens. Celestial King Son of Wisdom Eye found the gate of liberation showing the acceptance and production of roots of goodness of all celestial beings, removing ignorance and illusion. Celestial King Independent Light found the door of liberation enlightening all celestial beings, causing them to cut off all sorts of doubts forever.
I am conscious of the spheres of all Buddhas
In all times being all equal
As their lands form and disintegrate:
They see all by enlightened spiritual powers.
The Buddha body is vast and all pervasive;
Its ineffable form, incomparable, aids all beings,
The radiance of its light reaching everywhere:
This path Universal Fame can observe.
The Buddhas great compassionate ocean of techniques
Has been utterly purified by past eons of practice
And guides sentient beings without bound:
Jewel Topknot has realized this.
I contemplate the ocean of virtues of the King of Truth,
Supreme in the world, having no peer,
Producing an immense sense of joy,
This is the Liberation of Jewel Light.
The Buddha knows the sea of sentient beings good works,
Various excellent causes producing great blessings;
All these he causes to be manifest:
This is seen by Topknot of joy.
The Buddhas appear in the ten directions,
Everywhere throughout all worlds,
Observing the minds of beings and showing how to tame them:
Right Mindfulness realizes this path.
The vast eye of the Buddhas wisdom body
Sees every particle of the world
And reaches in the same way throughout the ten directions:
This is the liberation of Cloud Sound.
The enlightening practice of all Buddhists
The Buddha shows in a single hair pore,
Infinite as they are, all complete:
This is seen clearly by Mindfulness.
All the pleasant things of the world,
Are born of the Buddha¡ª
The virtues of the Buddhas are supreme, unequaled:
This liberation Flower King enters.
If one thinks of a bit of the Buddhas virtue,
The mind concentrating on it for even a moment,
The fears of the evil ways will be banished forever:
Wisdom eye profoundly realizes this.
Great spiritual powers within the state of tranquility
Universally respond to all minds, extending everywhere,
Causing all doubt and confusion to be cut off:
This is the attainment of Light.
Furthermore, Sun Godling had found the door of liberation of pure light shining on the sentient beings of the ten directions always benefiting them forever and ever. The deity Light Flame Eyes found the door of liberation enlightening sentient beings through the agency of all corresponding bodies causing them to enter the ocean of wisdom. The deity Polar Mountain Light Joy Banner found the door of liberation of being the leader of all sentient beings and having them diligently cultivate boundless pure qualities. The deity Pure Jewel Moon found the door of liberation of the Joy of profound determination cultivating all ascetic practices. The deity Non-Regressing Courage found the door of liberation of unhindered light shining everywhere causing all beings to increase in purity and clarity. The deity Light Of Beautiful Flower Garlands found the door of liberation of pure light illuminating the bodies of all sentient beings and causing them to produce oceans of joy and faith. Supreme Banner Light found the door of liberation of light illuminating all worlds, causing them to perfect various wonderful qualities. The deity universal light of a jewel topknot found the door of liberation of the ocean of great compassion manifesting jewels of various forms and colors of boundless realms. The deity eyes of light found the door of liberation purifying the eyes of all sentient beings causing them to see the matrix of the cosmos. The deity Virtue Bearing found the door of liberation developing pure continuous attention never letting it be lost or broken. The deity Universal Light found the door of liberation carrying the palace of the sun all over, shining on all sentient beings of the ten directions, allowing them to accomplish their work.
The Buddhas great light of knowledge
Illuminates all lands in the ten directions:
All sentient beings can see the Buddha¡¯s
Various disciplines and manifold techniques.
The forms of the Buddha are boundless,
Appearing to all according to their inclinations,
Opening up the ocean of knowledge for all worlds:
Flame Eyes beholds the Buddha in this way.
The Buddha Body is peerless, it has no compare
Its light shines throughout the ten directions,
Transcending all, supremely unexcelled:
Such a teaching has Joyful Attained.
Practicing austerities to benefit the world,
Traversing all realms of existence for countless ages,
This light is everywhere as pure as space:
Jeweled Moon knows these techniques.
The Buddha speaks the wondrous sound without obstacle¡ª
It pervades all lands in the ten directions,
Benefiting the living with the flavor of truth:
Courageous knows this technique.
Emanating inconceivable nets of light,
Everywhere purifying all conscious beings,
He causes them to engender profound faith:
This is the way Flower Garland has entered.
All the lights in the world
Cannot match the light of a single pore of the Buddha¡ª
This is how inconceivable the Buddhas light is:
This is the liberation of supreme banner light.
The way of all Buddhas is thus:
They all sit under the tree of enlightenment
And bring the errant to the right path:
Jewel Topknot Light sees in this way.
Sentient beings are blind, ignorant, and suffering¡ª
The Buddha wants to make them produce a pure eye,
And so lights the lamp of wisdom for them:
Good Eye looks deeply into this.
Honored Master of liberating techniques¡ª
If any see him and make an offering,
He causes them to cultivate practice and reach the result:
This is Virtues power of means.
In one teaching there are many aspects¡ª
For countless ages he teaches this way.
The far-reaching meanings of the teachings expounded
Are comprehended by Universal Light.
Furthermore, Moon Godling found the door of liberation of pure light illuminating the universe, edifying all sentient beings. The Deity Flower King Topknot Halo found the door of liberation observing worlds of all sentient beings and causing them to enter the boundless truth. The Deity Myriad Subtle Pure Lights found the door of liberation knowing the various operations of clinging to objects in the ocean of the minds of all sentient beings. The Deity Pacifying the Hearts of the World found the door of liberation bestowing inconceivable happiness on all sentient beings, causing them to dance with joy. The deity Luminosity of Tree King Eyes found the door of liberation protecting agricultural work, the seeds, sprouts, stalks, et cetera, according to the season, causing it to be successfully accomplished. The deity Manifesting Pure Light found the door of liberation compassionately saving and protecting all sentient beings, causing them to witness the facts of experiencing pain and pleasure. The deity Immutable Light Traveling Everywhere found the door of liberation able to hold the pure clear moon and show it throughout the ten directions. The deity Sovereign Monarch Of Constellations found the door of liberation showing all things to be illusory and like empty space, formless and without inherent nature. The deity Moon Of Pure Awareness found the door of liberation performing great works for the benefit of all beings. The Deity Great Majestic Light found the door of liberation universally cutting off all doubt and confusion.
The Buddha Radiates light pervading the world,
Illuminating the lands in the ten directions,
Expounding the inconceivable, far reaching teaching:
To destroy forever the darkness of ignorance and delusion.
He is sphere is infinite and inexhaustible¡ª
He teaches eternally through countless eons,
Edifying beings through various powers:
Flower Topknot looks upon Buddha this way.
The Ocean of sentient beings minds varies from moment to
The Buddhas knowledge is so broad it comprehends all this,
Expounding the truth for them all making them glad:
This is the liberation of Subtle Light.
Sentient beings have no holy tranquility;
Sunk in evil ways, they suffer many pains¡ª
The Buddha shows them the nature of things:
Peaceful meditation sees in this way.
The Buddha, with unprecedented great compassion,
Enters all states of existence to help sentient beings,
Explaining truth, encouraging virtue, promoting fulfillment:
This is known to Eye Light.
The Buddha opens up the light of truth,
Analyzing the natures of the acts of all worlds,
Their good and their evil, without a mistake:
Pure light, seeing this, gives rise to joy.
The Buddha is the basis of all blessings,
Like the earth supporting all buildings;
He skillfully shows the peaceful way out of distress:
Immutable knows this technique.
The bright glow of his fire of knowledge pervades the universe¡ª
He manifests countless forms, equal to all beings,
Exposing true reality for the benefit of all:
Monarch of Constellations realizes this path.
The Buddha is like space, with no inherent nature;
Appearing in the world to benefit the living,
His features and refinements are like reflections:
Pure awareness sees in this way.
The pores of the Buddhas body emit sounds everywhere:
The clouds of the teaching cover all worlds;
All those who hear are joyful and glad:
Such is the realization of Liberation Light.
(End of Volume 2)