By Garma C.C. Chang
The Maharatnakuta Sutra is without doubt one of the 5 significant sutra teams within the Mahayana canon. Of the 2 nice faculties of Buddhism, Mahayana has the best variety of adherents around the world -- it prevails one of the chinese language, jap, Koreans, Tibetans, and Vietnamese -- and includes inside of it a couple of hobbies, significantly Zen, that have been of starting to be curiosity within the West in contemporary many years.
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W hat are the four? B h a d r a ’s A t t a i n m e n t (1) (2) (3) (4) of Buddhahood 17 T o stay aw ay from noisy crowds; to delight in quietude and pcacc; to be m entally undistractcd; and to increase o n e ’s good roots. “M oreover, there arc four things that a Bodhisattva should cultivate well in 'i e r to have right thought. W hat are the four? 1) T o suffer willingly the pain o f sariisara for innum erable kalpas, even for the sake o f only one sentient being; (2) to k n o w the different natures and characters o f the sentient beings before teaching them the Dharm a to rid them o f afflictions; (3) to eradicate all evil, cultivate all virtues, subdue the arm y o f demons, and realize supreme enlightenment; and (4) to teach, w ith one pure voicc, the esscncc o f the D harm a to the countless sentient beings in a billion-w orld universe.
T o avoid later complications and poisible m isundcrsundings. wc translate these tw o term s on the basis o f this principle. M r. Mtao is fully aware o f this principle, but disagrees with Us application in Chapter 12. See _A Discourse on Ready Eloquence** below, note 2. ) 17. According to Buddhist tradition, attachment co chc bliss o f m cdiution can lead 4 m cdttitor to rebtnh m (he dhySna heavens. Birth in the heavens is n d to be sought for several reasons. O ne cannot gam supreme enlightenm ent if one is i god in heaven.
Such a D h arm a can n o t be d am aged or destroyed. " Then the W orld-H onored One smiled graciously and em itted from his fore head blue, yellow, red, white, and crystalline lights. T he lights illuminated all the num erous lands, reaching as high as the B rahm a Heaven, then returned and entered the top o f the B u d d h a’s head. ” T he B uddha replied, “I recall that, in the past, a thousand Tathagatas also taught this D h arm a here, and cach o f those assemblies was also led by a layw om an nam ed Garigottara.