Thus have I heard. At one time the Bhagavan entered the Samadhi of the GreatIlluminating Storehouse of Spiritual Penetration.
This is the samadhi in which allTathagatas brightly and majestically abide. It is the ground of the pure enlightenment of all sentient beings.[The Bhagavan’s] body and mind were in the state of quiescent-extinction,
wherepast, present, and future are intrinsically equal and identical,
and his completenessfilled all ten directions, and was in accord with everything without duality. From withinthis condition of nonduality, he caused various Pure Lands to appear.[The Bhagavan] was accompanied by one hundred thousand great bodhisattvasand
. Chief among them were Bodhisattva Manjusri, BodhisattvaSamantabhadra, Bodhisattva of Universal Vision, Bodhisattva Vajragarbha, BodhisattvaMaitreya, Bodhisattva of Pure Wisdom, Bodhisattva at Ease in Majestic Virtue,Bodhisattva of Sound Discernment, Bodhisattva Cleansed of All Karmic Obstructions,Bodhisattva of Universal Enlightenment, Bodhisattva of Complete Enlightenment, andBodhisattva Foremost in Virtue and Goodness. Together with their retinues they allentered samadhi, abiding in the Tathagata’s Dharma assembly of impartial equality.
Thereupon Bodhisattva Manjusri rose from his seat in the midst of the assembly,prostrated himself at the feet of the Buddha, circled the Buddha three times to the right,knelt down, joined his palms,
and said: “O World Honored One of great compassion!Please expound to the multitude who have come to this assembly the Tathagata sDharma practice of the original-arising purity of the causal ground.
Please alsoexpound to us how bodhisattvas may initiate this state of pure mind within theMahayana and leave all illness. [Pray teach us] so that sentient beings in the futureDharma Ending Age who aspire to the Mahayana will not fall into erroneous views.”Having said these words, he prostrated himself on the ground. He made the samerequest three times, each time repeating the same procedure.At that time the World Honored One said to Bodhisattva Manjusri: “Excellent,excellent! Virtuous man, for the benefit of the multitude of bodhisattvas you have askedabout the Tathagata’s Dharma practice of the causal ground. For the benefit of allsentient beings in the Dharma Ending Age who aspire to Mahayana, you asked howthey can attain correct abiding and not fall into erroneous views. Listen attentively now. Ishall explain it to you.”Hearing this, Bodhisattva Manjusti was filled with joy and listened silently alongwith the assembly.“Virtuous man, the Supreme Dharma King possesses the method of the greatdharani
called Complete Enlightenment,
out of which emanates pure true suchness,bodhi, and nirvana, as well as the paramitas to teach bodhisattvas. The original-arising[purity] of the causal ground of theTathagatas relies on the complete illumination of [intrinsic] enlightenment, which is pure [in essence] and permanently free fromignorance.
Only then do the [Tathagatas] accomplish the Buddha Path.“What is ignorance? Virtuous man, since beginningless time, all sentient beingshave had all sorts of delusions, like a disoriented person who has lost his sense of direction. They mistake the four great elements
as the attributes of their bodies, andthe conditioned impressions
of the six sense objects as the attributes of their minds.They are like a man with an illness of the eyes who sees an [illusory] flower in the sky,or a second moon.“Virtuous man, there is in reality no flower in the sky, yet the sick man mistakenlyclings to it. Because of his mistaken clinging, he is not only deluded about the intrinsic