Noah wrote:This chapter starts off with an introduction. Buddha Universal Surpassing Wisdom! Buddha Sakyamuni describes the length of time since that Buddha's passing as an inconceivable number multiplied by an inconceivable number. Multiply it by yet ANOTHER inconceivably large number and the amount of ages past since this Buddha! Sakyamuni Buddha perceives this time just as any other. Time is transcended here and we stand outside/above/at metaphysical beginning (no beginning). In this chapter of the text, the perspective is brought fully to the level of the One Vehicle, Perfect Enlightenment, Buddhahood. A teaching is given here and the disciples are all brought to the full realization by a another parable.
There is something special about this Buddha, he sits gaining Enlightenment for many ages before gaining the full Wisdom of the Buddhas. His sixteen sons and the gods worship the Buddha until he gains Perfect Enlightenment. When he does, All of existence is shaken and lit up- gods, men, all sentient beings can see each other and they gather to hear the Dharma preached. One they are all gathered, Universal Surpassing Wisdom preaches the Law of the 4 Noble Truths and Dependent Co-arising. Innumerable beings are liberated by the three vehicles. His sixteen sons then ask him to preach the Sutra of the Perfect Knowledge of Buddhas and they will put it to practice. It is then (for the first time?) that THIS Sutra, The Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law Sutra is expounded by name. The sixteen sons understand it, all other beings are confused even after many ages of preaching. The Sutra continues to be preached by the sons as Universal Surpassing Wisdom remains in seclusion for many more ages. These sixteen sons have all gained Perfect Enlightenment and continuously preach this Sutra. It is revealed that one of these sons was Sakyamuni Buddha! Having many of inconceivable ages ago trained under many Buddhas then leading others to Buddhahood! Now, Sakyamuni gained Perfect Enlightenment when?!?!?! The idea of "when" here has no meaning. this is the deepest perspective of only Buddhas, indescribable except in the language of prajna-parimita: it is ALL time and NO time. The Lotus Sutra is the Sutra in which Buddhahood transcends space and time. The disciples of the Buddha now are some of the same from that time long ago, all practice according to their capacity, all aspire for Buddhahood (or not), all are ceaselessly taught through countless lifetimes by the Buddhas out of compassion because even when Perfect Enlightenment is attained, the Bodhisattva Vow is not fully attained. Until ALL are liberated, the Buddhas will exist and teach.
The parable is amazing and I will say my understanding in my next post. This part of the Sutra I see as a foreshadowing to the main crux of the teaching.
Scientists have confirmed that our galaxi is 14.5 billions years old by confirmed scientific instruments and no one is challanging them.
Guatam Buddha is born in this galaxi 2500 approx years ago on our earth.
Guatam Buddha also confirms in Phantom city (chapter 7) that he along with one other Buddha is last of 16 sons of Universal excellent Buddha who is still on the job.
Though his physical body is dead, he is still active in this galaxy.
He being active our galaxy is still passing thro correct law.
Universal Eaxcellence Buddha might have started collecting our milky way thousands of billions years earlier.
His method as per Phantom city is as below.
He lives a normal life (not at physical level) and begets or collects 16 sons.
He trains these sons on the laws of this universe and Wisdom.
At a certain stage he decides that sons are ready and now he should be thinking of Turning the wheel.
So he leaves his kingdom to his sons dividing them in 8 parts. Two sons in each direction of his kingdom to rule and to protect him from disturbance.
UWE (universal wisdom excellence) selects a centre and sits in Awarness meditation. This stops all outflows and inflows contiue.
(We must all sit in awarenes meditation everyday to grow our luck,health and happiness)
Probably one of two rules one side of the kingdom and second one assures total stoppage of impure cosmic energy towards UWE.
Surrounding stars and their ruling Brahama feel the attraction in direction of UWE and move towards him because of strong inflows towards UWE.
Formation of milkyway with many galaxies starts.This is turning of wheel.
After a huge growth of milky way, he knows that his sons are ready for takeover as buddhas and bestows prophesy of Buddhahood on them. This is also turning of the wheel.
The third turning of wheel happens when he gets ready to go to Nirvana.
His 15 sons have already completed the work and gone to Nirvan.
His 16th son Guatam Buddha has been left with the pollution of all other galaxi worlds gone to Nirvan. This is a very dirty world and winding it up leaving minimum residue is to be done by him.
But his Wisdom eye and the experience of past Buddhas gives him a method and hope.
Help comes in form of Emergence of Treasure Tower (chapter11).