Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Discourse on the Ten Wholesome Way Of Action

Thus have I heard. At one time, the Buddha stayed in the palace of the Dragon King of the Ocean together with an assembly of eight thousand great Bhikshus and thirty-two thousand Bodhisattvas and Mahasattvas altoghther. At that time the World Honored One told the Dragon King Saying:

Because all beings have different consciousness and thoughts, they perform too different action and as a consequence there is the turning around in all the different courses of existence. Oh Dragon King, do you see the variety of shapes and appearance in this meeting and in the great ocean, are they not differeent from one another.

Thus amoung all of them there is none which is not made by the mind, whether it is brought abaout by wholesome or unwholesome bodily, verbal, and mental actions, and yet the mind is formless it cannot be
grasped or perceived, but it is the unreal accumulation and arising of all dharmas which are ultimately without owner, without I and mine.

Although that which is manifested by each (being) according to its actions is not the same, there is nevertheless really no creator in these (action). Therefore all dharmas are inconceivable and inexpressible, their own nature is phantom like.

The wise ones knowing this ought to cultivate wholesome actions. Through this the arregates sense-base and elements that will be given rise to, will all be upright and those who will see them will not grow tired of them.

Oh Dragon King, when you behold the body of the Buddha born from a hundred thousand of Kotis of merit, with all the marks adorned, the splendor of its radiance covering the whole of the great assembly, even if there were immeasurable Kotis of Ishvara and Brahma devas they all would not come again into appearance. Those who look with reverence at the Tathagata's body how can they but not be dazzled.

You again behold all these great Bodhisattvas of marvelous appearance, dignified and pure. All this comes into being entirely through the merit of cultivating wholesome actions. Again all the powerful ones like the eight classes of devas and dragons, and suchlike they also come into being because of the merits of wholesome action.

Now all beings in the great ocean are of course and mean shapes and appearances, they all whether samll or large performed unwholesome bodily, verbal, and mental actions out of all kinds of thoughts from their own minds. Thus is that each being receives its own result according to its action.

You ought to practice and to study constantly in this way, and also to bring beings to a thorough derstanding of cause and effect and to the practice of wholesome actions. In this you must have unshakable right view and you must not fall again into the views of annihilation and eternity. As to the fields of merit you rejoice in them, respect them and support them because of his you will also be be respected and supported by men and devas.

Oh Dragon King you must know that Bodhisattva has one method which enables him to cut off all sufferings of evil destinies. What kind of methods is this?

It is constantly, day and night, to recollect, to reflect on and to contemplate on the wholesome dharmas so as to cause the wholesome dharmas to increase from thought-moment to thought-moment, without allowing the least unwholesome thought to mingle in. This will then enable you to cut off all evil forever, to bring the wholesomedharmas to completion and to be constantly near all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other holy communities.

about wholesome dharmas, the bodies of men and devas the Illumination of the Shravkas, the Illumination of the Pratyekas, and the hightest Illumination, they are all accomplished depending on these dharmas which are to be considered as fundamental. Therefore they are called wholesome dharmas. These dharmas are the ten wholesome ways of actions.

What are these ten? They are the ability to give up forever killing, stealing, wrong conduct, lying, slandering, harsh language, frivolous speech, lust, hate and wrong views.

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