Time to let the light shine in directly.
On The Foundations of Training.
At the time when Shakyamuni Buddha, whilst in the Fourth Region of the Meditational Heavens, was residing in the palace of the deva king Maheshvara along with the immeasurably great deva king Brahma and millions upon millions of Bodhisttvas, He spoke of the various aspects of the Dharma regarding the Foundations of Training which Vairochana proclaims whilst enthroned upon His lotus pedestal which contains all worlds within it.
On this occasion, Shakyamuni’s whole being glowed with the light from His discerning wisdom. This light shone forth from the palace of the deva king, reaching all the worlds contained within the lotus pedestal. All sentient beings living in all those worlds looked at each other with delight and joy, but as they could not yet grasp what the cause of this radiance was or what brought it about, they all gave rise to misgivings, and the innumerable devas also felt apprehensive.
With great gratitude to Michael in Canada for this image sent a few hours ago via email. He said, This is my work Buddha sitting on a window ledge. He seems particularly luminous today. It’s the perfect image to accompany the above text which comes at the start of The Scripture of Brahma’s Net Wherein Vairochana Buddha Explains for Bodhisattvas the Foundations of Training and the Precepts. Buddhist Writings, Shasta Abbey Press.
Most often the Buddha Dharma is approached via a bottom or side door and then the truth of it emerges in a less direct fashion. [Jade Mountains is an example.] Today the light of Buddha is shining directly in through the skylight, brilliant and awe inspiring. With all this awesome radiance even the innumerable devas felt apprehensive and all had misgivings [about grasping it’s profundity?]. With compassion for those present Shakyamuni Buddha asks Vairochana Buddha (Dharma Itself), on behalf of everybody present, to please explain in detail. Which is what happens.
Vairochana Buddha has the title – One Who Is the Source of the Luminosity