The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two: Expedient Devices


At that time the World Honored One arose serenely from Samadhi and told Shariputra, “The wisdom of all the Buddhas is extremely profound and unlimited. The gateway to this wisdom is difficult to understand and difficult to enter. It cannot be known by any of the Sound Hearers or Pratyeka Buddhas.

“What is the reason? The Buddhas have, in the past, drawn near to countless hundreds of thousands of tens of thousands of millions of Buddhas, exhaustively practicing the unlimited Dharmas of the Way of those Buddhas. They are forging ahead with courage and vigor and their names are known everywhere.

“They have accomplished the most profound Dharma, one which has never been before, and speak of it according to what is appropriate, but its purport is difficult to understand.”

“Shariputra, from the time I realized Buddhahood, I have, by means of various causes and conditions and various analogies, extensively proclaimed the verbal teaching. With countless expedient devices, I have guided living beings, leading them to separate from all attachments.

“Why is this? The Thus Come One has already perfected his expedient devices and his knowledge and vision.

“Shariputra, the knowledge and vision of the Thus Come One is vast, great, profound, and far-reaching. He has profoundly entered, without boundary, the unlimiteds, the unobstructeds, the powers, the fearlessnesses, the Dhyana concentrations, and the Samadhis of liberation, accomplishing all those Dharmas never had before.”

“Shariputa, the Thus Come One is able to make various discriminations, cleverly speaking all Dharmas. His speech is gentle and delights the hearts of the multitudes.

“Shariputra, essentially speaking, the Buddha has fully accomplished all of those unlimited, boundless Dharmas which have never been before.”


“Shariputra, there is no need to speak further. Why is this? As to that foremost, rare, and hard-to-understand Dharma accomplished by the Buddha–only the Buddhas and the Buddha can exhaust the Real Mark of all Dharmas, that is to say, with regard to all Dharmas: the suchness of the marks, the suchness of the nature, the suchness of the substance, the suchness of the power, the suchness of the function, the suchness of the causes, the suchness of the conditions, the suchness of the effects, and suchness of the retributions, and the suchness of the ultimate equality from beginning to end.”

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7 Responses to The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two: Expedient Devices

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  3. Mani says:

    I want to remove the border on certain pictures in my posts. If i place the picture on the left, and use “border:none;” it doesn’t work. Any idea? Thank you.

    • mike says:

      Sure, the border is actually created with background and padding, so if you go to line 749:

      .category-gallery .gallery-thumb, #content .featured-image-blog {
      float: left;
      margin: 0 20px 5px 5px;
      border: 1px solid #a6a6a6;
      background: #f0f0f0;
      padding: 7px 7px 0px 7px;
      box-shadow: 0 1px 7px #777;
      border-radius: 5px;

      and remove the padding and it will leave you with just the shadow.

      • Mani says:

        Is there a way to do this for just one picture? So i make a new post, with one picture in it, and only that one picture should have no border or shadows. That would be awesome.

        • mike says:

          The best way to to this would be to create a class with the style you like then call that for the images that need it.
          Just add your new class to the very bottom of the style.css file and it should over-ride any other styles.

          You can add the new class either by using the HTML edit window or in the Advanced section of the pop up edit images window.

          For example something like this:

          padding: 0;
          box-shadow: none;

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