Pay homage while abiding nowhere, and transform beings to go to rebirth.
Endless and inexhaustible, the meanings are prolific.
The Tathagatas of the ten directions together gather us in,
So that we can leave suffering, attain bliss,
and escape the pit of fire.
Buddhism, we often say, “One should produce the thought which abides
nowhere.” And so, in explaining the Shurangama Mantra, I said, “Pay
homage while abiding nowhere, and transform beings to go to rebirth.”
Rebirth refers to undergoing indefinite births and endless
transformations. “Paying homage” refers to bowing to the Buddhas.
“Abiding nowhere” means you should have no attachments. You say, “Well, I
won't cultivate, and then I won't have any attachments.” That's wrong.
Although you cultivate, you should not be attached to the notion that
you are cultivating. You say, “If I don't eat and I don't attach to the
fact that I have not eaten, my stomach won't agree with me.” However, if
you've eaten your fill and you want to eat more, that's also wrong. The
Vajra Sutra says, “You should produce the thought which abides
someone thought the words, “You should produce the thought which abides
nowhere,” meant that if you didn't cultivate, recite mantras, or recite
Sutras, you would be without attachments. That's not it. What you have
to do is do things as if not doing them. After you've done something,
don't be attached to the merit and virtue that you've created. That's
called “abiding nowhere.” If you abide somewhere, you will get stuck in
one place and be unable to get out. So you must not dwell on the body or
mind; sweep away all dharmas and separate from all appearances. Then
the process of creation and transformation will be endless and
inexhaustible. So the next sentence says, “Endless and inexhaustible,
the meanings are prolific.” The meanings of this mantra are endless and
inexhaustible. It has an incredible amount of meaning; nothing else has
that much meaning.
when you recite this mantra, “The Tathagatas of the ten directions
together gather us in.” The Buddhas of the ten directions all draw you
in, treating you like a child, saying, “Don't cry anymore. I'll give you
some candy to eat. Don't cry. Wait a bit, and I'll give you a couple of
apples.” Hearing the word “apples,” the child's ears perk up and he
licks his lips in anticipation. In that way, the Tathagatas of the ten
directions gather you in, enabling you to “leave suffering, attain
bliss, and escape the pit of fire.”