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Wonderful - The Wonder of Spiritual Enlightenment

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The term ‘Wonderful’ (C. Miao, J. Myo) refers to the Buddha’s ultimate intent, the Buddha’s last will and testament. It refers to the highest truth (S. Sat), the teaching of the highest significance and the absolute reality, which is inconceivable and unconditional, ineffable and inexpressible. It is also described as the perfect blending of the three truths (emptiness, that which is temporary, and the mean).

It is explained by Chih-I as the 'Four Unities' of purpose.

Chih-I goes to considerable length to reveal the meaning of the term ‘Wonderful’ in The Hidden Meaning of the of the Lotus Sutra (C. Fa-Hua Hsuan-I, J. Hokke Gengi), explaining it on two levels:

The Door to the Manifestation (C. Chi-men, J. Shakumon) describes the manifestation of enlightenment.

The Door to the Origin (C. Pen-men, J. Honmon) describes the source of enlightenment.

In The Hidden Meaning of The Lotus Sutra these two levels of the will and intent of the Buddha are each described in ten parts in an effort to reveal the meaning of the term Wonderful (C. Miao, J. Myo).

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