Will there be any beings in the future period,
the last time, in the last epoch, in the last five hundred years, at
the time of the collapse of the good doctrine who, when these words of
the sutra are beeing taught, will understand their truth? The Lord
replied: Do not speak thus, Subhuti! Yes, even then there will be
beings who, when these words of the sutra are being taught, will
understand their truth. For even at that time, Subuthi, there will be
these bodhisattvas, Subuthi, will not be such as have honored only one
single Buddha, nor such as have planted their roots of merit under one
single Buddha only. An the contrary, Subuthi, those Bodhisattvas who,
when these words of the sutra beeing thaught, will find even one
single thought of serene faith, will be such as have honered many
hundreds of thousands of Buddhas, such as have planted their roots of
merit under many hundreds of thousands of Buddhas.
they are, Subuthi, to the Tathabata throug his Buddha-cognition. Seen
they are, Subuthi, by the Tathagata with his Buddha-eye, fully known
they are,Subuthi, to the Tathagata.
And they all, Subuthi, will beget and acquire an immerasurable and incalculable heap of merit.
talking about you. The sutra is being red to you. Twenty-five centuries
have passed. Subhuti has asked about you!
The other day I had told you that many
of you will become bodhisattvas, many of you are on the way. It is
strange that Subhuti should ask such a question. And more strange is
that Buddha said:"Those people after twenty-five centuries will not be
lesse fortunate than you but will be more fortunate.#