2005 Volume 54 Issue 1 Pages 43-46,1240
The samadhi of the Lotus Sutra was taught to Zhiyi by Huisi on Mount Dasu. At that time Zhiyi reached a certain state. But Huisi judged what Zhiyi realized was the preliminary step. Huisi's preliminary step was to preach in accordance with the various living beings based on the Meaning of the Course of Ease and Bliss in the Lotus Sutra. There are two ways. One is to preach infinite meanings in accordance with living beings, the samadhi with infinite meanings (_??__??__??__??__??_). The other is to manifest various figures in accordance with living beings, the samadhi that manifest the various figures universally (_??__??__??__??__??__??_). After the two samadhi that manifest infinite meanings are obtained, the samadhi of the Lotus Sutra that melds the infinite meanings into one is obtained. That is the perfect state at last.