I am always thinking:Murano translation, p. 249
"How shall I cause all living beings
To enter into the unsurpassed Way
And quickly become Buddhas?"
Chapter 16 is a significant and often-discussed chapter. In it, Buddha Shakyamuni makes two startling claims that fly in the face of convention and expectation. To summarize: while the Buddha appears to live and die as an ordinary man, in reality, this is simply a trick or a ruse; the real Buddha is by nature very, very ancient, not dying and not taking birth, but the personal or historical Buddha appears to be mortal. Why does the Buddha take this appearance? So that beings will not become complacent in practice or take the teachings for granted in their present lives.
Question: What Buddha is eternal and always abiding, according to the teachings you have read so far in the Lotus Sutra? On behalf of whom or what is Buddha Shakyamuni speaking here?