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Can any Buddhists help me find this quote?

In the writing “On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime,” Nichiren Daishonin (of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism) writes, “The Vimalakirti Sutra states that, when one seeks the Buddhas’ emancipation in the minds of ordinary beings, one finds that ordinary beings are the entities of enlightenment[.]” Can anyone supply me with the quote he is referring to? I don’t own a translation of this particular sutra, and Google hasn’t helped.
@ Fireball: I couldn’t find it on there. Thanks though.
@David: Thanks, I am asking for the actual quote from the Vimalakirti Sutra that Nichiren is referring to.

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  1. “Vimalakirti Sutra states that, when one seeks the Buddhas’ emancipation in the minds of ordinary beings, one finds that ordinary beings are the entities of enlightenment, and that the sufferings of birth and death are nirvana. It also states that, if the minds of living beings are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure or impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds.”
    (The Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin pg.4)
    http://www.sgilibrary.org/view.php?page=4&m=0&q= link to full lecture.

  2. The best available online translation is by Robert Thurman, the great Tibetan Buddhist scholar (I think this is the best translation offline or online).
    http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Reln260/Vimalakirti.htm
    Thurman’s translation is different from Nichiren’s, of course, and I can’t find anything like the Nichiren translation in the Thurman version. But the following passages might represent Thurman’s version of the text referred to by Nichiren.
    If you search the complete translation for the passages below, you’ll find them in context. Hope this helps!
    “Maitreya, whenever you attain Buddhahood, which is the perfection of enlightenment, at the same time all living beings will also attain ultimate liberation.”
    “Goddess: At such time as you, elder, become endowed once more with the qualities of an ordinary individual, then will I attain the perfect enlightenment of Buddhahood.”
    (I searched the text on these keywords: ordinary, being, mind, emancipation, entities, enlightenment.)

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