Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Diamond Sutra: Closing Reflection

The great Light-Bearer, Jesus the Christ, would summarize this sutra as “being in the world but not of it.” His will was always to do the Divine Will of his Unborn Father. In like fashion, the Mahabodhisattvas embrace a Transcendent … Continue reading

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Shadows on the Wall

Thirty-two: Shadows on the Wall [Gemmell & Mu Soeng] The Lord Buddha addressed Subhuti, saying : “If a disciple, having immeasurable spheres filled with the seven treasures, bestowed these in the exercise of charity; and if a disciple, whether man … Continue reading

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Nothing is Real, Nothing to get hung about

Thirty-one: Nothing is Real, Nothing to get hung about “O Subhuti, if anyone were to say that belief in an ego-self, belief in a being, belief in life, belief in personality had been taught by the Tathagata, would they be … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Thirty: What’s in a Name? “Subhūti, what do you think? If a good son or good daughter were to take all the worlds contained in three thousand galaxies and crush them into tiny particles, would these particles not be numerous?” … Continue reading

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No Footprints

Twenty-nine: No Footprints “And again, O Subhuti, whoever says that the Tathagata goes, or comes, or stands, or sits, or lies down does not understand the meaning of my teaching. And why? Because the word Tathagata means one who does … Continue reading

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No Strings Attached

Twenty-eight: No Strings Attached Subhuti, if one Bodhisattva bestows in charity sufficient of the seven treasures to fill as many worlds as there are sand-grains in the river Ganges, and another, realizing that all things are egoless, attains perfection through … Continue reading

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Nothing ended, Nothing destroyed

Twenty-seven: Nothing ended, Nothing destroyed Subhuti, you should not assume that the Tathagata has attained Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi by virtue of his possession of the thirty-two bodily marks. Why? Because the Tathagata could not have attained the Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi through possession of bodily … Continue reading

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The True Body of the Buddha

Twenty-six: The True Body of the Buddha “Subhūti, what do you think? Can one discern the Tathāgata by means of the thirty-two bodily characteristics?” Subhūti said, “No, Blessed One. One cannot discern the Tathāgata by means of the thirty-two bodily … Continue reading

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Seeds of Light

Twenty-five: Seeds of Light “Subhūti, what do you think? You should not claim that the Tathāgata thinks ‘I will save sentient beings.’ Subhūti, do not think such a thing. Why? There are in fact no sentient beings for the Tathāgata … Continue reading

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Sans Karma

Twenty-four: Sans Karma “Again, Subhuti, if one were to pile up seven precious treasures in the three thousand chiliocosms and give them away as a gift, the merit resulting from such an act would be less than that of someone … Continue reading

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