No-attainment Revisited

Twenty-two: No-attainment Revisited

Subhūti said to the Buddha: “World Honored One. When the Tathagatas attain *peerless perfect enlightenment, is it the case that actually nothing is attained?”

“Exactly right. Subhūti, as far as peerless perfect enlightenment is concerned, I have not attained the slightest thing. This is why it is called peerless perfect enlightenment.”

* Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi

A reinforcement of section seven that the Tathagatas attain nothing; indeed, they have direct and unexcelled undivided awareness (Bodhi-consciousness) into the nature of the Dharmakaya that is devoid of any form of training leading up to the Absolute Realization of Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi. In this sense the Diamond Sutra highlights that this keen bodhipower is exclusively in the realm of the Unborn and Absolute, while any form of dharma is a relative affair.

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