Category Archives: The Diamond Sutra

The Great Equalizer

Twenty-three: The Great Equalizer “Furthermore, Subhuti, the dharma called Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi is at one with everything else. Nothing in it is at variance with anything else. That is why it is called perfect, unexcelled awakening. It is self-idential through the absence … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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No Dharma is the Dharma

Twenty-one: No Dharma is the Dharma The Buddha asked, “What do you think, Subhuti? Does the Tathagata think, “I have taught the Dharma’? Subhuti, whoever says that the Tathagata thinks this way slanders the Tathagata; he would misrepresent me by … Continue reading

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No form, No appearance

Twenty: No form, No appearance “What do you think, Subhuti? Can the Tathagata be seen by means of his perfectly formed body?” Subhuti said, “No, Blessed One. As I understand it, the Tathagata is not to be seen by means … Continue reading

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The merit of no merit

Nineteen: the merit of no merit “What do you think, Subhuti? If someone were to fill the three thousand chiliocosms with the seven precious treasures and then give them as a gift to the Tathagatas, the arhats, the fully enlightened … Continue reading

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The All-Seeing Tathatic-Eye

Eighteen: The All-Seeing Tathatic-Eye Subhuti, what do you think? Does the Tathagata possess the human eye? Yes, World-honored One, He does. Well, do you think the Tathagata possesses the divine eye? Yes, World-honored One, He does. And do you think … Continue reading

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True Bodhisattvahood

Seventeen: True Bodhisattvahood At that time Subhuti addressed Buddha, saying: World-honored One, if good men and good women seek the Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment, by what criteria should they abide and how should they control their thoughts? Buddha replied to … Continue reading

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Be Not Afraid

Sixteen: Be Not Afraid [Gemmell] The Lord Buddha, continuing, addressed Subhuti, saying: “If a good disciple, whether man or woman, devoted to the observance and study of this Scripture, is thereby despised, or lightly esteemed, it is because that in … Continue reading

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Benediction

Fifteen: Benediction [Gemmell] “If a good disciple, whether man or woman, in the morning, at noonday, and at eventide, sacrificed lives innumerable as the sands of the Ganges, and thus without intermission throughout infinite ages; and if another disciple, hearing … Continue reading

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Peace of Mind

Fourteen: Peace of Mind Upon the occasion of hearing this Discourse Subhuti had an interior realization of its meaning and was moved to tears. Whereupon he addressed the Buddha thus: It is a most precious thing, World-honored One, that you … Continue reading

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