The Diamond Sutra ~ 03

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event type discourse
date & time 23 Dec 1977 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle DIAMON03
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
'Because a bodhisattva
Who gives a gift
Should not be supported by a thing,
Nor should he be supported anywhere.'
'The great being should give gifts
In such a way
That he is not supported by the notion of a sign.
And why?
Because the heap of merit of that bodhi-being,
Who unsupported gives a gift,
Is not easy to measure.'
The lord continued:
'What do you think, Subhuti, can the Tathagata
Be seen by the possession of his marks?'
Subhuti replied:
'No indeed, o lord. And why?
What has been taught by the Tathagata
As the possession of marks,
That is truly a no-possession of no-marks.'
The lord said:
'Wherever there is possession of marks,
There is fraud;
Wherever there is no-possession of no-marks,
There is no fraud.
Hence the Tathagata is to be seen
From no-marks as marks.'
Subhuti asked:
'Will there be any beings in the future period,
In the last time,
In the last epoch,
In the last five hundred years,
At the time of the collapse of the good doctrine
Who, when these words of the sutra
Are being taught,
Will understand their truth?'
The lord replied:
'Do not speak thus, Subhuti!
Yes, even then there will be beings who,
When these words of the sutra are being taught,
Will understand their truth.
For even at that time, Subhuti,
There will be bodhisattvas.
And these bodhisattvas, Subhuti,
Will not be such as have honored
Only one single buddha,
Nor such as have planted their roots of merit
Under one single buddha only.
On the contrary, Subhuti, those bodhisattvas who,
When these words of the sutra are being taught,
Will find even one single thought of serene faith,
Be such as have honored
Many hundreds of thousands of buddhas,
Such as have planted their roots of merit
Under many hundreds of thousands of buddhas.
Known they are, Subhuti, to the Tathagata
Through his buddha-cognition.
Seen they are, Subhuti, by the Tathagata
With his buddha-eye.
Fully-known they are, Subhuti, to the Tathagata.
And they all, Subhuti
Will beget and acquire
An immeasurable and incalculable heap of merit.'


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