The Diamond Sutra ~ 05

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event type discourse
date & time 25 Dec 1977 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle DIAMON05
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
And why?
Because, Subhuti, in these bodhisattvas
No perception of a self takes place,
No perception of a being,
No perception of a soul,
No perception of a person.
Nor do these bodhisattvas have
A perception of a dhamma
A perception of a no-dhamma or
No perception or
Non-perception takes place in them.
And why?
If, Subhuti, these bodhisattvas,
Should have a perception of either a dhamma,
Or a no-dhamma,
They would thereby seize on a self,
On a being, on a soul, on a person.
And why?
Because a bodhisattva should not seize
On either a dhamma or a no-dhamma.
Therefore this saying has been taught by the Tathagata
With a hidden meaning:
"By those who know the discourse on dhamma
As like unto a raft,
Dhammas should be forsaken,
Still more so, no-dhammas."'
The lord asked:
'What do you think, Subhuti,
Is there any dhamma which
The Tathagata has fully known as
"The utmost, right and perfect enlightenment",
Or is there any dhamma which
The Tathagata has demonstrated?'
Subhuti replied: 'No, not as I understand
What the lord has said.
And why?
This dhamma which the Tathagata
Has fully known or demonstrated --
It cannot be grasped,
It cannot be talked about,
It is neither a dhamma nor a no-dhamma.
And why?
Because an absolute
Exalts the holy persons.


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