The Diamond Sutra ~ 07

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event type discourse
date & time 27 Dec 1977 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle DIAMON07
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
The lord then said:
'Yes, Subhuti, for the Tathagata has taught
That the dhammas special to the buddhas
Are just not a buddha's special dhammas.
That is why they are called
"The dhammas special to the buddhas".'
The lord asked:
'What do you think, Subhuti,
Does it occur to the streamwinner,
"By me has the fruit of a streamwinner
Been attained"?
Subhuti replied: 'No indeed, o lord.
And why?
Because, o lord, he has not won any dhamma.
Therefore is he called a streamwinner.
No sight-object has been won,
No sounds, smells, tastes, touchables,
Or objects of mind.
That is why he is called a "streamwinner".
If, o lord, it would occur to a streamwinner,
"By me has a streamwinner's fruit been attained,"
Then that would be in him a seizing on a self,
Seizing on a being,
Seizing on a soul,
Seizing on a person.'
The lord asked:
'What do you think, Subhuti,
Does it then occur to the arhat,
"By me has arhatship been attained"?'
Subhuti: 'No indeed, o lord.
And why?
Because no dhamma is called "arhat".
That is why he is called an arhat.
And why?
I am, o lord, the one whom the Tathagata
Has pointed out as the foremost of those
Who dwell in peace.
I am o lord, an arhat free from greed.
And yet, o lord, it does not occur to me,
"An arhat am I and free from greed."
If, o lord, it could occur to me
That I have attained arhatship,
Then the Tathagata would not have declared of me
That "Subhuti, this son of good family,
Who is the foremost of those
Who dwell in peace,
Does not dwell anywhere;
That is why he is called
A dweller in peace, a dweller in peace".'


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