The Diamond Sutra ~ 09

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event type discourse
date & time 29 Dec 1977 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle DIAMON09
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
The lord asked:
'What do you think, Subhuti, is there any dhamma which the Tathagata has learned from Dipankara?'
Subhuti replied: 'Not so, o lord, there is not.'
The lord said:
'If any bodhisattva would say, "I will create harmonious buddhafields," he would speak falsely. And why? The harmonies of buddhafields, Subhuti, as no-harmonies have they been taught by the Tathagata. Therefore he spoke of "harmonious buddhafields."'
The lord said:
'And again, Subhuti, suppose a woman or a man were to renounce all their belongings as many times as there are grains of sand in the river Ganges; and suppose that someone else, after taking from this discourse on dhamma but one stanza of four lines, would demonstrate it to others. Then this latter on the strength of that would beget a greater heap of merit, immeasurable and incalculable.'
Thereupon the impact of dhamma moved the venerable Subhuti to tears. Having shed tears, he thus spoke to the lord: 'It is wonderful, o lord, it is exceedingly wonderful, o well-gone, how well the Tathagata has taught this discourse on dhamma. Through it cognition has been produced in me, and it is indeed no perception. And why? Because the buddhas, the lords, have left all perceptions behind.'
The lord said:
'So it is Subhuti. Most wonderfully blest will be those beings who, on hearing this sutra, will not tremble, nor be frightened, or terrified.'
'Moreover, Subhuti, the tathagata's perfection of patience is really no perfection. And why? Because, Subhuti, when the king of kalinga cut my flesh from every limb, at that time I had no perception of a self, of a being, of a soul, or a person. And why? If, Subhuti, at that time I had had a perception of self, I would also have had a perception of ill-will at that time.'
'And further, Subhuti, it is for the weal of all beings that a bodhisattva should give gifts in this manner. And why? This perception of a being, Subhuti, that is just a non-perception. Those all-beings of whom the Tathagata has spoken, they are indeed no-beings. And why? Because the Tathagata speaks in accordance with reality, speaks the truth, speaks of what is, not otherwise. A tathagata does not speak falsely.'
'Tathagata, Subhuti, is synonymous with true suchness.'


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