The Diamond Sutra ~ 11

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event type discourse
date & time 31 Dec 1977 am
location Buddha Hall, Poona
language English
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shorttitle DIAMON11
Reader of the sutras: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
The lord asked:
'What do you think, Subhuti, does it occur to the Tathagata, "By me has dhamma been demonstrated"? Whosoever, Subhuti, would say, "The Tathagata has demonstrated dhamma," he would speak falsely, he would misrepresent me by seizing on what is not there. And why?'
'Because not even the least dhamma is there found or got at. Therefore is it called utmost, right and perfect enlightenment. Furthermore, Subhuti, self-identical is that dhamma, and nothing is therein at variance. Therefore is it called utmost, right and perfect enlightenment. Self-identical through the absence of a self, a being, a soul, or a person, the utmost, right and perfect enlightenment is fully known as the totality of all the wholesome dhammas.'
'What do you think, Subhuti, does it occur to a tathagata, "By me have beings been set free"? Not thus should you see it, Subhuti! And why? There is not any being whom the Tathagata has set free.'
Further the lord taught on that occasion the following stanzas: 'Those who by my form did see me, and those who followed me by voice wrong the efforts they engaged in me those people will not see.'
'From the dhamma should one see the buddhas, from the dhamma-bodies comes their guidance. Yet dhamma's true nature cannot be discerned, and no one can be conscious of it as an object.'
'Whosoever says that the Tathagata goes or comes, stands, sits or lies down, he does not understand the meaning of my teaching. And why? "Tathagata" is called one who has not gone anywhere, nor come from anywhere. Therefore is he called the Tathagata, the arhat, the fully enlightened one.


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