March 29, 2010

Diamond Sutra, The Poem in Chapter 26

Here's the other poem/gatha from Diamond Sutra, which you can find at the end of chapter 26. Why don't you go ahead and memorize this and the one from the last post, then make an effort to understand their meaning as you read through each of the chapters in the Sutra. Say it with feeling. The secrets of the Buddha's teachings are in these poems.

Then in verse the World-Honored One spake, saying:

                 Some think they’ve heard my holy speech
                 Or wondrous buddha think they see,
                 These folks can’t fathom what I teach
                 They haven’t met the real me  

   "The Diamond Teaching"  (Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita Sutra)

            tr. by Sol Ta Triane
            Featuring the Buddha in a discussion with his disciple, Subhuti
            Recorded by the disciple, Ananda  

March 12, 2010

Four Line Song

The Diamond Teaching of the Buddha ends in the following poem. The Buddha said that if you learned it and tried to understand it, the benefits would be, well, absurdly great. So memorize it. Dare ya.


          A phantom, dewdrops, a lightning strike,
          A burning candle, skewed vision, the morning star;
          These are to illustrate what all things are like --
          Like dreams! — may you notice that all things are…

    From The Diamond Teaching  (Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita Sutra)
            tr. by Sol Ta Triane
            Featuring the Buddha in a discussion with his disciple, Subhuti
            Recorded by the disciple, Ananda