November 25, 2011

Chapter 2: Subhuti Requests the Method Towards Bodhisattvahood and Enlightenment –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    The very venerable monk named Subhuti was in attendance. Subhuti stood up out of the group and uncovered his right shoulder. Kneeling upon his right knee and joining his palms together he implored,

    “How amazing, World-Honored One, this meta-genius method whereby you work with bodhisattvas—confiding in them this information most profound! Now please tell it to us: How is it that a man or a woman of integrity may take steps towards becoming a bodhisattva, using this information to attain perfect enlightenment? How should they be conducting themselves? What should they practice? How should they be applying their minds?”

    “Good for asking, Subhuti! And you’re right, I do confide in bodhisattvas with meta-genius method, sharing with them the very greatest of profundities. Listen, for I now shall explain how a man or woman of integrity may come to enter into this confidential wisdom, and the manner in which they should conduct themselves and apply their minds.”

    The venerable Subhuti responded, “This is truly excellent, World-Honored One! Please go on and tell us!”

        "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