June 27, 2012

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

    The very venerable monk named Subhuti was in attendance. Subhuti stood up 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 by which You train bodhisattvas—confiding in them information most profound! Now how should we apply this: How is it that a man or a woman of integrity can take the steps to becoming a bodhisattva and attaining perfect enlightenment? How should they be conducting themselves, and what kind of practice should they be doing? What should they be doing with their minds?”
    “Good for asking, Subhuti! You’re right—I do confide in bodhisattvas the meta-genius knowledge, sharing with them the greatest of profundities. Listen, for I now shall explain how a man or woman of integrity can come to enter into this confidential wisdom, and too the manner in which they should conduct themselves and apply their minds.”
    The venerable Subhuti responded, “This is most excellent, World-Honored One! Please 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