November 4, 2011

Chapter 1: The Gathering (Opening Scene of The Diamond Teaching) THE DIAMOND SUTRA


    This is what happened when the Buddha, a group of 1,250 monks and a large number of heroic bodhisattvas gathered in a Jeta Forest grove not far from the town of Shravasti. As was usual, the World-Honored One put on His robe, took His food bowl and went to town, going from home to home begging for sustenance. After consuming His meal He returned into the forest. Putting away His bowl and robe, He washed his feet, arranged His mat and seated Himself.

   Certain of the monks approached the World-Honored One. After bowing and circling Him, they sat down to His side.

        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