December 8, 2011

Chapter 5. How to Recognize an Inconceivably Dynamic, Transcendent-Yet-Appearing Individual (a Tathagata) –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

     “Subhuti! Do you think you could identify someone to be an inconceivably dynamic, transcendent-yet-appearing individual (a tathagata) by their unique personal characteristics?”

     Subhuti replied, “No, I couldn’t, World-Honored One, because it’s not possible to recognize someone as an inconceivably dynamic, transcendent-yet-appearing individual by merely noting their unique personal characteristics. I know that because you, O World-Honored One, say that characteristics are in actuality not really characteristics.”

       The Buddha replied, “Subhuti! It is self-deception to take phenomenal characteristics as bona fide reality. If you can see that characteristics neither exist, nor do they lack existence, that would imply that you understood. If you understand there aren’t any characteristics existing, much less not existing, by noting the illusory appearance of a buddha’s characteristics you’ll be able to recognize an inconceivably dynamic, transcendent-yet-appearing individual!”

        "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