March 26, 2014

Chapter 8: Making a Connection With the Source of All Buddhas –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

   “Subhuti! Do you think that if someone gave gifts of tremendous value, the volume of which filled a trillion universes, to those awakened individuals who indelibly help all beings, that it would create an outrageous accumulation of goodness?”

   “Yes, World-Honored One. There would be an outrageous amount of good created in doing that, which you would say is not really any good.”

   “If, Subhuti, anyone learned only a few lines of what I’m trying to tell you, thought about them and shared them with others, the goodness created would be vastly greater.

   “And the reason it would be so much greater is this: To even begin to familiarize yourself with this information is tantamount to making a connection with the Source out of which arises every awakened individual! In fact, this teaching, pointing out the Source of all awakened individuals, is not really a teaching, nor are there awakened individuals! 

    "Go now and do this, so that you too may be acquainted with the Source out of which arises all enlightened beings!”

        "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