March 23, 2012

A Poementary on Chapter Twelve of the Diamond Sutra

Like at a stupa, a temple or a holy shrine
It’s wherever you are, if you’d take the time
To read aloud just four small lines—
If you did even more, it would be more fine

‘Cause if you went and learned the whole kit and kaboodle
And your understanding ranged to the end of that noodle
Though an ordinary person on the outside you see,
There’s a Buddha clearly living right inside of me

March 15, 2012

Chapter 12: How Holy Places and Holy Beings Are Made to Appear –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    “And further, Subhuti! The significance of this teaching is such that any locations where a few lines are recited become sacred sites, same as holy shrines.

    “But then again, Subhuti! Let's say someone did recite this––applying themselves to the point of being able to understand and share the gist of meaning. Well, wherever that person happens to be situated, in every single spot, there would be an appearance of, none other than, the Buddha himself!”

        "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  

A Poementary to help explain Chapter 12 of the Diamond Sutra