June 21, 2012

Chapter 15: Efficacy Towards Enlightenment’s Beatification of Bodies and Locations –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

     “And Subhuti! Let’s say there are men or women who engage perpetually in the ascetic act of giving away their body, in order to induce a spiritual benefit. They practice this giving of the body piously; morning, noon and night for quadrillions of eons; repeating the practice as many times as there are particles in the mud of the Ganges riverbed. Compare them to people who are prepared to listen to this teaching without their minds closing down. What would be created by these latter people’s actions would be of hugely greater benefit! And it would be again more beneficial if they recited, studied and began to comprehend, explaining this teaching and its points to others! Very special is this teaching, designed for the latter type of person, able to use this super-efficient advice! As they learn, uphold and effectively share this teaching, I the Transcendent-Yet-Appearing Individual shall notice (with my intuition, vision and meta-knowing) that each of them by this will create an inconceivably vast goodness. In glory, they shall wear the very raiment of buddhahood.

     “Subhuti! It should be noted that most people prefer getting information that coincides with an idea that they cherish of having an actual self, or of being someone, or that a self is alive either temporarily or eternally—which suggests that they aren't going to be making efforts to consider, nor will they comprehend this teaching. They just aren't going to be open to being helped at this time.

     “Just the same, when a sincere effort to understand or share this Perfection of Wisdom teaching does occur, that locus of dispensation shall be beatified, renowned and venerated by wisdom beings, human and ethereal.”

        "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