July 1, 2012

Chapter 16: They Shall Produce Even Greater Results Than I –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    “And incidentally, Subhuti! You know those fine students of integrity that we are discussing? In past times they were out of integrity. Now, while promoting this Diamond Teaching, some people are going to be turning on them. And by the way that they are able to handle themselves with these threatening people, they will be awakening to unsurpassed perfect enlightenment!

    “As I mentioned, I served for a great time under the Buddha Source of Light. But he was just one of countless buddhas under whom I practiced in discipleship! Now here I am, telling you that in the future there are going to be people who are going to be reciting, learning and propagating this teaching, causing an even greater inconceivable goodness than I did in all those lives of practice!

    “Further, you should know that merely on account of me telling you about the unfathomably vast field of goodness (and how it is going to be generated by men and women of the future by virtue of their reciting, learning, understanding and distributing this teaching), there are going to be people who are going to go unhinged!

    “O, Subhuti! This teaching isn’t something that is analyzable; and the same goes regarding the results achieved by people who understand it.

        "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 on Chapter 16 of The Diamond Teaching

          When I said what it said
          When they spit in my face
          Didn’t mind it at all
          I’ll accept the disgrace

          But to pause and consider
          The mystical answer
          Beats an eon of service
          To our own holy master?

          A million served lives,
          Lived in straight purity…
          But some, said the Son,
          Will do greater than me?

          Since believing in thoughts
          Can’t be right perception
          Bodhisattvas will serve up
          No concept perfection