July 18, 2012

Chapter 17B: How the Way You Perceive Things Always Matters –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

     “People try and claim I went through a spiritual learning experience that resulted in buddhahood, and thereby they misrepresent my teaching. Here’s where they went wrong: transcendent-yet-appearing individuals never believe in processes or spontaneous peak experiences that result in an unsurpassed perfect enlightenment.

     “The things that actually make a buddha a buddha are not contained in a style of thought, nor in a sense of reality or truth versus an unreality or untruth. Along these lines, all buddhas teach that phenomena are in essence unexplainable manifestations, an arising of the inconceivable Itself, the domain of which is known only by those familiarized.

     “Subhuti! All phenomena, no matter what they are, can’t be phenomena as we conceive them. What they are, are transcendently-sourced-yet-appearing Buddha-things.

     “Now try this, Subhuti! Make up a beautiful, great, godlike character in the sky—glorious like the majestic Mount Sumeru!”

“I did it!” said Subhuti. “The beautific goddess goddess I made is really wonderful; on the other hand, there’s no one really there at all!” 

“Yes, Subhuti! In this manner, bodhisattvas perceive everything! 

        "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