July 19, 2012

Chapter 17C: How the Saviors Earn Their Title –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    “When people go around with the idea that they’re going to be liberating people, you can be certain they aren’t bodhisattvas. Besides, there is no such thing as being a bodhisattva!

    “Therefore I say to you: believing as if beings are being beings, or in people that have temporary or eternal selves, is to be holding to delusional perspectives.

    “Subhuti! Should someone think, ‘I shall save the world!’—that would be dubious. The Buddha hereby informs that any saving of the world that is going to be happening is not something that is really going to be happening. It may seem, however, like the world is being saved!

    “Subhuti! If individuals were to merely establish this understanding pertaining to there being no set selves, then without a doubt they should be proclaimed and given the name bodhisattva—savior of the world!”

        "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