July 26, 2012

Chapter 18: The Power That Sees All Minds –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA


    “Now, Subhuti! What do you think? Is a transcendent-yet-appearing individual able to see using ordinary human vision?”

    Subhuti replied, “Yes, World-Honored One, a transcendent-yet-appearing individual can look with his ordinary human vision.”

    “Subhuti! Does a transcendent-yet-appearing individual have the ability to use mundane psychic vision?”

    “Yes, a transcendent-yet-appearing individual has the capacity to use psychic vision.”

    “Subhuti! Does a transcendent-yet-appearing individual have the capacity of perception that arises from wisdom—the vision of wisdom?”

    “Yes, World-Honored One, a transcendent-yet-appearing individual has the vision of wisdom.”

    “Subhuti! Does a transcendent-yet-appearing individual have intuitional, all-seeing awareness—intuitional vision?”

    “Yes, World-Honored One, the transcendent-yet-appearing individual has the intuitional knowing called intuitional vision.”

    “Subhuti! Does a transcendent-yet-appearing individual, an awakened one, have transcending visionary capabilities—buddha-vision?”

    “Yes, World-Honored One, a transcendent-yet-appearing individual, an awakened one, does have buddha-vision.”

    "Remember, Subhuti, how I was talking about all those particles in the Ganges riverbed?"

    “Yes, World-Honored One; you did discuss that phenomena, calling them ‘particles.'”

    The Buddha spoke, saying “If there were as many Ganges Rivers as particles in the Ganges riverbed, with each particle in all those rivers representing another world like ours, wouldn’t that be an astronomical number of worlds?”

    “Yes, World-Honored One, there surely would be an astronomical number of worlds!”

     And as the Buddha continued he said, “Consider the vast numbers of beings that would exist in those worlds, and that I would be able to know the thoughts of every one of those beings!

    “But, what then makes it possible for me to notice the workings of an astronomical number of minds, appearing within countless universes? To know how buddhas do it, you’ll need to see that those myriad minds which are said to be perceived by a buddha are not real minds, certainly not in the way that people conceive of them. Go right ahead, try to perceive these so-called minds! Whether peering into past, present or future, you won’t find even a one!”


        "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