August 1, 2012

Chapter 19: The Excellent Effect of Overcoming Clinging to Positive Effects –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    “Now Subhuti! Imagine a person of integrity gave an outrageous sum in the amount that would fill a trillion universes, to support the work of the buddhas! Would that create a huge positive effect?”

    “Yes, World-Honored One! You would say that this great generosity would result in a huge positive effect.”

    “Certainly, Subhuti! But even if you seem to perceive a huge positive outcome, that effect should not be thought of as being real.

    “You see, Subhuti, if people listening to this teaching were to continue to cling to an idea of positive effects as real, then I wouldn’t be able to create such a huge positive effect by telling you all this.”


        "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