September 27, 2012

Chapters 22 & 23:  What Exactly People Get…and A Most Exceptional Way to Get It –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    “Did I, the Inconceivably Dynamic, Transcendent-Yet-Appearing Individual, receive anything upon my accomplishment of unexcelled perfect enlightenment?”

    Subhuti replied, “No, World-Honored One; you didn’t really get anything.”

    “Just so, Subhuti! There was nothing specific that I got when I attained unexcelled perfect enlightenment. And you should take this example as the proper way to discuss what one is supposed to get at their accomplishment of unexcelled perfect enlightenment!

        (23)

    “Following this particular methodology one notes how this kind of nonspecifiability applies to all things and perceptions, the result of which is called 'unexcelled perfect enlightenment.'  If, Subhuti, you use this exceptional method, (letting go of ideas of specifiablity like believing in ultimately real selves, beings or eternal personalities,) you’ll awaken to unexcelled and perfect enlightenment, the consummation of all spiritual teachings.         

     "But while I’m talking about this exceptional method: Even though it is called an exceptional method, it isn’t really such. By noting its inherent unrealness though, you would be engaging this most exceptional of methods!"

        "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