December 20, 2012

Chapter 27: Clearing Isn't the Enlightenment; Bodhisattvas Aren't Nihilistic –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    “But then, Subhuti! What about when bodhisattvas speak of the ‘exhaustion of phenomenal characteristics’? They may seem to be implying that buddhas attain liberation by dematerializing their characteristics. A void created by the dissolution of thirty-two buddha characteristics is not itself a source of unexcelled perfect enlightenment!

    “Folks on their way to bodhisattvahood teach of the ‘exhaustion of phenomenal characteristics,’ but that doesn’t mean they think that the lack of characteristics is itself important. People on their way to becoming bodhisattvas don’t cling to ideas of clearing or voidness as meaningful in and of themselves.

        "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