December 20, 2012

Chapter 28: How Bodhisattvas Build Great Goodness Without Noticing –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

 “Subhuti! Say that a person of integrity fills universes with the seven precious treasures, as numerous as the particles of sand in the Ganges River, offered in support of all enlightened buddhas. Say instead they saw the inconceivable nature of all phenomena, thereby attaining bodhisattvahood. The field of goodness would be so much, outrageously and incalculably greater this way!

    “However, Subhuti, to be more precise: those bodhisattvas, by what they do, won’t really be building vast fields of goodness! 

    Subhuti replied, “But, World-Honored One, I was under the impression that bodhisattvas earned vast fields of goodness?”

    The Buddha responded in saying, “Without a doubt, humongous amounts of goodness would be created. But bodhisattvas wouldn’t bother to notice! And so, when you hear of the 'bodhisattva’s refusal of gifts,' it’s referring to this kind of indifference.”  

        "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