November 23, 2012

Chapter 26: How to Know the Actual Buddha –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA


     “Subhuti! Do people try to confirm that I’m the Inconceivably Dynamic, Transcendent-Yet-Appearing Individual by examining me for thirty-two ‘buddha-characteristics’?”

     “Yes, World-Honored One, that is what they do. They think they can tell you are an inconceivably dynamic, transcendent-yet-appearing individual by examining you for the thirty-two ‘buddha-characteristics.’”

     “Subhuti! If noticing that I had these qualities was all that was needed to authenticate my buddhahood, then similarly endowed beings like great wheel emperors (chakravartin[s]) would likewise be buddhas. Therefore, an inconceivably dynamic, transcendent-yet-appearing individual like myself won’t be able to be identified by an examination for so-called buddha-characteristics.”

     Subhuti responded, “It seems, World-Honored One, you are saying that it’s not possible to prove you to be the Inconceivably Dynamic, Transcendent-Yet-Appearing Individual by examining you for so-called buddha-characteristics.”

    Then in verse the World-Honored One spake, saying:

      Some think they've heard my holy speech
      Or wondrous buddha think they see
      These folks can't fathom what I teach, 
      They haven't met the real me


          "The Diamond Teaching"  (Vajracchedika Prajna Paramita Sutra)
                On the Essence of Wisdom
                The Lotus Version (TLV) ©, by permission
                       Featuring the Buddha in a discussion with his disciple, Subhuti
                        And recorded by his disciple, Ananda  

November 2, 2012

Chapter 24: The Huge Value of Engaging Yourself In Just One Verse –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA


     “Subhuti! Imagine that a philanthropist is dispensing, in the amount of quadrillions of universes full, the most highly valuable and splendid of donations, all for the achievement of the goals of the awakened ones. Compare him with any person who is seriously studying, coming to terms with and attempting to explain to others a mere four lines of this wisdom perfecting methodology (prajna paramita sutra). The second person’s actions result in the creation of an incalculably greater goodness!”


        "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