January 16, 2013

Chapter 30: A False Proof for an Artificial Self –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    “Imagine a quadrillion-world universe all broken up into the finest particles possible! Do you think that the total number of particles would be fantastic in number?”

    “Certainly, World-Honored One! That would account for an unfathomable, immeasurable number of particles! 

    “But here I make note: no matter what topic you bring to the fore, O World-Honored One, you never imply that any of the subjects discussed are actual existences. To think things are actual existences would make the whole quadrillion-world universe seem to be a real one. People are entrained that the world is to be seen as a sum of a great amount of elemental particulate matter. But World-Honored One, you have taught otherwise. You say that even sub-atomic components of the finest of particles have no ultimate existence to them!”

    “Yes, Subhuti, but I further elucidate: unenlightened folk are very confused regarding what they believe to be an actual self. Although nonexistent, the imagined self-reality seems to be corroborated by the common assumption that there’s a real world founded in minute structural components!”

        "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