January 16, 2013

Chapter 31: How Buddha Uses Expedient Metaphoric Denotation for the Benefit of Etherial Existences –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    “But then, why am I using common nomenclature, like ‘selves,’ ‘beings,’ ‘lives,’ ‘living’ and even 'the soul'? (skt. atman) Does the fact that I, the Awakened Individual, use terms like ‘I,’ ‘you’ or ‘they’ indicate that I believe in real selves?”

    “Of course not, World-Honored One! You use those terms as metaphorical expedients, never believing them to label the existence of ultimately real entities!”

       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