January 20, 2013

Chapter 32: The Benefit of Knowing the Ineffable, and How to Explain It to Others –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA (final chapter)

    “Subhuti! Say that a fine individual gave gifts of great value, the likes of which would fill vast universes, with the kind intention of great benefit to everyone! Next, imagine someone aspiring to awaken to unexcelled perfect enlightenment by means of learning, comprehending, and finally, explaining to others just one verse of this Diamond Teaching. This second person’s actions would create a far, far greater benefit!”

    “But, World-Honored One! How exactly are we to go about explaining it to others?”

    “Subhuti! Just be sure to explain how it is that things are unexplainable and you'll do fine:

        "A phantom, dewdrops, a lightning strike,
        A burning candle, skewed vision, the morning star:
        These six are to show you what all things are like—
        They're like dreams! May you notice that all things are…"

     And thus, the Buddha’s teaching drew to a close. Subhuti, the monastic and lay followers, the bodhisattvas, devas, asuras and angels rejoiced in wonder and gratitude, marveling in the event they had just witnessed.

        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