May 9, 2013

Chapter 10: More On How Bodhisattvas Think, and a Visualization –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

    The Buddha again spoke, saying, “Subhuti, think! Did I, the Inconceivably Dynamic, Transcendent-Yet-Appearing Individual, receive the transmission of spiritual wisdom in the past when I was under the tutelage of the master, Buddha Source of Light?”

    “No, World-Honored One! You, the Inconceivably Dynamic, Transcendent-Yet-Appearing Individual, did not receive the transmission of spiritual wisdom when you were under the tutelage of the master, Buddha Source of Light.”

    “And Subhuti! Aren’t bodhisattvas supposed to be transforming the world? Well, whoever believes that is way off-base, because actually there is no such thing as a transformation of the world. By comprehending this, bodhisattvas are able to participate in that which is called 'the transforming of the world.'

    “Which goes to show, Subhuti, that anyone aspiring to be a bodhisattva should think without any sense of clinging to those thoughts. They should refrain from making up thoughts with the sense that they are ultimately real, whether the thoughts pertain to visions, sounds, smells, flavors, feelings, or whatever. Aspirants to bodhisattvahood should simply make up thoughts without any proclivity towards thinking they are substantial, in any way more than what they are.

    “Now try it! Make up a god-like superman with a fantastically ideal sort of body, large and wondrous like a great Mount Sumeru! 

    “Subhuti! How’s your superman? Is he not amazing?”

    “Oh yes, World-Honored One, amazing indeed! And the fantastical superman I’m imagining isn’t really anybody! Nor is he a nonexistence!”



        "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