August 1, 2014

Chapter 17B: How the Way You Perceive Things Always Matters –– THE DIAMOND SUTRA

     “People claim I went through a spiritual learning experience that resulted in buddhahood, and thereby misrepresent my teaching. Here’s where they went wrong: Transcendent-yet-appearing individuals never believe in processes or spontaneous peak experiences that result in an unsurpassed perfect enlightenment.

     “The things that actually make a buddha a buddha are not contained in a style of thought, nor in a sense of reality or truth versus an unreality or untruth. Along these lines, all buddhas teach that phenomena are in essence unexplainable manifestations, an arising of the inconceivable Itself, the domain of which is known only by those familiarized.

     “Subhuti! All phenomena, no matter what they are, can’t be phenomena as we conceive them. What they are, are transcendently-sourced-yet-appearing Buddha-things.

     “Now try this, Subhuti! Imagine a beautiful, great, godlike character in the sky—glorious like the majestic Mount Sumeru!”

     “I did it!” said Subhuti. “The beautific goddess I made is fantastic! On the other hand, there’s no one actually there at all!” 

     “Just so, Subhuti! This is how bodhisattvas perceive every single thing!”

        "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