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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 2

At that time, the Elder (sthavira) Subhuti got up from his seat amid the great congregation. Arranging his robe so as to expose his right shoulder, placing his right knee on the ground, and putting his hands together out of respect, he addressed the Buddha, saying, “How marvelous it is, World Honored One, that the Tathāgata shows such great concern for all bodhisattvas and so well favors all bodhisattvas. World Honored One. How should gentlemen and gentlewomen abide in order to generate the aspiration for anuttarasamyaksaṃbodhi? How should they quell their minds?” The Buddha replied, “Excellent, excellent, Subhuti. As you have said, the Tathāgata does indeed show such great concern for all bodhisattvas and so well favors all bodhisattvas. You now should listen carefully and I will explain this for you. In this wise should gentlemen and gentlewomen abide in order to generate the aspiration for anuttarasamyaksaṃbodhi; in this wise should they quell their minds.” “So be it, World Honored One; we are delighted and look forward to listening.”