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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 4

“Moreover, Subhuti. Bodhisattvas should not stay fixed on any sensory object (dharma) during the practice of giving. This is to say, do not stay fixed on visual objects when making offerings; do not stay fixed on auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, or mental objects when making offerings. Bodhisattvas should make offerings in this manner, without staying fixed on any characteristic of an object. Why is this? If bodhisattvas make offerings without staying fixed on any characteristic, the amount of merit they accrue will be inconceivable. Subhuti, what do you think, is the amount of space in the east conceivable, or not?” “It is not, World Honored One.” “Subhuti, is the amount of space to the south, west, or north, to the intermediate directions, and to the zenith or nadir, conceivable, or not?” “It is not, World Honored One.” “Subhuti, it is exactly the same with the amount of merit accrued by bodhisattvas who make offerings without staying fixed on characteristics: it is inconceivable. Subhuti, bodhisattvas should abide just as I have instructed.