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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 5

“Subhuti, what do you think? Are you able to see the Tathāgata through his physical characteristics?” “No, World Honored One, it is not possible to see the Tathāgata through his physical characteristics. Why is this? This is because the physical characteristics discussed by the Tathāgata are in fact not physical characteristics.” The Buddha addressed Subhuti, “Whatever characteristics there may be, all of those are spurious. But if you see that all characteristics are free from characteristics, you will see the Tathāgata.”