The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 8

“Subhuti, what do you think? Suppose someone were to make offerings of the seven types of jewels in sufficient numbers to fill the trichiliocosm, would that person gain a massive amount of merit, or not?” “That would be an awful lot, World Honored One. Why is this? Because that merit has no inherent nature of being ‘merit.’ For this reason, the Tathāgata says that the amount of merit would be massive.” “Furthermore, if there were a person who accepts and keeps in mind even a single four-line gāthā of this sūtra and teaches it to others, his merit would be even great than that. Why is this? Subhuti, it is because all the buddhas, as well as the dharma of anuttarasamyaksaṃbodhi of all those buddhas, derive from this sūtra. Subhuti, what we call ‘buddhas’ and ‘dharma’ are not ‘buddhas’ or ‘dharma.’