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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 10

The Buddha addressed Subhuti, “What do you think? Long ago, when the Tathāgata was in the presence of Dīpaṃkara Buddha, did he have any attainment in the dharma, or not?” “No, World Honored One. When the Tathāgata was in the presence of Dīpaṃkara Buddha, he in fact had no attainment in the dharma.” “Subhuti, what do you think? Do bodhisattvas adorn the buddha-land, or not?” “No, World Honored One. Why is this? Because ‘adorning the buddha-land’ does not in fact adorn anything; this is called ‘adorning.’” “For this reason, Subhuti, all the bodhisattva-mahāsattvas should in this wise generate pure states of mind. They should not generate states of mind that are fixed on visual objects. They should not generate states of mind that are fixed on auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, or mental objects. They generate states of mind that, even while responding, are not fixed on anything. Subhuti, it is like a person whose body is as large as Sumeru, the king among mountains. What do you think? Would his body be large, or not?” Subhuti replied, “It would be extraordinary large, World Honored One. Why is that? Because the Buddha has said that a ‘non-body’ is called a ‘large body.’”

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