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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 11

“Subhuti, suppose there are as many Ganges Rivers as there are sands in the Ganges River. What do you think? Would there be a lot of sand in all those Ganges Rivers, or not?” Subhuti replied, “There would be an awful lot, World Honored One. Just those Ganges Rivers would be innumerable, let alone their grains of sands.” “Subhuti, I now sincerely ask you: if a gentleman or a gentlewoman were to take as many of the seven types of jewels as there are trichiliocosms as numerous as the sands of the Ganges and give them as offerings, would they gain a lot of merit, or not?” Subhuti said, “It would be an awful lot, World Honored One.” The Buddha said to Subhuti, “If a gentleman or a gentlewoman were to accept and keep even a four-line gāthā of this sūtra and teach it to others, his or her merit would be even greater than the preceding merit.