The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs
The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra
“Subhuti, if there were a gentleman or a gentlewoman who, in the morning, made offerings of as many bodies as there are sands in the Ganges River, and at midday again made offerings of as many bodies as there are sands in the Ganges River, and in the evening also made offerings of as many bodies as there are sands in the Ganges River, and in this wise for immeasurable hundreds, thousands, ten-thousands, and millions of kalpas made offerings of his body; and, furthermore, if there were a person who, hearing this sūtra, had faith and did not reject it, his merit would be even greater than the other person’s. And how much more would this be the case for one who copies it out and accepts, keeps, reads, and recites it and explains it to others. Subhuti, the gist is that this sūtra contains inconceivable, incalculable, and boundless merit. The Tathāgata preaches it for those who aspire to the Mahāyāna; he preaches it for those who aspire to the Supreme Vehicle. If there are people who are able to accept, uphold, read, and recite it and explain it widely to others, the Tathāgata fully knows and sees that those persons will have all accomplished immeasurable, incalculable, boundless, and inconceivable merit; such people will be vouchsafed the Tathāgata’s anuttarasamyaksaṃbodhi. Why is this? Subhuti, one who takes pleasure in a lesser dharma will cling to a view of a self, a view of a person, a view of a sentient being, and a view of soul and will in fact be unable to hear, accept, read, or recite this sūtra or explain it to others. Subuti, all the divinities, human beings, and asuras of this world should make offerings wherever this sūtra might be found. You should know that those places are stūpas that are worthy of veneration; they should be circumambulated ceremoniously, and decorated with incense and flowers.