The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 16

“Furthermore, Subhuti, if a gentleman or gentlewoman who accepts, keeps, reads, and recites this sūtra is despised by other people, that person should have fallen into a baleful destiny due to his transgressive karman in a previous lifetime; but because he is someone who is despised in this present life, that transgressive karman from a past lifetime will dissipate and he will attain anuttarasamyaksaṃbodhi. Subhuti, I recall that, in the past, for an immeasurable number of asaṃkhyeyakalpas prior to Dīpaṃkara Buddha, I encountered eighty-four trillion nayutas of buddhas to whom I made offerings and whom I served without inadvertently skipping over any of them. But, furthermore, if there were a person in the subsequent degenerate age [of the dharma] who is able to accept, keep, read, and recite this sūtra, the merit he will gain will be a hundred, thousand, ten-thousand, or a million times greater than the merit I gained from making offerings to all those buddhas; it is so much greater that it exceeds any possible analogy for its computation. Subhuti, if I were to fully explain the merit that would be gained by a gentleman or a gentlewoman in the subsequent degenerate age who accepts, keeps, reads, and recites this sūtra, the mind of a person who might hear of that would go mad and he would be uncertain and not believe it. Subhuti, you should know that the meaning of this sūtra is inconceivable, and its rewards are also inconceivable.”