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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 19

“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 lot of merit through those causes and conditions, or not?” “Yes, indeed, World Honored One, this person would gain an awful lot of merit through those causes and conditions.” “Subhuti, if that merit were real, the Tathāgata would not say that he would gain a lot of merit. But because that merit is nonexistent, the Tathāgata says that he would gain a lot of merit.