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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 25

“Subhuti, what do you think? None of you should say that the Tathāgata thinks, ‘I will save sentient beings.’ Subhuti, do not think this. Why is this? There are in reality no sentient beings that the Tathāgata saves, for if there were sentient beings that the Tathāgata saves, then the Tathāgata would retain a sense of a self, a person, a living being, and a soul. Subhuti, the Tathāgata explains that the existence of a self is in fact not the existence of a self, but ordinary persons (pṛthagjana) all presume that there is a self. Subhuti, the Tathāgata explains that these so-called ‘ordinary persons’ are in fact not ordinary persons; these are called ‘ordinary persons.’