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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 26

“Subhuti, what do you think? Is it possible to recognize the Tathāgata through his thirty-two physical characteristics, or not?” Subhuti replied, “So it is; so it is. The Tathāgata may be identified through his thirty-two physical characteristics.” The Buddha said, “Subhuti, if it were possible to identify the Tathāgata through his thirty-two physical characteristics, then a wheel-turning holy emperor [cakravartin, who also possesses these same characteristics] would in fact be a tathāgata.” Subhuti addressed the Buddha, saying, “World Honored One, as I understand the meaning of what you have said, one should not identify the Tathāgata through his thirty-two physical characteristics.” At that time, the World Honored one spoke a gāthā:
Those who look for me in my physical form,
Or seek me in the sound [of my voice],
Those people practice a perverse path,
They will never be able to see the Tathāgata .