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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 28

“Subhuti, suppose a bodhisattva were to make offerings of the seven types of jewels in sufficient numbers to fill world-systems as numerous as the sands of the Ganges River. Furthermore, if there were a person who knows that all dharmas are nonself and perfects forbearance, the merit gained by this bodhisattva would be far superior to that of the preceding bodhisattva. Why is this? Subhuti, it is because all bodhisattvas do not acquire merit.” Subhuti addressed the Buddha, saying, “World Honored One, why is it that bodhisattvas do not acquire merit?” “Subhuti, bodhisattvas should not cling to the merit they have made; for this reason, I say that they do not acquire merit.