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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 30

“Subhuti, suppose a gentleman or a gentlewoman were to pulverize the world-systems of trichiliocosm into the finest of dust motes. What do you think? Would there be a lot of dust motes, or not?” “There would be an awful lot, World Honored One. Why is this? If all those finest of dust motes existed in reality, the Buddha would not have said that they are the finest of dust motes. What is the reason for this? The Buddha explains that the finest of dust motes are not in fact dust motes; this is called the ‘finest of dust motes.’ World Honored One, what the Tathāgata described as the world-systems of the trichiliocosm are in fact not world-systems; therefore, they are called ‘world-systems.’ Why is this? If those world-systems existed in reality, then they would be marked by a composite quality. But the Tathāgata has explained that a composite quality is in fact not a composite quality; this is called a ‘composite quality.’ Subhuti, this ‘composite quality’ is in fact ineffable, and yet ordinary persons cling to such phenomena.”