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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 31

“Subhuti, suppose someone were to say, ‘The Buddha preaches the view of a self, the view of a person, the view of a living being, and the view of a soul.’ Subhuti, what do you think? Has this person understood the meaning of what I have preached, or not?” “No, World Honored One, this person has not understood the meaning of what the Tathāgata has preached. Why is this? The World Honored One preaches that the view of a self, the view of a person, the view of a living being, and the view of a soul are not the view of a self, the view of a person, the view of a living being, and the view of a soul; this is called the view of a self, the view of a person, the view of a living being, and the view of a soul.” “Subhuti, those who aspire to anuttarasamyaksaṃbodhi should in this wise know all dharmas, in this wise view them and in this wise believe in and understand them; they should not generate any characteristics of dharmas. Subhuti, the Tathāgata has said that these so-called ‘characteristics of dharmas’ are in fact not characteristics of dharmas; therefore, they are called ‘characteristics of dharmas.’