The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

The Diamond Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

Section 32

“Subhuti, if someone were to make offerings of the seven types of jewels in sufficient numbers to fill an asaṃkhyeya [infinite] number of world-systems, or, if gentlemen and gentlewomen who had aroused the aspiration for bodhi [change “aroused the aspiration for bodhi” 發菩提心 to “aroused the bodhisattva mind” 發菩薩心, following the majority of editions, including the Korean?] retained even a four-line verse of this sūtra and were to accept, keep, read, and recite it and explain it to others, their merit would be greater than that of the other one. How should one explain it to others? Do not grasp at its characteristics; remain just so and unmoving. Why is this? All compounded dharmas are like a dream, a mirage, a bubble, and a shadow; they are like dew and like lightning. So should you view them.”
After the Buddha had finished preaching this sūtra, the Elder Subhuti, all the bhikṣus and bhikṣuṇīs, the upāsakas and upāsikas, and all the divinities, humans, and asuras of this world heard what the Buddha had preached and were all ecstatic; they accepted it in faith and practiced it respectfully.