The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra

Thich Nhat Hanh

Language: English

Pages: 115

ISBN: 0938077511

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusions presents a dialogue between the Buddha and his disciple Subhuti which illuminates how our minds construct limited categories of thought. It offers us alternative ways to look at the world in its wholeness so we can encounter a deeper reality; develop reverence for the environment and more harmonious communities, families, and relationships; and act in the world skillfully and effectively.

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are truly in the spirit of prajñaparamita and free from misperceptions. Many of us want to help other people and practice generosity. But when we’re caught by the four notions, the happiness that results from our generosity is not very great. We’re still angry, jealous, sad; we still suffer because we still believe in the idea of our separate self, person, living being, and life span. If we practice generosity according to the spirit of the Diamond Sutra, using the wisdom of nondiscrimination as

is not in fact creating a serene and beautiful Buddha field. That is why it is called creating a serene and beautiful Buddha field.” Upon attaining enlightenment, all Buddhas and bodhisattvas open a new world for people on the path of realization who want to study and practice with them. Every Buddha creates a pure land as a practice center. A pure land is a fresh, beautiful place where people are happy and peaceful. Creating a pure land is called “setting up a serene and beautiful Buddha

up in the idea of a self, a person, a living being, and a life span. World-Honored One, you have often said that I have attained the concentration of peaceful abiding and that in the community, I am the Arhat who has most transformed need and desire. World-Honored One, if I were to think that I had attained the fruit of Arhatship, you certainly would not have said that I love to dwell in the concentration of peaceful abiding.” 10 The Buddha asked Subhuti, “In ancient times when the Tathagata

only the Buddha eye, but also the eyes of the bodhisattvas, shravakas, gods, humans, and all other living beings. The fact that the Buddha has a human eye gives us a pleasant feeling. It makes us feel closer to the Buddha. It means that what the Buddha accomplished, we too have the ability to accomplish. “Subhuti, what do you think? Does the Buddha see the sand in the Ganges as sand?” Subhuti said, “World-Honored One, the Tathagata also calls it sand.” “Subhuti, if there were as many Ganges

virtuous act would be far greater.” 12 “Furthermore, Subhuti, any plot of land on which this sutra is proclaimed, even if only one gatha of four lines, will be a land where gods, men, and ashuras will come to make offerings just as they make offerings to a stupa of the Buddha. If the plot of land is regarded as that sacred, how much more so the person who practices and recites this sutra. Subhuti, you should know that that person attains something rare and profound. Wherever this sutra is kept

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