Friday, July 8, 2011

The wisdom of Diamond Sutra Chapter 11


須菩提!如恆河沙中所有沙數,如是沙等恆河,於意云 何?是諸恆河沙,寧為多不?





My rendition: The unconstrained always the greatest

“Subhuti, what do you think? If there were as many Ganges Rivers as the grains of sand in the Ganges, wouldn’t the amount of sand contained in all those Ganges Rivers be great?” Subhuti said, “Extremely great, World Honored One. If even the number of the Ganges Rivers is innumerable, how many more will their grains of sand be?” “Subhuti, now I tell you truthfully: If a good man or good woman filled as many trichiliocosms (三千大千世界) as the grains of sand in all those Ganges Rivers with the seven jewels, and gave them away in charity, wouldn’t this merit be great?” “Extremely great, World Honored One.” The Buddha said to Subhuti: “If a good man or good woman is takes vows on this Sutra like a four-line verse etc. and explain its teachings to others, his or her merit will be far greater.”

Paul's comment: No matter how wild one's imagination in expressing greatness, one can't top the greatness unconstrained by one's perception. The limited is always less than the unlimited.

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