Thursday, July 7, 2011

The wisdom of Diamond Sutra - chapter 7




My rendition: Nothing can be said, nothing can be obtained

“Subhuti, what do you think? Has Tathagata obtained something called Highest Enlightenment (阿耨多羅三藐三菩提)? And does He give out something called the Dharma?” Subhuti said: “As I understand the meaning of what the Buddha has said, there is no physical teaching called Highest Enlightenment. And there is also no physical teaching that the Buddha has conveyed. Why? What Tathagata wanted to say could not be taken by anybody, and actually it could not even be expressed by physical means. What he actually said was therefore not equivalent to Dharma, and of course not equivalent to not-Dharma too. Why so? All sages tried to explain the unexplainable only, and therefore their teachings appear differently in physical forms.

Paul's comment: In Christianity, it is called follow Jesus' path. In Buddhism, it is called follow the Buddha's path. Teachings can be many, but no teaching (or nothing) equals the path. The path is to be followed, taken and experienced. There are many teachings, but which is the right teaching for me? The one that leads you to the path! Corollary: The right teaching will not be the same for everybody.

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