Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The wisdom of Diamond Sutra - chapter 25

第二十五品 化无所化分


My translation of Chapter 25 of Diamond Sutra: Dissolve all absolutes

Subhuti, what do you think? You should say Tathagata preaches as follows: "I shall bring all sentient beings to Enlightenment". Subhuti, you shouldn't have this kind of thinking. Why? Tathagata doesn't have any sentient being mind. If there is any sentient being being in Tathagata's mind, Tathagata will also have the absolute conception of I, people, sentient beings, longevity. Subhuti! When Tathagata said, "I, he doesn't have an absolute me, only common folks incorrectly hold on to an absolute me." Subhuti, and when I refer to "common folks", I also do not hold on to an absolute concept of "common folks", I am just referring to a label.

Paul's comment: This is the fundamental concept of Diamond Sutra revisited. One must see illusion out of absolute, ultimately it will also include ME.


  1. Appreciating the wisdom of this post...no absolute 'I', instead all life itself, if I read it correctly. Cheers, Paul!

  2. Thanks for your comments, and your kind sharing of your good insight. I have read the Diamond Sutra many times, and I have been surprised by the fact that I was able to be inspired by it every time!!!


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