Friday, July 8, 2011

Vajrachedika Prajna Paramita Sutra

I love reciting the Diamond Sutra on Friday mornings, and often find myself moved by what I am reading. In recent weeks that hadn't been happening, but it was there again today:
"What do you think, Subhuti, is the extent of space in the East easy to measure? Subhuti replied: No indeed, O Lord. The Lord asked: In like manner, is it easy to measure the extent of space in the South, West, North, downwards, upwards, in the intermediate directions, in all the ten directions all around? Subhuti replied: No indeed, O Lord. The Lord said: Even so the heap of merit of that Bodhi-being who unsupported gives a gift is not easy to measure. That is why, Subhuti, those who have set out in the Bodhisattva-vehicle, should give gifts without being supported by the notion of a sign".

2 comments:

Shannon said...

Shundo- thank you for posting this and your other quotes from sutras and texts. I don't have access to these texts and, quite frankly, wouldn't know where to begin to read them even if I did. Your choice of quotes and your personal connection to them often illuminate the teaching for me. Thank you.

Shundo said...

That's what we're here for Shannon.