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The Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra

Vajra Sutra Liturgy
Incense Praise
Incense in the censer now is burning, All the Dharma Realm receives the fragrance. From afar the sea-vast host of Buddhas, All inhale its sweetness. In every place auspicious clouds appearing Our sincere intentions thus fulfilling As all Buddhas show their perfect bodies Namo Incense Cloud Canopy Bodhisattva, Mahasattva Namo Incense Cloud Canopy Bodhisattva, Mahasattva Namo Incense Cloud Canopy Bodhisattva, Mahasattva

Invoking Spiritual Presence Before Reciting the Vajra Sutra
(A person who wants to recite the Vajra Sutra, must first sincerely recite the Mantra (True Words) for Purifying the Karma of the Mouth, and then invite the Eight Vajra-Spirits and next invoke the Four Bodhisattvas' names. Then they will protect the cultivator at all times and places.)

Mantra for Purifying the Karma of the Mouth
Syou Li Syou Li Mwo He Syou Li Syou Syou Li Sa Wa He.

Mantra for Purifying the Three Modes of Karma
Nan. Sa Wa Pwo Wa Shu Two. Sa Wa Da Mwo Sa Wa. Pwo Wa Shu Duo Han.

Mantra for Calming the Earth
Na Mwo San Man Dwo. Mu Two Nan

All bring forth the resolve for Bodhi. Mantra for Making Universal Offerings Nan. On Making Vows I bow my head to the one honored in all three realms I take refuge with the Buddhas of all Ten Directions I now make this solemn vow To always uphold this Vajra Sutra Above may my rewards go to Repaying the Four Kinds of Kindness above. So that when this retribution body is done. And aiding those below in the three paths of suffering. We will be reborn together In the Land of Utmost Happiness. We respectfully invite the Vajra Who Banishes Toxins We respectfully invite the Yellow Vajra Who Grant Wishes We respectfully invite the White Vajra Who Purifies Water We respectfully invite the Red Vajra Whose Sound Brings Fire We respectfully invite the Vajra Who Pacifies Disasters We respectfully invite the Vajra Purple Worthy We respectfully invite the Vajra Great Spirit. Ye Ye Nang San Pwo Wa Wa Dz La Hung Inviting the Eight Vajra Spirits We respectfully invite the Green Vajra Who Banishes Disasters. Inviting the Four Bodhisattvas We respectfully invite The Bodhisattva Vajra Company We respectfully invite The Bodhisattva Vajra Rope We respectfully invite The Bodhisattva Vajra Affection We respectfully invite The Bodhisattva Vajra Speech. May those who see and hear of this. The Questions Chant How can I attain a vajra-indestructible body that will live long? Tell me the reasons why one gets great enduring strength How can I reach the other shore by reciting this sutra I hope the Buddha will explain these subtle secrets .Nan Du Lu Du Lu Di Wei Sa Pwo He.

subtle. within my sight and hearing.And show them extensively to all beings. Invoking the Buddha's Holy Name Namo Fundamental Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha (3x) Verse for Opening a Sutra The unsurpassed. Now that I've come to receive and hold it. wonderful Dharma. is difficult to encounter. In a hundred thousand million eons. The Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra . profound. deep. I vow to fathom the Thus Come One's true and actual meaning.

' Why? Subhuti. Subhuti. boundless numbers of living beings thus taken across to Cessation. Now listen attentively." WONDERFUL PRACTICE IS TO NOT RELY ON ANYTHING. those not totally endowed with thought. should subdue their minds thus: 'I must cause all living beings-those born from eggs." THE ORTHODOX DOCTRINE OF THE GREAT VEHICLE. nor sounds." "Yes indeed. TWO At that time the Elder Subhuti arose from his seat in the great assembly. and those not totally without thought--to enter Nirvana without residue and be taken across to Cessation. he returned to his dwelling. That is to say. After he washed his feet. Mahasattvas. Yet of the immeasurable. by transformation. The Thus Come One protects and cares well for all Bodhisattvas and well favors all Bodhisattvas. a Bodhisattva should not rely on anything when giving. there is actually no living being taken across to Cessation. THREE The Buddha told Subhuti. "All Bodhisattvas.THE REASONS FOR THE DHARMA ASSEMBLY. SUBHUTI'S REQUEST. Why? If a Bodhisattva does not . joined his palms together respectfully and addressed the Buddha. others. I shall tell you. Subhuti. "Very good. "How rare. numberless. those with thought. I am delighted and wish to listen. or a life. moisture. those with form. together with a gathering of great Bhikshus. is the Thus Come One who protects and cares well for all Bodhisattvas and well favors all Bodhisattvas. as to dharmas. living beings. World Honored One. a Bodhisattva should give thus: he should not rely on appearances. At meal time the World Honored One put on his robe. those without thought. A good man or good woman who resolves his mind on Anuttarasamyaksambodhi should thus rely and thus subdue his mind. at one time the Buddha dwelt at Shravasti in the Jeta Grove in the Garden of the Benefactor of Orphans and the Forlorn. uncovered his right shoulder. he put his robe and bowl away. if a Bodhisattva has an appearance of self. It is as you say. twelve hundred fifty in all. FOUR "Moreover. he arranged his seat and sat down. tastes. very good Subhuti. he is not a Bodhisattva. When his meal was completed. placed his right knee on the ground. tangible objects or dharmas. when giving. wombs. those without form. he should neither rely on forms. smells. ONE Thus I have heard. World Honored One. took up his bowl and entered the great city of Shravasti to collect alms. if a good man or good woman resolves his mind on Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. World Honored One. After he had finished his sequential alms-round. on what should he rely? How should he subdue his mind?" The Buddha said.

will believe such phrases and accept them as true. Because of this principle the Thus Come One always says. or in the intermediate directions. it is not possible to see Thus Come One in his physical appearances. Why? Because those living beings no longer cling to the appearances of self. what do you think. others.'" NOTHING ATTAINED. you should not cling to non-dharmas. are just as inconceivable and immeasurable. living beings and a life. "World Honored One. that would be attachment to a self. that would be attachment to a self. Therefore. north. Why? If those living beings' minds cling to appearances. SIX Subhuti addressed the Buddha. that would be attachment to a self." PROPER FAITH IS RARE. World Honored One. you should not cling to dharmas. FIVE "Subhuti. his blessings and virtues are inconceivable and immeasurable. Such living beings will thus obtain immeasurable blessings and virtues. 'Bhikshus. two Buddhas. If they cling to appearances of dharmas. west. nor to the appearances of dharmas or non-dharmas. then one sees the Thus Come One. living beings and a life. others. Why? If they cling to the appearances of non-dharmas. You must let go of dharmas. four. Why? Because the physical appearances mentioned by the Thus Come One are not physical appearances. is space in the south." GENUINE DISCERNMENT OF THE PRINCIPLE OF SUCHNESS. "Do not say that! In the last five hundred years after the Thus Come One's Cessation. Even more so let go of non-dharmas. If one sees all appearances as no appearances." "Subhuti. there will be those who. but they have planted good roots at the places of immeasurable tens of millions of Buddhas. and have even a single thought of pure faith. is it possible to see the Thus Come One in his physical appearances?" "No World Honored One. You should know that such people have not planted good roots with just one Buddha. "All appearances are empty and false. a Bodhisattva should rely only on the teachings. living beings. three Buddhas. holding the moral precepts and cultivating blessings." "Subhuti. Subhuti. SEVEN . above or below conceivable or measurable?" "No. in the future will there be living beings who truly believe upon hearing such phrases?" The Buddha told Subhuti. or a life. "Subhuti. others. or five Buddhas. you should all know that the Dharma I speak is like a raft. The Thus Come One knows and sees all people who hear these phrases. the blessings and virtues of a Bodhisattva who does not rely on appearances when giving. others.rely on appearances when giving." The Buddha said to Subhuti. is space in the east conceivable or measurable?" "No World Honored One. what do you think. living beings and a life. NOTHING SPOKEN. Subhuti.

what do you think."Subhuti. Why? Anagamin means 'one who does not return.' World Honored One." THEY ARISE FROM DHARMA." "Subhuti. NINE "Subhuti. tangible objects or dharmas." "If on the other hand. smells. sounds. the Thus Come One says they are many blessings and virtues.' but actually he does not return. would such a person obtain many blessings and virtues?" Subhuti said. It is neither Dharma nor non-dharma. "Very many World Honored One. living beings and to a life. he has not entered anything.' but actually he is without not returning. "No World Honored One. by this I mean the Buddha and the Dharma are not the Buddha and the Dharma. and there are not any predetermined Dharmas which the Thus Come One could speak. "As I understand what the Buddha has said.' And yet. 'Have I attained the Fruition of Anagamin?'" Subhuti said. 'I have attained the Way of the Arhat." "Subhuti. Why? Sakrdagamin means 'one who returns once more. a person were to accept and uphold even so few as four lines of verse from this Sutra and speak them for others. can a Sakrdagamin have the thought. there is no predetermined Dharma called Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. He has not entered forms. Therefore he is called a Sakrdagamin. what do you think. "No World Honored One. Why? All the Dharma which the Thus Come One has spoken can neither be clung to nor spoken of. Why? These blessings and virtues do not refer to the essential nature of blessings and virtues. Therefore. Therefore he is called an Anagamin. can an Anagamin have the thought. 'Have I attained the Fruition of Shrotaapana'?" Subhuti said. Why? Subhuti. others. Why? Shrotaapana means 'one who has entered the flow." "Subhuti. can a Shrotaapana have the thought. did the Thus Come One attain Anuttarasamyaksambodhi? Did the Thus Come One speak any Dharma?" Subhuti answered.' that would be an attachment to self. World Honored One. Why is that so? All Worthy Ones and Sages are different because of Unconditioned Dharmas. 'Have I attained the Way of the Arhat?'" Subhuti said. can an Arhat have the thought. 'Have I attained the Fruition of Sakrdagamin'?" Subhuti said. Why? Actually there is no dharma called 'Arhat. if an Arhat had the thought. the Buddha has said that I am . Subhuti. EIGHT "Subhuti. tastes. what do you think. if a person gave as a gift the seven kinds of precious gems in quantity enough to fill up a Threefold Great Thousand World System. this person's blessings would surpass the blessings of the individual mentioned above." THE ONE APPEARANCE IS BEYOND APPEARANCES. "No World Honored One. what do you think. what do you think. what do you think. Therefore he is called a Shrotaapana. "No World Honored One. all Buddhas and their Dharma of Anuttarasamyaksambodhi come from this Sutra.

the Thus Come One did not actually obtain any Dharma when he was with Burning Lamp Buddha.' If I had the thought. Why? One who adorns Buddhalands does not adorn anything. He should produce a mind which does not rely on anything. those blessings and virtues would surpass the previous blessings and virtues. how much the more so the grains of sands contained in them. suppose a person had a body like Sumeru.foremost in the attainment of the No Strife Samadhi. just . he is called. suppose there were as many Ganges Rivers as there are grains of sand in the Ganges River. Would that person obtain many blessings?" Subhuti said.' Since Subhuti actually does not practice anything. "Subhuti. Suppose a good man or good woman had filled with the Seven Kinds of Precious Gems as many Threefold Great Thousand World Systems as there are grains of sand in all those Ganges Rivers and gave them as an offering. I am speaking truthfully. tastes." "Subhuti what do you think? Does a Bodhisattva adorn Buddhalands?" "No World Honored One. "Very many World Honored One. Why? The Buddha says it is not a body. 'Subhuti is foremost of those who delight in practicing Aranya." REVERING THE PROPER TEACHING. What do you think? Would that body be big?" Subhuti addressed the Buddha. I do not have the thought. Subhuti. TWELVE "Moreover. all Bodhisattvas Mahasattvas should thus produce a pure mind which does not rely on forms. king of mountains. World Honored One. TEN The Buddha said to Subhuti. ELEVEN "Subhuti. 'I am an Arhat free from desire. Subhuti. sounds. "If a good man or good woman were to accept and uphold even so few as four lines of verse from this Sutra and speak them for others. That many Ganges rivers alone would be uncountable. would the grains of sand in all those Ganges Rivers be many?" Subhuti said. smells." "Therefore Subhuti. What do you think. and I am the foremost Arhat free from desire. tangible objects or dharmas.' then the World Honored One would not say.'" ADORNING PURE LANDS." The Buddha told Subhuti. 'Subhuti who delights in practicing Aranya. Therefore it is called adorning. "Very big World Honored One. know that all the gods. 'I have attained the Way of the Arhat. Yet. Therefore it is called a big body. "Very many World Honored One. "What do you think? Did the Thus Come One obtain any Dharma when he was with Burning Lamp Buddha in the past?" "No World Honored One. humans and asuras of the world should make offerings to any place where even as few as four lines of verse from this Sutra have been spoken." THE SUPREMACY OF UNCONDITIONED BLESSINGS.

FOURTEEN At that time. The Thus Come One says that world systems are not world systems. Therefore they are called particles of dust. You should uphold it by that name. the Thus Come One says that particles of dust are not particles of dust. uphold." "Subhuti. know that such a person has accomplished foremost and rare merit and virtue. "The name of this Sutra is Vajra Prajna Paramita. Wherever this Sutra is found. "The Thus Come One has not spoken any Dharma. and addressed the Buddha. Why? The Thus Come One says that the Thirty-two Physical Appearances are not physical appearances. "Very many World Honored One.as they would make offerings to a Buddha. is this Sutra so profoundly explained by the Buddha. Therefore the Thus Come One calls it the Appearance of Reality. is it possible to see the Thus Come One in his Thirty-two Physical Appearances?" "No World Honored One. it is not possible see the Thus Come One in his Thirty-two Physical Appearances. World Honored One." "Subhuti. Subhuti wept and felt remorse. the Appearance of Reality is without appearance. read and recite this Sutra. that person's blessings would be greater. Therefore it is called Prajna Paramita. "World Honored One." LEAVING APPEARANCES AND STILL CESSATION. Therefore they are called the Thirty-two Physical Appearances. but if another person were to accept and uphold even as few as four lines of verse of this Sutra and explain them for others. From the time I attained the eye of wisdom until the present. "Subhuti." "Subhuti. "How rare." ACCEPTING AND UPHOLDING THE DHARMA OF "THUSNESS". "World Honored One. has the Thus Come One spoken any Dharma?" Subhuti addressed the Buddha. are there many particles of dust in a Threefold Great Thousand World System?" Subhuti said. "World Honored One. now as . what do you think. a good man or good woman might give away his body as many times as there are grains of sand in the Ganges River. Subhuti you should know that such people accomplish the supreme. I have never heard such a Sutra. what name should we give this Sutra. World Honored One. what do you think. Therefore they are called world systems. and how should we uphold it?" The Buddha told Subhuti. what do you think. a stupa or a temple. How much the more should they make offerings to any place where there are people who can completely accept. if someone listens to this Sutra with a mind of pure faith and can bring forth the Appearance of Reality. Why? The Buddha said that Prajna Paramita is not Prajna Paramita. THIRTEEN Then Subhuti addressed the Buddha. upon hearing this sutra and deeply understanding its purport. there is a Buddha or reverent disciple. "Subhuti. foremost and most rare of dharmas.

the appearance of others. read or recite this Sutra. He should bring forth thoughts which do not rely on anything. In the future. Why? When I was cut limb from limb." The Buddha told Subhuti. understand. "Subhuti. smells. if there are living beings who when they hear this Sutra. I believe. living beings or a life. I was the Patient Immortal. "Subhuti. or dharmas. "Subhuti. accept and uphold it. For that reason. or terrified. "Moreover Subhuti. A Bodhisattva who gives with a mind that does not rely on dharmas is like a person with eyes who can see all kinds of things in the bright sunlight. because the Bodhisattva wishes to benefit all living beings. the appearance of living beings. Subhuti. uphold. "The Thus Come One says that all appearances are actually not appearances. Why? Subhuti. and the appearance of a life. I would have been outraged. then the Thus Come One using his Buddha-wisdom will thoroughly know and thoroughly see such a person. Why? Subhuti. an appearance of others. of living beings or of a life. a Bodhisattva should relinquish all appearances and bring forth the mind of Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. 'The Bodhisattva's mind should not rely on forms when he gives. in the past when the King of Kalinga dismembered my body. the foremost Paramita spoken of by the Thus Come One is not the foremost Paramita. I had no appearance of a self. "So it is. tangible objects. the Dharma the Thus Come One obtained is neither true nor false. an appearance of living beings or an appearance of a life. they will be outstanding and most rare. He never deceives nor are his words peculiar. Subhuti. others. Why? The appearance of self is actually no appearance. During all those lives I was without the appearance of a self. in the last five hundred years. Therefore the Buddha says. and that all living beings are actually not living beings. Any relying of the mind is not relying. understand. of others. he should give in this way. Why? Such people will be without the appearance of a self.' Subhuti. the Thus Come One speaks the truth. The appearance of others. the appearance of living beings and the appearance of a life are actually not appearances. He speaks factually. If someone hears this Sutra and is not frightened. He speaks of things as they really are. believe. tastes. the Paramita of patience spoken of by the Thus Come One is not the Paramita of patience. Subhuti. for five hundred lives.I listen to this Sutra. Therefore it is called the foremost Paramita. Why? All those who are called Buddhas have relinquished all appearances. I recall that in the past. He should bring forth thoughts which do not rely on forms or which do not rely on sounds. That person will obtain . alarmed. Therefore it is called the Paramita of patience. a Bodhisattva who gives with a mind relying on dharmas is like a person in the dark who sees nothing at all. if in the future there is a good man or good woman who can accept. you should know such a person is most rare. if I had an appearance of a self. accept and uphold it without difficulty. so it is.

if a good man or good woman who accepts. Know that this place is a Stupa. for immeasurable asamkhyeya kalpas. accept. a good man or good woman might in the morning give away as many bodies as there are grains of sand in the Ganges River. "Subhuti. his previous karmic offenses are destroyed and he will attain Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. and again at noon give away as many bodies as there are grains of sand in the Ganges River. "Subhuti. or a million times more than the merit and virtue I gained from making offerings to all those Buddhas. "Subhuti. But if someone else were to hear this Sutra and believe it without reservation. uphold. if I were to explain in detail the merit and virtue of a . incalculable. his blessings would surpass the blessings of the former person. giving away bodies like that throughout immeasurable hundreds of thousands of billions of kalpas. But as a result of the ridicule he receives from others in his present life. All beings should pay respect. FIFTEEN "Subhuti. humans. read. read or recite this Sutra or explain it for others. recite and explain this Sutra for others. is ridiculed. If there are others in the Final Period who can accept. prior to Dipankara Buddha. I made offerings to and served them all without exception. the gods. It is so great that it exceeds all calculations and comparisons. and asuras of the world should make offerings wherever this Sutra is found. SIXTEEN "Moreover Subhuti. a view of living beings and a view of a life. to sum it up. accept. for those intent on the foremost vehicle. reads or recites this Sutra." KARMIC OBSTRUCTIONS CAN BE PURIFIED. and again in the evening give away as many bodies as there are grains of sand in the Ganges River. read. incalculable and boundless. "Subhuti. recite and extensively explain this Sutra for others. I recall that in the past. This person cannot hear. The Thus Come One knows and sees all people who can accept. read or recite this Sutra. a thousand times more. Why? Subhuti. one who delights in lesser dharmas is attached to a view of a self. uphold. How much greater the blessings would be if one could write out. a view of others. circumambulate and decorate it with incense and flowers. Such people perfect immeasurable." THE MERIT AND VIRTUE GAINED FROM UPHOLDING THIS SUTRA. boundless and inconceivable merit and virtue and sustain the Thus Come One's Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. the merit and virtue they obtain is a hundred times more. The Thus Come One spoke it for those intent on the Great Vehicle. uphold. the merit and virtue of this Sutra is inconceivable.immeasurable and boundless merit and virtue. worship. uphold. that is because that person has karmic offenses from past lives which destine him for the evil paths. ten thousand times more. I encountered eighty-four trillion nayutas of Buddhas. upholds.

SEVENTEEN Then Subhuti addressed the Buddha. did he attain the dharma of Anuttarasamyaksambodhi?" "No World Honored One.' Why? 'Thus Come One' means 'all dharmas are "thus"." The Buddha said. Subhuti. what are spoken of as 'all dharmas'. the Thus Come One says that all dharmas are Buddhadharma. "Subhuti. Therefore they are called 'all dharmas. others.' Someone might say the Thus Come One attained Anuttarasamyaksambodhi." ULTIMATELY THERE IS NO SELF. what do you think.' Since I did not actually attain the dharma of Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. So too are the rewards it generates. Burning Lamp Buddha gave me the prediction saying these words.' then he could not be called a Bodhisattva. "So it is. For what reason? Subhuti." Subhuti said. suppose there is a person with a big body. you should know that the principles in this Sutra are inconceivable. so it is Subhuti. on what should he rely? How should he subdue his mind?" The Buddha told Subhuti. there is nothing true nor false in the Anuttarasamyaksambodhi the Thus Come One attains.' "Subhuti. "World Honored One. reads or recites this Sutra. "A good man or good woman who resolves his mind on Anuttarasamyaksambodhi should think thus: 'I should take all living beings across to Cessation. 'I should take across immeasurable living beings to Cessation. but actually the Buddha did not attain the dharma of Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. are not all dharmas. upholds. Subhuti. then those who hear might go insane or disbelieve. 'You will in the future become a Buddha with the name Shakyamuni. accepts. Therefore. living beings or a life." "Subhuti. Therefore it is called a big body. living beings or a life. who in the Final Period. then Burning Lamp Buddha would not have given me the prediction: 'You will in the future become a Buddha with the name Shakyamuni. Subhuti. Subhuti. "World Honored One. when the Buddha was with Burning Lamp Buddha. Why? Subhuti. If he said. Therefore the Buddha says that all dharmas are without self. there is really no dharma called a Bodhisattva. if the Thus Come One had actually attained the dharma of Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. he is not a Bodhisattva. Yet when all living beings have been taken across to Cessation. actually not one living being has been taken across to Cessation. if a good man or good woman resolves his mind on Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. actually there is no such dharma as resolving one's mind on Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. As I understand what the Buddha has said. when the Thus Come One was with Burning Lamp Buddha. Subhuti.good man or good woman. a Bodhisattva is also like this. . the Thus Come One speaks of a big body as not being a big body.' Why? Subhuti. if a Bodhisattva has an appearance of self. The Thus Come One did not actually attain the dharma of Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. he did not attain the dharma of Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. others.

The Thus Come One has the Heavenly Eye. the Thus Come One would not speak about obtaining many blessings. what do you think. The Thus Come One has the Wisdom Eye." CONTEMPLATING THE ONENESS OF EVERYTHING. you cannot hold on to present thoughts.' he could not be called a Bodhisattva. That person on account of his giving would obtain very many blessings. . EIGHTEEN "Subhuti. 'I should adorn Buddhalands. The Thus Come One has said that all that sand is sand. But because these blessings and virtues do not exist. The Thus Come One has the Buddha Eye." "Subhuti." The Buddha told Subhuti." "Subhuti. what do you think." "Subhuti. does the Thus Come One have the Flesh Eye?" "So it is World Honored One. what do you think. does the Thus Come One have the Wisdom Eye?" "So it is World Honored One. does the Thus Come One have the Buddha Eye?" "So it is World Honored One." "Subhuti. Subhuti. the Thus Come One calls him a true Bodhisattva. Therefore it is called adorning Buddhalands. "The Thus Come One thoroughly knows all the various thoughts that occur to every living being in each of those Buddhalands. does the Thus Come One have the Dharma Eye?" "So it is World Honored One. if these blessings and virtues are real. if there were as many Ganges rivers as there are grains of sand in one Ganges River." "Subhuti. if a Bodhisattva comprehends the dharma of no self." LEAVING BOTH FORM AND APPEARANCES. Why? What the Thus Come One speaks of as adorning Buddhalands is not adorning Buddhalands. what do you think. NINETEEN "Subhuti. what do you think. what do you think. Therefore they are called thoughts. has the Thus Come One said that all the sand of the Ganges River is sand?" "So it is World Honored One. World Honored One. would a person because of the causes and conditions of filling a threefold great thousand world system with the seven kinds of precious gems and giving them as an offering. would that be many Buddhalands?" "Very many. what do you think. the Thus Come One speaks of obtaining many blessings. and you cannot obtain future thoughts. what do you think." UNDERSTANDING AND TRANSFORMING THE DHARMA REALM. The Thus Come One has the Dharma Eye. you cannot recover past thoughts." "Subhuti. does the Thus Come One have the Heavenly Eye?" "So it is World Honored One."Subhuti." "Subhuti. Why? The Thus Come One says that all thoughts are not thoughts. obtain many blessings?" "So it is World Honored One. and there were as many Buddhalands as there were grains of sand in all those Ganges rivers. if a Bodhisattva said. The Thus Come One has the Flesh Eye. For what reason? Subhuti.

one should not look for Thus Come One in all his perfect appearances. the wise elder." "Subhuti. do not maintain that the Thus Come One has this thought: 'I have spoken Dharma. did not attain anything?" The Buddha said. should one look for Thus Come One in all his perfect appearances?" "No World Honored One. Subhuti. others. Why? Subhuti. Therefore they are called wholesome dharmas. TWENTY-ONE "Subhuti. living beings and a life. TWENTY-FOUR "Subhuti. Why? If someone says the Thus Come One has spoken Dharma. this Dharma is the common denominator. Subhuti. kings of ." NO DHARMA CAN BE OBTAINED. the Thus Come One says are not wholesome dharmas. Subhuti. TWENTY-TWO Subhuti addressed the Buddha. Subhuti. "World Honored One. what are called wholesome dharmas. Therefore they are called living beings. one should not look for Thus Come One in his perfect physical body. what do you think.' Do not think that way. Why? The Thus Come One has said perfect appearances are not perfect appearances. Therefore it is called Anuttarasamyaksambodhi." A PURE MIND DOES WHOLESOME DEEDS. Therefore it is called Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. no Dharma can be spoken. As to Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. "So it is. as to speaking Dharma." BLESSINGS AND WISDOM BEYOND COMPARE.TWENTY "Subhuti. all the different kinds of living beings the Thus Come One speaks of are not living beings. he slanders the Buddha due to his inability to understand what I teach." WHAT IS SPOKEN IS NOT SPOKEN. is it true that the Thus Come One. "The living beings to whom you refer are neither living beings nor not living beings. "World Honored One." At that time Subhuti. Why? The Thus Come One has said that the perfect physical body is not the perfect physical body. Therefore they are called perfect appearances. should one look for Buddha in his perfect physical body?" "No. will there be living beings in the future who believe in this Sutra when they hear it?" The Buddha said. addressed the Buddha. A person free of self. nothing is higher or lower. suppose someone were to take mounds of the seven precious gems piled as high as all the Sumerus. World Honored One. who cultivates all wholesome dharmas. in attaining Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. attains Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. Therefore it is called the perfect physical body. TWENTYTHREE "Moreover. so it is. there is not the slightest dharma which I could attain. Therefore it is called 'speaking Dharma'. what do you think.

'It was not because he perfected his Physical Appearances that the Thus Come One attained Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. others. TWENTY-FIVE "Subhuti. you might have the thought." The Buddha said. If the Thus Come One saved living beings. and a life. one should not contemplate the Thus Come One in his Thirty-two Physical Appearances." THE DHARMA BODY IS NOT APPEARANCES. then a Wheel Turning Sage King would be the Thus Come One. neither one tenth of a percent. TWENTY-SIX "Subhuti. The former person's blessings and virtues would not equal one percent of the other person's blessings and virtues. if you think in that way. 'It was not because he perfected his Physical Appearances that the Thus Come One attained Anuttarasamyaksambodhi. is it possible to contemplate the Thus Come One in his Thirty-two Physical Appearances?" Subhuti said. Therefore they are called common people. NOT DESTROYED NOR ANNIHILATED. "Subhuti. One who looks for me in forms." TRANSFORMING WITHOUT THERE BEING ANYONE TRANSFORMED. And further suppose someone else were to accept. what do you think? None of you should maintain that the Thus Come One has this thought: 'I shall save living beings. Do not think like that. there is really no self that exists. then the Thus Come One would have a sense of a self. living beings. "Subhuti. in a threefold great thousand world system and give them as an offering. do not think. Practices a deviant path And will never see the Thus Come One." Subhuti addressed the Buddha. although the Thus Come One speaks of the existence of a self. Subhuti. Why? Those who have resolved . if one could contemplate the Thus Come One in his Thirty-two Physical Appearances. read or recite and speak for others as few as four lines of verse from this Prajna Paramita Sutra . common people think they have a self. nor any fraction that could be calculated or expressed by analogy. "So it is. However.' Subhuti. It is possible to contemplate the Thus Come One in his Thirty-two Physical Appearances. nor one thousandth of a percent.mountains. "World Honored One. uphold. as I understand what the Buddha has said. nor one hundredth of a percent. do not think that way.' Subhuti." At that time the World Honored One spoke a verse saying. then those who have resolved their minds on Anuttarasamyaksambodhi would affirm the destruction of all dharmas. Why? In fact the Thus Come One does not save any living beings. TWENTYSEVEN "Subhuti.' Subhuti. so it is. what do you think. the common people that the Thus Come One speaks of are not common people. Or seeks me in sounds.

Why? The Thus Come One does not come from anywhere nor does he go anywhere. Therefore they are called fine particles of dust. Therefore it is called a unity of appearances. Why is this? What the Buddha speaks of as fine particles of dust are not fine particles of dust. a Bodhisattva might fill up world systems equal in number to the grains of sand in the Ganges River with the seven kinds of precious gems and give them as gift. Therefore he is called the Thus Come One. "Very many World Honored One. THIRTY "Subhuti. what the Buddha spoke of as a threefold great thousand world system is not a world system. a unity of appearances cannot really be expressed." NO GREED AND NOTHING ACQUIRED. TWENTY-NINE "Subhuti. such a person does not understand the meaning of my teaching. that would constitute a unity of appearances. how is it that Bodhisattvas do not acquire blessings and virtues?" "Subhuti. does that person . if someone says that it seems as if the Thus Come One comes and goes. that Bodhisattva's merit and virtues would surpass the merit and virtues of the previous Bodhisattva. "World Honored One. TWENTY EIGHT "Subhuti." KNOWLEDGE AND VIEWS ARE NOT PRODUCED. Therefore it is called a world system." THE PRINCIPLE OF A UNITY OF APPEARANCES. What the Thus Come One speaks of as a unity of appearances is not a unity of appearances. Subhuti? Because Bodhisattvas do not acquire blessings and virtues. Bodhisattvas should neither be greedy for. suppose a good man or good woman were to pulverize a threefold great thousand world system into fine particles of dust.their minds on Anuttarasamyaksambodhi do not affirm the destruction of the appearances of all dharmas. nor be attached to the blessings and virtues which they foster. Subhuti. THIRTY-ONE "Subhuti. But if another person were to realize that all dharmas are devoid of self and attain patience. sits or lies down. Why? If those fine particles of dust did exist. but common people become greedily attached to such things. What do you think. Therefore I say they do not acquire blessings and virtues. would those fine particles of dust be many?" Subhuti said. Why." "Subhuti. the Buddha would not have called them fine particles of dust. what do you think. suppose someone were to say that the Buddha spoke of the view of self." Subhuti addressed the Buddha." THE QUIESCENCE OF HIS AWESOME DEMEANOR. Why? If world systems actually existed. the view of others. the view of living beings and the view of a life. "World Honored One.

uphold. a bubble in a stream. Subhuti." "Subhuti. what the Thus Come One speaks of as appearances of dharmas are not appearances of dharmas. the Elder Subhuti. faithfully accepted it. read or recite and extensively explain for others as little as four lines of verse from this Sutra. humans. view of others. Why? So listen to this fleeting world: A star at dawn. Like dew or like a lightning flash. and others from all the worlds. and thus believe and understand and not set up appearances of dharmas. Why? What the World Honored One spoke of as the view of self. upasakas and upasikas. Therefore they are called appearances of dharmas. view of living beings and the view of a life. thus perceive. World Honored One. A flickering lamp. in regards to all dharmas. view of others. that person does not understand the meaning of the Thus Come One's teachings. and asuras. and put it into practice. view of living beings and view of a life is not the view of self. "How should this Sutra be explained for others? By not grasping at appearances and being in unmoving thusness. view of living beings and view of a life." RESPONSES AND TRANSFORMATIONS ARE UNREAL. were extremely happy. End of the Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra . All conditioned dharmas Are like a dream. thus know. and a dream. Contemplate them thus. those who have resolved their minds on Anuttarasamyaksambodhi should. having heard what the Buddha had said.understand the meaning of my teachings?" "No. Further. an illusion. Therefore they are called the view of self. suppose someone were to fill measureless asamkhyeyas of world systems with the seven precious jewels and give them as an offering. a phantom. a bubble or a shadow. view of others. A flash of lightning in a summer cloud." After the Buddha spoke this Sutra. THIRTY-TWO "Subhuti. all the Bhikshus. Bhikshunis. the latter person's blessings would surpass those of the former person. if a good man or good woman who has resolved his mind on Bodhi were to receive. and all the gods.

-. Prajna's flavor is multi-layered With no more than a four-sentence verse Our understanding penetrates right through. .e n d -Copyright © 1998 Buddhist Text Translation Society. Its blessings and virtue we praise without end! Homage to the Jeta-grove's Assembly Of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (3x) Transference May the merit and virtue of this recitation Be shared everywhere with everyone So that I and all living beings Can accomplish Buddhahood together.Mantra For Patching Flaws In the Recitation Na Mwo He La Da Nwo Dwo La Ye Ye Jyu Lwo Jyu Lwo Jyu Ju Jyu Ju Mwo La Mwo La Hu Lu Hung He He Su Dan Nwo Hung Pwo Mwo Nu Swo Pwo He (Recite 3x) Vajra Sutra Praise It severs doubts and inspires faith It ends all marks and o'er leaps all schools So that we instantly forget both people and dharmas And realize true emptiness.

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