Sutras, Diamonds, and Community

“…coming here is just a habit.” But why tho.

It occurs to me now that it’s just what remains if you subtract everything. All gains and achievements are illusory. The fruits of such endeavors may be enjoyed for a time. But like waking up from a dream, ultimately there is not a thing to grasp, nothing whatsoever to hold on to, nothing to rely on. There is only the Dharma [of no dharma]. I come here every now and then to be a part of this timeless conversation when there is nowhere else to go. Lurking around here, seeing diligent seekers and wayfarers interacting like this in a community puts a smile on my face. I know you know that smile.

The sutras are talked about a lot around here. But I don’t see the Diamond Sutra getting much love. I would say that this text is at the top of my “best of all time” list. It is basically Buddha being Zen for thirty two pages. It can be read in less than an hour and for me, every time I read it is like the first time. There is that “something” that you can’t take away from it.

Therefore anyone who seeks total Enlightenment should discard not only all conceptions of their own selfhood, of other selves, or of a universal self, but they should also discard all notions of the non-existence of such concepts.

All that has a form is illusive and unreal. When you see that all forms are illusive and unreal, then you will begin to perceive your Buddha nature.

And yet, even as I speak, Subhuti, I must take back my words as soon as they are uttered, for there are no Buddhas and there are no teachings.

A disciple should develop a mind which is in no way dependent upon sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensory sensations, or any mental conceptions. A disciple should develop a mind which does not rely on anything.

Therefore, Subhuti, the minds of all disciples should be purified of all thoughts that relate to seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and discriminating. They should use their minds spontaneously and naturally, without being constrained by preconceived notions arising from the senses.

Subhuti, you should know that the meaning of this Sutra is beyond conception and discussion. Likewise, the fruit resulting from receiving and practicing this Sutra is beyond conception and discussion.

Discuss that!

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“…coming here is just a habit.” But why tho. It occurs to me now that it’s just what remains if you subtract everything. All gains and achievements are illusory. The fruits of such endeavors may be enjoyed for a time. But like waking up from a dream, ultimately there is not a thing to grasp,…

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