Diamond Sutra, chapter 12

Subhuti said to the Buddha, “What should we call this teaching?”

The Buddha replied, “This Sutra shall be known as
‘The Diamond that Cuts through Illusion’.

By this name is should be read and studied. What does this name mean? This Sutra is hard and sharp, like a diamond that will cut away all delusions and bring one to the other shore of Enlightenment.”

“What do you think, Subhuti? Have I taught any definite teaching in this Sutra?”

“No you have not.”

This is the point at which the Buddha describes what this teaching is called. It is called the Diamond Sutra because of it’s power.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg lives in Kansas City with two kids and two cats. He runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. Daniel has a BA in English from KU and he works for the federal government. Once a Novice Monk in the Rinzai Tradition, he dropped out of monk school to become a regular person. He has taken his inspiration mainly from Zen renegades and madmen like Ikkyu and Han Shan. Daniel has taken Bodhisattva Vows in both the Nagarjuna and Asanga lineages. He is a frequent guest teacher on Daily Dharma Gathering.

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