Diamond Sutra, chapter 16

The Buddha then asked Subhuti, “Do I have human eyes?”

“Subhuti replied, “Yes, you have human eyes.”

“Does I have the eyes of Enlightenment?”

“Yes.”

“Do I have the eyes of transcendent intelligence?”

“Yes.”

“Do I have the eyes of spiritual intuition?”

“Yes.”

“Do I have the eyes of love and compassion for all sentient beings?”

Subhuti said, “Yes, you love all sentient life.”

Here the Buddha is trying to understand Subhuti’s level of devotion. He wants to make sure Subhuti is worthy of this teaching, although I”m sure he already knows the truth. Subhuti makes clear with his answers that he has fully and completely accepted the Buddha as his Guru.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg is an independent dharma teacher living in Kansas City. He gives online teachings through the Open Heart Project. His writing has appeared in Lion's Roar, Patheos, Tattooed Buddha, and Elephant Journal.

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