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Diamond Sutra, chapter 19

“Subhuti, I do not have this thought: ‘I have spoken spiritual truths.’

If someone says I have spoken spiritual truths they are mistaken.”

The Buddha is telling us not to be attached to words and letters, which is an important teaching that the Ch’an Patriarch Bodhidharma would later give. It might be a little hard to understand but the point is that we should actualize the teaching in our lives, rather than just studying it and learning it. The teaching is something we study, but it’s also something that we do.

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Daniel is a Zen Teacher in Kansas City. He leads Fountain City Meditation, a floating meditation community. Daniel is affiliated with the Dharma Winds Tradition, where he ordained in 2018. Daniel is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha and he has a weekly podcast called Scharpening the Mind.

One thought on “Diamond Sutra, chapter 19

  1. In reality there are no spiritual truths, there are no words. They are “foreign dust”. Therefore one should not cling to words as they are unreal.

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