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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About Daniel Scharpenburg

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

1 Response

  1. Ben Wacksman

    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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