Diamond Sutra – The Dissolving of Negative Karma
This chapter describes the process of letting go negative karma. From individual karma point of view, where everything we experience now is a consequence of our past actions and habits, the experience of attacks and insults from others are the results of our past actions and habits. If, at the moment of experiencing attacks/insults/unpleasant situation, we can center ourselves in the Truth of this Sutra, instead of resisting or fighting back to the situation, then the negative patterns will eventually run out and be dissolved. This is why the Buddha said aligning, integrating, and sharing of the Truth of this Sutra lead to the dissolving of our negative karma.
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KARMIC OBSTRUCTIONS CAN BE PURIFIED, SIXTEEN
“Furthermore, Subhuti, if a virtuous man or woman receives, holds (in mind), reads and recites this sutra and is despised by others, this person who is bound to suffer from evil destinies in retribution for his past sins, and whose karmic Sins are now eradicated by the others’ contempt, will attain Supreme Enlightenment (Anuttarasamyak-sambodhi).
“Subhuti, I remember that in the past countless aeons before the advent of Dipamkara Buddha, I met 84,000 milliards of Buddhas to whom I made offerings and whom I served faultlessly. Now if in the last period (of 500 years) in the Buddha kalpa someone is able to receive, hold (in mind), read and recite this sutra, his merits will far exceed mine which resulted from my offerings made to Buddhas, for mine cannot be reckoned as one hundredth, one thousandth, one ten thousandth or one hundred thousandth part thereof; in fact no computation or comparison is possible.
“Subhuti, in the last period of the Buddha kalpa, if a virtuous man or woman is able to receive, hold (in mind), read and recite this sutra, my full statement of this person’s merits will create derangement, doubt and disbelief in the minds of all listeners.
“Subhuti, you should know that as the meaning of this sutra is inconceivable, so is the fruit of its reward.”
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