Diamond Sutra – Buddha is beyond image and sound
Further to our earlier discussion “Buddha beyond form and appearance” and “Buddha beyond form and no-form“, in this chapter the Buddha reiterates, real Buddha is beyond appearance and sound. If one “sees” or “hears” the Buddha, one has probably been side-tracked. Next time you see or hear something resembling something like the Buddha, be careful! Maintains your focus and stays at your center.
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THE DHARMA BODY IS NOT APPEARANCES, TWENTY-SIX
“Subhuti, what do you think? Can the Tathagata be recognised by His thirty-two physical characteristics?”
Subhuti replied: “Yes, yes, He can.”
The Buddha said:
“Subhuti, if the Tathagata can be recognised by His thirty-two physical characteristics, a world ruler (cakravarti) would be the Tathagata.”
Subhuti said to the Buddha: “World Honoured One, as I understand your teaching, the Tathagata cannot be recognized by His thirty-two physical characteristics.”
Thereupon, the World Honoured One recited the following gatha:
“He who sees me by outward appearance (And) seeks me in sound,
Treads the heterodox path (And) cannot perceive the Tathagata.”
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