Diamond Sutra – perceive, see, believe, understand as such
When the Buddha about to conclude this sutra, he tested his student Subuti and asked: “when someone talk of the notions of self, others, living beings, and immortality, does s/he understand what i teach?” Subhuti answered: “no, because these notions too, are merely names and mental conceptualization, are not to be attached, and not to be understood as the ultimate truth from the Buddha.” The Buddha compassionately furthered: “Whoever made the intention of supreme enlightenment, should perceive as such, see as such, understand as such, and do not let teachings develop into fixed notions. And same applies to this conclusion as well.
Once we embark on the journey to truth and spiritual enlightenment, teachers teachings knowledge method pathway technique experience will come. They are all to be treasured, but not to be attached. If we perceive them, see them, believe them, and understand them as this Sutra suggests, we will be walking on solid path.
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KNOWLEDGE AND VIEWS ARE NOT PRODUCED, THIRTY-ONE
“Subhuti, what do you think? If someone says: ‘The Buddha speaks of the view of an ego, a personality, a being and a life,
“Subhuti, does that person understand what I mean?”
“No, World Honoured one, that person does not understand. Why?”
“Because (when) the Tathagata speaks of the view of an ego, a Personality, a being and a life, it is not really, (but) is (expediently) called the view of an ego, a personality a being and a life.”
“Subhuti, he who develops the Supreme Enlightenment Mind, should thus know, see, believe and comprehend (all things); he should not set up the perception of things (dharma-laksana) in his mind.”
“Subhuti, the so-called form of things (dharma-laksana), the Tathagata says is not, but is, (expediently) called the form of things.”
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