“All Buddhas and their teachings originate from this Sutra” said the Buddha. The Sutra here, refers to not the printed Sutra, nor the spoken or written words, nor the teachings therein, but to the historical and on-going source of all the above. The Sutra here, refers to the realization that Mahakasyapa had when Buddha raised the Lotus Flower (see earlier post: Direct Transmission of the Mind). This is the same realization of all Buddhas and therefore is the source of all their teachings.
There is unlimited, indescribable blessings to hear, accept, and share the wisdom of this Sutra, as it is the original wisdom of all Buddhist teachings. It points us to the reality beyond (yet inclusive of ) forms which leads to liberation.
Which offering do you think is more precious? A describable amount of something, or an indescribable wisdom which brings one to the source which includes everything? Therefore, the Buddha said blessings of sharing this Sutra far surpass that of any worldly offerings.
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THEY ARISE FROM DHARMA, EIGHT
“Subhuti, what do you think? If someone filled the Universe with the seven treasures and gave them all as alms, would his merit be great?”
Subhuti replied: “Very great, World Honoured One.
“Because this merit is not the nature of merit, the Tathagata says it is great.”
“Subhuti, if on the other hand, someone received and kept even a four line stanza of this sutra and expounded it to others, his merit would surpass that (of the giver of treasures).”
“ (Because), Subhuti, all Buddhas and their Supreme-Enlightenment-Dharma originate from this sutra.”
“Subhuti, the so-called Buddhas and Dharmas are not real Buddhas and Dharmas.”