Diamond Sutra – Solid foundation leads to real faith
If you heard of teachings of this Sutra and there is a sudden realization and resonance in you which brings you faith in the truth described. Congratulations! Your good effort has led to right karma and wisdom which leads you to come in touch with this impenetrable wisdom. Learn thoroughly what this Sutra has to offer, and use it to further your practice in your life.
Such was what happened to the Chinese Zen Buddhist Sixth Patriach Hui Neng. As an uneducated woodcutter who had never heard of Buddhism in his life, one day when he past by a farm house and heard of someone chanting a phrase of the Diamond Sutra “应无所住而生其心 (let the mind abide in nothing – no things and no no-thing)“, there was a realization which initiated him to his later study and eventual succession of the tradition.
If you have not experience any particular reaction after hearing this sutra, don’t worry, it is already great karma, as will be described in later chapters, that you got to hear about it. Stay put in your effort and your realization will come.
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PROPER FAITH IS RARE, SIX
Subhuti said to the Buddha: “World Honored One, will there be living beings who can develop a true belief in these words, sentences and chapters when they are expounded to them?”
The Buddha said: “Subhuti, do not speak like that. In the last 500 years, before the final passing of the Tathagata, there will be those who will observe the rules of morality and perform good actions which will result in blessing. These people will be able to develop a faith in these sentences which they will consider as embodying the Truth. You should know that they will not have planted good roots in just one, two, three, four, or five Buddha lands. They will have planted them in countless thousands and tens of thousands of Buddha lands. Upon hearing these sentences, there will arise in them a single thought of pure faith.