Chapter 9: Pure Land Paradise
The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti, is there any dharma which the Tathagata has learned from Dipankara?.Subhuti replied: Not so, O Lord, there is not.
The Lord said: If any bodhisattva would say, “I will create harmonious buddhafields,” he would speak falsely.
And why? The harmonies of buddhafields.Subhuti, as no-harmonies have they been taught by the Tathagata. Therefore he spoke of “harmonious buddhafields”..
The Lord said: And again, Subhuti, suppose a woman or a man were to renounce all their belongings as many times as there are grains of sand in the river Ganges; and suppose that someone else, after taking from this discourse on dharma but one stanza of four lines, would demonstrate it to others.
Then this latter on the strength of that would beget a greater heap of merit, immeasurable and incalculable.
Thereupon the impact of dharma moved the venerable Subhuti to tears. Having shed tears, he thus spoke to the Lord: It is wonderful, O Lord, it is exceedingly wonderful, O Well-Gone, how well the Tathagata has taught this discourse on dharma. Through it cognition has been produced in me.. And it is indeed no perception. And why? Because the buddhas, the lords, have left all perceptions behind.
The Lord said: So it is, Subhuti.
Most wonderfully blest will be those beings who, on hearing this sutra, will not tremble, nor be frightened, or terrified..
Moreover, Subhuti, the Tathagata’s perfection of patience is really no perfection.
And why? Because, Subhuti, when the king of Kalinga cut my flesh from every limb, at that time I had no perception of a self, of a being, of a soul, or a person.
And why? If, Subhuti, at that time I had had a perception of self, I would also have had a perception of ill will at that time..
And further, Subhuti, it is for the weal of all beings that a bodhisattva should give gifts in this manner.
And why? This perception of a being, Subhuti, that is just a non-perception. Those all-beings of whom the Tathagata has spoken, they are indeed no-beings.
And why? Because the Tathagata speaks in accordance with reality, speaks the truth, speaks of what is, not otherwise. A tathagata does not speak falsely..
”Tathagata,” Subhuti, is synonymous with true suchness..
The Lord asked: What do you think, Subhuti? Is there any dharma which the Tathagata has learned from Dipankara?.Subhuti replied: Not so, O Lord, there is not. Dipankara is an ancient buddha. Gautama the Buddha, in his past life when he was not enlightened, had gone to Dipankara. He wanted to be accepted as a disciple, but Dipankara laughed and he said, “There is nothing to be learned.”
Truth cannot be learned. Yes, something has to be understood, but nothing has to be learned. Truth has to be recognized. It is already there in your being, it has to be uncovered. But there is nothing to learn.
Truth is not new, truth is your very being. You have to become aware. Not that you have to become more knowledgeable, in fact the more knowledgeable you are the less aware you will be. The more you think you know the more you will be covered with ignorance.